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Questions to Ask Your Doctor at Your Next Prenatal Exam Dec 1st, 2022

Prenatal appointments provide specialized care for expecting mothers and their growing babies. Most women have their first prenatal visit within the first eight weeks of pregnancy, then have regular checkups until their babies are born. All in all, the average woman has 10-15 prenatal care visits over the course of a single...

Carrying Multiples? Follow These Essential Tips Nov 1st, 2022

Are you pregnant with twins, triplets, or higher order multiples? Congratulations! Welcoming new babies into the world is exciting. But when you’re carrying multiples, we know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Multiples make up about 3% of pregnancies, and expecting more than one baby comes with different risks. As a...

3 Things You Should Know If You're Pregnant and Diabetic Oct 6th, 2022

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition in which your blood sugar is too high. It affects 15 million American women, and it’s linked to health issues like nerve damage, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. If you have diabetes and you’re planning to try for a baby, take steps now —...

What No One Told You About the Placenta Sep 1st, 2022

The placenta is a unique organ that grows in your uterus when you’re pregnant. It’s the only transient organ that humans have, and it serves a vital role in your baby’s development. There’s a lot that medical experts don’t understand about the placenta and how it works, but it’s clear...

It's Not All Bad: 5 Positive Parts of Menopause Aug 1st, 2022

Hot flashes and night sweats. Mood swings and irritability. Painful intercourse and low libido. All of these and more are common symptoms of menopause, the biological transition that women endure in their 40s or 50s. Most women dread the onset of menopause. With all the negative symptoms, it’s easy to...

5 Lesser Known Causes of Infertility Jul 6th, 2022

At first glance, getting pregnant might seem simple. But it’s a complex process that must happen in exactly the right way, and when it doesn’t, infertility is often the result. Doctors generally diagnose infertility after you’ve been trying for at least one year to get pregnant (or after six months if you’re...

When To Consider Robotic Surgery for Ovarian Cysts Jun 5th, 2022

Ovarian cysts are small sacs that grow on your ovaries and fill with fluid. They’re extremely common, and almost every woman gets at least one in her lifetime. Generally speaking, ovarian cysts are a normal part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Your ovaries transform throughout your menstrual cycle, and cysts...

5 Major Benefits of Effective Birth Control May 15th, 2022

Around 65% of sexually active American women use birth control. From oral pills to injections, contraception gives you the ability to decide if and when you want to grow your family. The average couple wants 2-3 children, so you may choose birth control to avoid pregnancy during many of your...

Everything Your Health Teacher Didn't Tell You About Your Period Apr 7th, 2022

Most girls get their first period around age 12 and go on to have monthly periods until menopause starts around age 51. If you’re doing the math, that equates to 400-500 periods over the course of a woman’s lifetime. Periods are normal, but unfortunately, menstrual cycle education is often lacking for girls and...

Managing Your High-Risk Pregnancy Mar 8th, 2022

More than 3.6 million babies are born in the United States every year. Although the majority of women experience routine pregnancies and births, between 6-8% of those pregnancies are high-risk. A high-risk pregnancy means that you or your baby have certain health issues that increase your risk of complications during...

Lifestyle Adjustments for Menopause Feb 7th, 2022

Every woman goes through menopause, usually in her 40s or 50s. It’s a transition that means you’re no longer able to get pregnant, and it brings with it a host of unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain. You’re in menopause when it’s been a full year...

What You Should Know About Your Cycle When You're Trying to Get Pregnant Jan 4th, 2022

So you and your partner have decided to try for a baby. Congratulations! Trying to get pregnant is exciting, but it’s normal to have questions, too.  Maybe you’re wondering if tracking your cycle is really necessary, or maybe you’re curious about how to make sure you have the best chances...

