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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

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. Each year, over 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Every year, over 14,000 women will die in our country from this disease. This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties.  Unfortunately many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments. These symptoms most often include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, feeling full quickly, urinary urgency or frequency. Women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer may be at increased risk.  To learn more, please visit About Ovarian Cancer.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations are not just for kids. Adults need immunizations, too!  Immunizations help protect us from serious diseases and illnesses. It is recommended that everyone older than age 6 months (including women who are pregnant) should get the flu vaccine each year before flu season begins (usually October through May). The tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination (Tdap) should be given to anyone who will be in contact with a newborn. 

Do you know which vaccinations are recommended for you?

Young children under 6 years old

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Pneumococcal, H. Influenzae, Hepatitis & others

Pre-teens and teens

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Meningitis, Influenza, HPV (human papillomavirus) & others based on risk factors, history, and age

Adults

Tetanus and Diphtheria booster, Influenza & others based on risk factors, history, and age

You can learn more at ImmuzationforWomen.org and cdc.gov.

July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month!

GBS AwarenessApproximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry Group B Streptococcus.  Group B Streptococcus is a type of bacteria that is naturally found in the digestive tract and birth canal. However, this bacteria is the leading cause of sepsis (infection in the blood) and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or even die.  

Pregnant women are routinely tested for GBS between 35–37 weeks of their pregnancy by a swab test of both the vagina and rectum. Test results only take a few days. 

Fortunately, most GBS infections that develop at birth can be prevented if women who have tested positive receive at least 4 hours of IV antibiotics prior to delivery.

If you would like to learn more, this is an excellent website by the Group B Strep International organization: GroupBStrepInternational.org

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.