On September 27, 2020, the Albuquerque Journal announced that Women’s Specialists of New Mexico is a Reader’s Choice winner in the gynecology category of the 2020 contest. Albuquerque Journal Readers' Choice — now in its 7th year — celebrates the best that Albuquerque and New Mexico have to offer in over 250 different categories of businesses, places and people in the city and state. There are several contenders in each of the category with only one winner. The 2020 contest attracted more than 150,000 votes from Albuquerque and around the State. “The providers at WSNM are thrilled to be recognized as the winner for gynecology care” said Practice Executive, Kathy Teston, “This is truly a special recognition since it comes from our community members. We appreciate voters who value the care and trust our providers for their full range of gynecology care.” At WSNM, patients can choose to be cared for by a physician, midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. The practice offers routine gynecological exams and treatment and advice for vaginitis, contraception, abnormal bleeding, urinary tract infections as well as screening for sexually transmitted diseases.Each year WSNM sees over 25,000 women. Providers believe that helping each woman maintain her gynecological health is an integral part of an overall healthy life.Thank you New Mexico for this wonderful recognition!!
Menopause Basics Menopause is defined as a year without a period. Perimenopause is the transition years leading up to that final period. Some women experience no changes in their cycles, but cycle irregularity is common and can be problematic. Periods that arrive less that 21 days from prior period need to be discussed, as does abnormally heavy flow. Most women experience menopause between their mid-forties up to 58 or so. The average age of menopause is 51. The timing of menopause can be influenced by smoking, genetics, health, or surgical removal of the ovaries. The ovaries no longer produce estrogen. Symptoms are due to the lack of estrogen. Some women have no symptoms of menopause other than the absence of a menses. Most women experience a handful of common symptoms. The most common and problematic is hot flushes, night sweats which interfere with sleep. Quality of life is reduced when sleep is disturbed. Thinning of the vaginal tissue can affect intimacy by causing painful intercourse. Sexual desire may disappear. Weight gain particularly in the midsection is common. These changes are natural and normal. Many times, the symptoms may last from a few months to many years. There is a plethora of options available to us to manage menopausal symptoms. Estrogen replacement is the most effective. But not every woman is a candidate for HRT nor may she desire to take medication for many reasons. A personal history of breast cancer or high breast cancer risk, smoking, cardiovascular [...]
WSNM and COVID-19 WSNM and COVID-19 Women’s Specialists of New Mexico is reaching out to our patients with information on our response to the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus. If you have an appointment, check in with our front desk, verify your mobile phone number and then go wait in your car. We will call you when it is time for your appointment. We ask that no one accompanies you to this appointment. Please wear a face covering to your appointment. First, for up-to-date information on the developing situation in New Mexico, we are encouraging patients monitor the http://cv.nmhealth.org. Here you will find the latest official information on COVID -19 in New Mexico as well as guidance for self-protection. WSNM is checking this informational site daily and responding with appropriate measures. We are also closely monitoring the New Mexico Department of Health website and the national website of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 webpage daily. Second, we want to remind our patients that we take care of women’s health, providing emergent gynecological visits and prenatal care for pregnant moms. Unlike primary care or internal medicine clinics, we do not treat patients with colds and flu. If you need medical care for these conditions, please seek help from your family practice provider or an urgent care. Our offices are open for scheduled OB-GYN appointments. However, if you have flu like symptoms, please do not come into our office. If you have a non-essential appointment and want [...]
Birth of a Midwife As a nurse, I was brand new to labor and delivery--and I was on my third night shift in a row. Walking back from a quick break, I was called over by the charge nurse. "You have the next admit from triage," she told me. "She's a live one--and so is her family. They're carnies." "What's that?" I asked, bewildered. "You know, the people who do the circus and carnival circuit--gypsies," she said, innocently using a term that is now considered derogatory, but was then often applied to the nomadic ethnic group known as Roma. "She's going natural." I felt a quiver of anxiety. When it came to giving labor support, I'd created a high bar for myself. I hadn't yet gone through childbirth myself, but for my patients' sake, I assumed that I needed to exude a certain confidence. The real test came when a woman in the throes of a contraction would ask, "Well…do you have any kids yourself?" This challenge felt as great to me as any clinical ordeal I'd ever faced. Okay, I can do this, I told myself, taking a deep breath. This was a busy Saturday night. It was a State Fair weekend, late summer of '89, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plenty of pregnant women were arriving in triage, dehydrated from their day in the sun. The night had been a string of false labors. The protocol was simple: Hydrate, rest and reassess, then out the door. [...]