Tips for Surviving a Winter Pregnancy Dec 6th, 2021

When you’re pregnant, every new season is exciting. Pregnancy brings many changes in your habits and your lifestyle, and you might be surprised how changing temperatures affect your day-to-day life. A winter pregnancy means you won’t be dealing with hot summer temperatures while pregnant, but it can bring up a...

Want to Work Out While Pregnant? Here's What You Should Know Nov 2nd, 2021

Regular exercise is essential for optimal wellness. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that most adults get 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week. But if you’re pregnant, you might wonder if exercising is such a good idea. Maybe you’re nauseous...

Myths and Facts About Prenatal Care Oct 5th, 2021

Prenatal care is specialized medical attention for pregnant women. While each woman's needs are different, prenatal care generally includes monthly appointments to track your health and your baby’s growth during pregnancy. Regular prenatal care is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Your...

Pregnancy Timeline: Here's What You Can Expect Sep 7th, 2021

Pregnancy is a dramatic transformation. In just nine months, a tiny group of cells grows into a newborn baby. It’s one of the most life-changing experiences you’ll go through, and having lots of questions is normal. The good news is that you don’t have to figure it out alone. A....

5 Conditions That Cause Vaginal Bleeding Aug 4th, 2021

Most women have menstrual periods every month from their teenage years until menopause.  The average period lasts two to seven days, and one menstrual cycle lasts anywhere from 21-35 days. It’s normal for your menstrual cycle to vary, but did you know that your period says a lot about your...

How to Prepare for Birthing Multiples Jul 26th, 2021

Finding out you’re pregnant is exciting and perhaps a little nerve-wracking. But finding out that you’re expecting multiples (like twins or triplets) can be downright shocking. Twins make up about three in every 1,000 births in the United States. For triplets, that number drops to about one in every 4,000...

Is Depo-Provera® Right for Me? Jun 15th, 2021

Nearly two-thirds of women ages of 15-49 use birth control. Used properly, birth control gives you the ability to choose when and if you get pregnant, and it’s a key element of your reproductive health care. There are many options when it comes to birth control. From daily pills to...

Little Known Causes of Vaginal Dryness May 3rd, 2021

Your vaginal walls naturally have a thin layer of mucus. This mucus lubricates your vagina to keep it comfortable and reduce friction during sexual intercourse. But vaginal dryness is a common problem that develops when there’s not enough moisture down there. Vaginal dryness can cause itching, discomfort, and pain with...

How to Get Your Menopause Symptoms Under Control Apr 1st, 2021

Menopause is a natural biological process that every woman experiences. But the symptoms — from mood swings and insomnia to hot flashes and weight gain — can make this time of your life downright unpleasant. Menopause symptoms are triggered by changing hormone levels. Estrogen and progesterone levels begin declining as...

The Care You Can Expect During Your Pregnancy Mar 3rd, 2021

Good prenatal care is one of the best ways to set yourself and your baby up for success. Starting with your first appointment, it encompasses your baby’s growth and development, but it also promotes your own health, helping you prepare for labor, delivery, and becoming a mother. A. Michael Coppa, MD,...

Choosing the Right Birth Control for You Feb 4th, 2021

From pills to skin patches and intrauterine devices to injections, there are lots of options when it comes to birth control. The two main types are hormonal and barrier methods, and each option has its benefits. All the options might seem overwhelming, but the right birth control method for you...

The Importance of Routine Gynecological Exams Jan 4th, 2021

Did you know that you should have a comprehensive well-woman exam each year? It’s true. Even if you’re generally healthy and feeling good, you should check in annually with your doctor. Routine exams might seem like just another item to add to your long to-do list, but these appointments are...

What Causes Infertility? Dec 1st, 2020

Did you know that about one in 10 couples has fertility problems? Deciding it’s time to start a family and then finding out that you’re facing infertility can be devastating. But you’re not alone, and treatment can significantly improve your chances of conceiving. Infertility is generally diagnosed when you’ve been...

