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by Jeanne Novas, MDby Jeanne Novas, MD   


Novas, Dohr, Coll & Gadson Ob/Gyn Associates offers the most thorough genetic testing during your pregnancy, as recommended by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In office-ultrasound Nuchal Lucency testing at 12 weeks can detect cardiac defects, cystic hygroma, and identify pregnancies at higher risk to tailor care accordingly.

In most other practices, patients have to be referred out for this level of evaluation, and not all patients are given that option. We also counsel our patients on the cell free DNA testing, which can find fetal cells in Mom's bloodstream at 10-12 weeks and even confirm the sex of the baby! Certain carrier genes can also be tested. We work with the labs for these tests so you can receive them at a reasonable cost. Sequential testing at 12 and 16 weeks is also done for those who decline the cell free DNA testing. These are tests that allow us to perform early diagnosis and provide the best care to you through pregnancy.

We also do amniocentisis for certain high risk pregnancies or by patient choice. Very few OBGYN groups are offering this level of care, and patients are not aware of this. Many practices may say they offer patients testing, and then refer them outside of the practice at a greater cost and inconvenience to the patient. These are optional tests, and we have many patients who benefit greatly from this level of care.


 

Introducing Volbella!

Dympna Coll MD Dympna Coll, MD 


If you've longed for lip augmentation but were afraid of an unnatural look, it is now time to consider Volbella. Juvéderm Volbella® XC is the new lip filler approved by the FDA. Volbella was developed specifically for the lips and mouth area. It is a smooth gel that uses the latest Vycross technology. It contains hyaluronic acid which attracts and retains moisture and increases lip fullness.

When injected Volbella gives a soft and natural feel that can last for up to one year. Inclusion of lidocaine helps to reduce the discomfort associated with lip augmentation. Call today and schedule a consultation for a new way to make your lips fuller and more attractive.


 

OB Trends

Jeanne Novas MD Jeanne Novas, MD 

Have you noticed?

National data now show pregnancies and deliveries among women in their teens to early twenties are WAY down. This is thought to be due to social changes, IUDs, and better education on birth control.  We are delaying our pregnancies!

At the same time, 30-45 year old deliveries are WAY up – double the rate.  This results in a lot of high risk just due to age, increased obesity, and infertility as well – treated with in vitro fertilization.  This means a much higher cesarean section rate, complications, less successful use of midwives and natural childbirth, and more pitocin.

We at Novas, Dohr, Coll & Gadson Ob/Gyn Associates can definitely confirm this trend in our practice.  The overall delivery rate is very slightly down – the main change is delayed childbirth and increasing complications with good outcomes, thanks to good OB care. 

Make sure you’re getting good OB care!


Great News!

Julie Dohr MDby Julie Dohr, MD

We have recently been awarded reaccreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine for OB/GYN. 

We are the only Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in Barrington who achieved this certificate. We have been accredited by AIUM since 2002.

We believe that ultrasound is an extremely useful tool in Obstetrics and Gynecology. It has advanced our ability to diagnose conditions that can improve your fertility, and can help guide our patients through successful pregnancies.

In gynecology we call it “An extension of our hand”, as we can use it to discover treatable conditions of your uterus and ovaries.

If you are having any pelvic pain or bleeding problems, or difficulty getting pregnant ask your doctor if an ultrasound would help.


 

Preventing Tears in Childbirth

Julie Dohr MDby Julie Dohr, MD

Decrease your chances of tearing and having severe tears at the time of birth!  

What you can do:

  • Start doing perineal massage daily at 34 weeks. Ask your doctor to show you how
  • Warm compression on the perineum when you are pushing.  Ask your nurse to do this for you!
  • Mild perineal massage by your doctor when you are pushing
  • Ask your doctor not to perform a routine episiotomy

These techniques have been backed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and your doctors at Novas, Dohr, Coll & Gadson Ob/Gyn Associates.

Ask us at your next OB appointment!


Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Vidhi Gadson MDVidhi Gadson, MD

Want the most effective method of birth control without the every day, every week, or every month hassle of remembering and worrying?

Then long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods may be the answer for you. These methods include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant. 

Facts:

  • If pregnancy is desired or you want to stop using this method, it can be removed ANY time.
  • Fewer than 1 in 100 women using an IUD or an implant will become pregnant. This rate is in the same range as that for sterilization.
  • Long-term studies show overall LARC is more effective than birth control pills, the patch, or the ring.  
  • Once it is in place, you do not have to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.
  • No one can tell that you are using birth control.
  • It does not interfere with sex or daily activities.    

LARC has been backed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and your doctors at Novas, Dohr, Coll & Gadson Ob/Gyn Associates.

Ask us about LARC at your next annual visit, or sooner, if this sounds like the right method for you!