Blog Archive

Understanding How PCOS Can Affect Your Body Nov 1st, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common, yet tricky gynecological condition that requires a multifaceted approach, along with trial and error to manage effectively. This hormonal imbalance affects one in 10 women of childbearing age and can throw your body out of whack. Because hormones have a major influence on...

What HPV Means for Your Reproductive Health Oct 1st, 2019

If you’ve been diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV), you’re probably wondering how the virus impacts your health. One of the most common questions women with HPV have is if they can safely have a baby. The HPV virus is extremely common, and the vast majority of women who’ve contracted HPV...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal – Now What? Sep 1st, 2019

It’s perfectly normal to feel worried when you receive abnormal Pap smear results. When your doctor says your Pap test came back abnormal, it means that the test found some cells on your cervix that don’t look like they should. A Pap test may be done as part of a...

What Is the Difference Between Stem Cell Banking and Cord Blood Banking? Aug 7th, 2019

The blood left over in the umbilical cord after you deliver your baby contains special cells, including stem cells. These special cells can treat serious diseases. It’s typical practice to discard afterbirth membranes and substances, but we encourage parents to collect and store cord blood. If you’re considering storing your...

How Infertility Affects Your Mental Health Jul 10th, 2019

If you’re having trouble becoming pregnant, you aren’t alone. Roughly one in eight couples struggles to get pregnant after 12 months of trying. A number of factors play a role in your ability to get pregnant, including age, health status, medical history, lifestyle, and hormones. Dealing with fertility issues can...

How Can HPV Affect Your Pregnancy? May 22nd, 2019

It’s perfectly normal to worry that human papillomavirus (HPV) may harm your unborn child or affect you negatively during pregnancy. The virus causes more than 6 million new infections each year. Currently, nearly 80 million Americans are infected with HPV, and some of them are pregnant. Although HPV is a...

5 STD Facts Every Woman Should Know Apr 19th, 2019

April is STD awareness month, and we’d like to take the opportunity to emphasize the impact STDs have in the United States. Sexually transmitting diseases are not only on the rise in the U.S.; they’ve reached crisis levels, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and...

Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy: Here’s What You Should Know Mar 31st, 2019

It’s estimated that as many as 25% of women experience spotting during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding is a common concern. Though it can feel scary, it’s important not to panic. It should ease your worries to know that the majority of women who experience spotting during...

How Do I Know if My Pregnancy is High Risk Feb 14th, 2019

A pregnancy is high-risk when you or your baby are at an increased risk for complications. Some pregnancies become high-risk as they progress. Under other circumstances, women are at an elevated risk for complications before they become pregnant. Getting specialized prenatal care and taking the right steps help many women...

Keep Up with Your Health This Year: Schedule a Gynecological Exam Jan 15th, 2019

Your annual gynecological exam is more than just a Pap smear. It’s an important part of preventive health, giving you the opportunity to learn more about your health status and act quickly if something is amiss. Despite the benefits of yearly well-woman visits, many women are still missing their annual...

Why is Melasma Common During Pregnancy? Dec 31st, 2018

Melasma, a skin discoloration that produces brownish or grayish spots on your face, neck, and/or arms, is a common condition during pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, up to 70 percent of women develop it. Men can also have melasma, but 90 percent of those affected...

Top 5 Surprising Causes of Infertility Nov 21st, 2018

Infertility is a heartbreaking experience that many Americans face. The good news is that technology and medical advances continue to improve your chances of becoming pregnant despite problems with fertility.   You may be surprised to learn that even if you and your partner are perfectly healthy and fertile, you...

Your Prenatal Visit Checklist: How Best to Be Prepared Oct 26th, 2018

Congratulations! You’re expecting! Now the fun really begins with planning and preparing for your new baby. Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself and your baby, and that’s why prenatal visits are so important. At his practice in Burbank, California, Dr. Richard...

How to Lower Your Chances of Having a High-Risk Pregnancy Sep 12th, 2018

A high-risk pregnancy involves your health as well as the health and wellbeing of your baby (or babies). There are some things you simply can’t change when it comes to lowering your chances of having a high-risk pregnancy.Your age, for instance, plays a role as well as the number of...

How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy? Aug 7th, 2018

If you’re in the first trimester of your pregnancy and struggling through bouts of morning sickness – which you know by now actually happen throughout the day – you may wonder if you’ll ever want to eat again.Many women, however, find their appetite increases with pregnancy. Even those who spend...

Know the Dos and Don’ts of Exercise During Pregnancy Jul 5th, 2018

As long as your pregnancy is not high risk, Dr. Bardowell recommends you exercise routinely most days of the week for 30-60 minutes. Results from numerous, careful research studies backed by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG) wholeheartedly agree.Along with proper prenatal care and a healthy, nutritious diet,...

How a Pap Smear Can Save Your Life Jun 27th, 2018

How a Pap Smear Can Save Your LifeIf a simple lab study existed that might detect abnormalities in your cells before they develop into an invasive and life-threatening disease, you’d probably sign up quickly — like yesterday. Schedule your visit now, because the Pap smear does just that.Well known for...

What is Unexplained Infertility? May 25th, 2018

If you’re having trouble getting or staying pregnant, you’re not alone. Infertility, a medical condition in which a couple can’t conceive a baby or carry a baby to term, affects more than one in eight couples in the United States.There are many known causes of infertility. For example, a condition...

Eight Important Facts to Know About HPV Dec 6th, 2017

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of about 200 different viruses that can cause infections in people. Approximately 40 of these virus types cause infections of the genitals. Since HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, these eight essential facts are useful to know.1. HPV...

Six Things You Didn’t Know About PCOS Nov 17th, 2017

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is more common than you think, affecting 10% of women in the United States. PCOS can cause a wide variety of symptoms and have serious effects on your physical, emotional, and reproductive health.If you’re concerned you have PCOS, call the office of Dr. Richard Bardowell...

Snoozing for Two: Tips For Getting a Good Night's Sleep When You’re Pregnant Nov 3rd, 2017

As any pregnant woman knows, the impending arrival of a newborn seems to inspire an outpouring of advice from just about everyone. From the day you announce your pregnancy until the day you deliver, you’ll probably receive plenty of tips, pointers, and opinions aimed at helping you through your nine...

10 Tips for Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy Oct 13th, 2017

If you’ve decided the time is right to start trying to conceive, you’ll want to take steps to ensure your body is ready for pregnancy. At my practice in Burbank, California, we promote a healthy pregnancy and baby by encouraging a few lifestyle changes, from taking prenatal vitamins to quitting...

What Every Sexually Active Woman Should Know About STDs Oct 5th, 2017

More than nine million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diagnosed in women every year, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This adds to the nearly 60 million existing cases in the United States.It may seem unfair, but a woman’s anatomy makes her more susceptible...

Bleeding During Pregnancy: What’s Normal and What’s Not Oct 2nd, 2017

No one tells first-time moms-to-be, but some spotting during pregnancy is common. Research has shown that as many as 25% of women may experience spotting in the early stages (first trimester) of their pregnancy, and it’s often nothing to worry about. However, bleeding can also occur for concerning medical issues...

Five Reasons You Should Discuss Infertility With Your Doctor Aug 9th, 2017

Young women often assume they’re perfectly capable of having a baby and that they have plenty of time to start a family. But that’s not realistic for everyone. Learning about your chances of getting pregnant before you try to conceive gives you time to solve infertility problems. Over my more...