What To Do About Night Sweats Nov 3rd, 2020

Do you fall asleep only to awaken a short time later soaked in sweat? If you’re in perimenopause or menopause, you could be experiencing night sweats, a common symptom of hormonal fluctuation. And if you’re waking up in the night drenched in sweat, chances are good that you’re suffering hot...

Birth Control Shots: Benefits of Depo-Provera® Oct 1st, 2020

For many women, the oral birth control pill is the first thing that comes to mind when they consider their contraception options. But these days, there are a lot more birth control options from which to choose. Each type of birth control has its benefits, and you need to consider...

Symptoms to Discuss With Your Doctor During Pregnancy Sep 22nd, 2020

Your body goes through a dramatic transformation during pregnancy. Regular prenatal appointments are essential to keep you and your growing baby healthy, and your appointments are the perfect time to discuss symptoms and questions you might have. Some symptoms, like fatigue and morning sickness, are normal. But when do your...

Here's Why You Should Never Ignore Vaginal Dryness Aug 13th, 2020

Hormonal changes — whether from menopause, childbirth, or something else — can trigger vaginal dryness. Decreased vaginal moisture often makes sexual intercourse uncomfortable, but the symptoms don’t stop there.  Vaginal dryness is a common problem, yet up to 90% of women living with vaginal discomfort don’t seek treatment. You might...

Which Form of Birth Control Is Right for Me? Jul 20th, 2020

Two-thirds of sexually active American women use some form of birth control. As a woman, birth control, also called contraception, is a key component of your health care plan because it gives you the ability to control whether you get pregnant. The two main types of contraception are hormonal and...

Myths and Facts About Pregnancy Every Woman Should Know Jun 15th, 2020

Pregnancy is an exciting time. It’s also one of dramatic changes, both physically and mentally. When you start reading a pregnancy guide, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by what you should and shouldn’t do to have a healthy pregnancy.  It seems like everyone has their own tips and tricks to...

Don't Let Menopause Affect Your Sex Life May 7th, 2020

At some point in their 40s or 50s, women experience menopause, the natural end of their menstrual cycle. Throughout your reproductive years, your menstrual cycle is regulated by hormones. You can get pregnant, and you have a period every month when you aren’t.  But your hormone levels decline as you...

How to Exercise Safely If You’re Pregnant Apr 18th, 2020

Pregnancy changes a lot about your body. It’s common to suffer aches, weight gain, and fatigue as you support a growing baby. While exercise might be the last thing on your mind when you’re feeling drained, it can boost energy and help you feel more like yourself. It’s generally safe...

What You Should Know About Endometriosis and Infertility Mar 20th, 2020

About 11% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 have endometriosis, and up to half of all women who experience infertility have it. Endometriosis develops when your uterine lining — called the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. The endometrium naturally grows inside your uterus and sheds during...

When’s the Right Time to Try for Another Baby? Feb 21st, 2020

The decision to have your first child is life-changing. And once you’re holding your newborn, you settle into a routine and get comfortable as a family of three. Then, eventually, you might start thinking about when you should start trying for another baby. Ask family and friends, and you’ll find...

Can Fibroids Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant? Dec 31st, 2019

About 80% of women will have had a fibroid by the time they turn 50. They’re common growths that develop in the uterus, and they’re generally painless. But sometimes fibroids can interfere with fertility and make it more difficult to get pregnant.  At our comprehensive OB/GYN clinics in Cranston, Providence,...

Menopause and Heart Disease: What Every Woman Should Know Dec 1st, 2019

Menopause is a natural part of life that every woman goes through. The average age range of menopause, which is when you stop having your menstrual cycle, is 48 to 55. Officially, menopause starts when you stop menstruating for a full year. The time leading up to menopause, when your...

8 Best Ways to Improve Sleep During Your Pregnancy Nov 1st, 2019

Some women find that they sleep like babies for the entire nine months of pregnancy, but others struggle to get the sleep they need to feel rested. If you need help getting your pregnancy ZZZs, here are eight tips for better sleep from Dr. A. Michael Coppa, an OB/GYN with...

