Welcome to Southwest Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology’s New Blog!

Dr. Payne, as well as the nurses and staff at our office, are committed to serving our community. We are dedicated to helping women improve their lives through better choices. This blog will serve as a forum to discuss the latest obstetrical and gynecological medical developments and health advice. We want to help YOU to be fit and happy. Whether your goal is to lose weight, grow your family, or simply take a more active role in managing your well-being, we are here to help you succeed. Join us in celebrating women’s lives. Together we can make a difference!

However, we can’t do this alone – we need to hear from you! Let us know what topics you’re interested in and what issues really matter to you. Please contact us with topics of interest at info@swgaobgyn.com, or use our contact form. We look forward to your feedback!

Best regards,
The Providers and Staff at Southwest Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, but it accounts for only about 3% of all cancer in women.  Each year, approximately 20,000 women in the United States get ovarian cancer.  Many times, the diagnosis is made late into the cancer progression due to the silent and vague symptoms that may be present.  Let's look at some risk factors and symptoms that have been associated with ovarian cancer.

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Endometriosis is a chronic condition that can cause pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, and even infertility. To improve your quality of life, treatment is often necessary. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus. Although not all women with endometriosis have symptoms, the most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. Women with endometriosis often suffer from many other symptoms such as irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, abdominal bloating, diarrhea or constipation, low back pain, and/or fatigue.  Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are non-specific and can occur with other medical conditions that are also common in women with endometriosis.

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Breast Cancer Early Detection - Mammograms

Mammograms Save lives!
Mammograms are still the best way to find breast cancer early. They can find breast lumps when they are too small for a woman or her doctor to feel on a clinical breast exam.

Birth Defects Prevention

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.

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Toy and Gift Safety

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month.

Toys are fun for people both young and old. They also play an important part in a child's development.  Christmas is the time of year that most children receive an abundance of gifts, primarily toys.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Emergency Rooms treated over 250,000 toy-related injuries in 2010. Most children were less than 15 years of age. Each year, toymakers recall millions of toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small parts which could pose a hazard to children's health. Choking accidents tend to occur in younger children.  Eye injuries can be serious and may lead to permanent blindness.  Age appropriate toys should be given to promote the safe use of each toy.

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November is Prematurity Awareness Month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month! Premature birth occurs in about 11 to 13 percent of pregnancies (more than half a million babies ) in the US. Almost 60 percent of twins, triplets, and other multiple deliveries result in preterm births. Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. That’s serious cause for concern.

A baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature.  Babies born early are at risk of long-lasting health problems and lifelong disabilities. Although babies born very preterm are a small percentage of all births, these very preterm infants account for a large proportion of infant deaths. More infants die from preterm-related problems than from any other single cause. Some premature babies require special care and spend weeks or months hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The earlier a baby is born, the more severe his or her health problems are likely to be. Those who survive may face lifelong problems to include mental disabilities, cerebral palsy, respiratory and intestinal problems, as well as vision and hearing loss. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we want to discuss this important subject that affects many women each year.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women.  More than 200,000 women and 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year!  In fact, most of us have friends or family members affected by breast cancer or know of those who do.

We can be proactive in our cause by detecting breast cancer as early as possible and supporting those undergoing treatment for it.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) and American College of Gynecology (ACOG) encourage women to have a self-awareness of their breasts on a regular basis, so they can know what the ‘normal’ look and feel of their breasts are and when to report a finding to their health care provider.  A CBE (Clinical Breast Exam) should be performed as part of your examination by your health care provider.  ACS and ACOG recommend that women have mammograms beginning at the age of 40 and thereafter to screen for signs of breast cancer at an early and more treatable stage and also to have a guideline for future mammograms.  There are additional tests and procedures that may be needed based on your history.  Join us in this campaign and be aware of your health!

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Southwest Georgia Obstetrics & Gynecology desires to provide its patients with informative content and articles related to women’s health and management. However, these links and the information provided should not take the place of visiting your Physician if you are experiencing medical discomfort or if you require additional information concerning a medical issue. Dr. Paul Payne is not liable for any medical advice or information given out on this page. However, we welcome appointments to discuss any problems or concerns you may be having. Thank you for your understanding.