How to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer Oct 10th, 2019

There's no way to prevent breast cancer entirely, and factors like age and genetics may be beyond your control. But if you're concerned about your risk of developing breast cancer, you can take steps to minimize your risk. Michael Coppa, MD, has more than 25 years of experience supporting women’s...

PCOS: What You Should Know About One the Most Common Causes of Infertility Sep 4th, 2019

Getting your monthly period can be challenging enough. But, when you can’t even predict when you’re going to get it or when you do get it, it’s very heavy, it is even more challenging. Irregular and heavy periods are symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common condition...

Weight Gain During Pregnancy: How Much Is Healthy? Aug 1st, 2019

During pregnancy, there are lots of steps you can take to help keep yourself and your baby healthy and to lower your risk of pregnancy complications. One of these steps is to gain the right amount of weight. But how much weight gain is right for you and your baby?...

8 Tips for Choosing the Best Obstetrician for You Jul 18th, 2019

An obstetrician is a specialized physician with advanced training in pregnancy, childbirth, and women’s reproductive matters. These doctors are also known as OB/GYNs and go through specialized programs that focus on:  Prenatal health Pregnancy Labor and childbirth Health problems after childbirth Genetics and genetic counseling Dr. A. Michael Coppa has...

What Happens if Endometriosis is Left Untreated? Jun 5th, 2019

Endometriosis is a painful gynecological condition that affects about 1 in 10 women of childbearing years. While there is no known cause of endometriosis, some factors raise a woman’s risk of developing it. Risk factors include having a family member with the disease, having started your period before age 11,...

Can Pelvic Organ Prolapse be Prevented? May 27th, 2019

As many as one in five women in the US experience disorders related to problems with the pelvic floor, a system of muscle and tissue that supports the organs of the pelvis. Though one of the least common of these disorders, pelvic floor prolapse can have a serious impact on...

At What Age am I Considered a High-Risk Pregnancy? Apr 1st, 2019

If someone tells you your pregnancy is high-risk, that means there could be potential health concerns for you or your baby. Several different things can play a role in whether or not your pregnancy is high-risk. For some women, it’s having a pre-existing condition like diabetes, hypertension, or lupus. For...

Questions to Ask When Looking to Find Your Best Pregnancy Doctor Feb 28th, 2019

It's only natural to start thinking about everything from names to nursery decor after learning you're pregnant. In all the excitement, however, don't forget another big decision — selecting an obstetrician. At his offices located in Cranston and Smithfield, Rhode Island, Dr. A. Michael Coppa brings over 25 years of...

What Causes Vaginal Dryness and Treatment Options Feb 1st, 2019

Vaginal dryness can occur at any age, during any stage of your life, but it’s most common in older women during menopause. This unpleasant condition can interfere with your sex life and your self-confidence. For more than 25 years, at his practice’s locations in Cranston and Smithfield, Rhode Island, Dr....

Why So Many Women are Choosing the IUD for Their Birth Control Jan 14th, 2019

The world of birth control offers up a wide array of options that suit almost every goal. If yours is to find a way to prevent pregnancy, without having to think about it, an intrauterine device, or IUD, is just the ticket. Here at our practice, Dr. A. Michael Coppa...

10 Tips to Managing Your Menopause Symptoms at Work Dec 18th, 2018

While some women sail through the transition to menopause without so much as a hot flash, there are many who must manage uncomfortable, sometimes debilitating, symptoms of menopause and still stay on task at work. It’s important to first understand that you’re not alone. Dr. Coppa not only can help...

5 Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Having a High-Risk Pregnancy Nov 30th, 2018

Whether it’s your first child or you’re adding to a growing family, you want your pregnancy to go as smoothly as possible. Of course, not everything is risk-free, which is certainly true when it comes to bringing a child into the world. That said, you can take certain steps to...