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Dr. Falae joins Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine with a passion for improving women’s health

Today, more than ever, women are busy. From careers to children, many women report never-ending to-do lists and feeling like they just can’t keep up. They understand that many people are depending on them for everything from car rides to soccer games, speeches to stakeholders, and friendship and support. It’s critical that women make their own health a priority as well.

Dr. Adebola Falae has recently joined Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive medicine in Katy. She has a passion for improving women’s health and understands that a woman’s gynecologist may be the only physician appointment she has each year. Dr. Falae offers the following tips for ensuring that you get the most out of your annual appointment:

  • Schedule it and go. It can be tempting to cancel or postpone your annual checkup with your gynecologist when life gets busy, especially for women who don’t need birth control refills or who don’t need annual Pap tests. These appointments are critical for preventative health as it gives you an opportunity to discuss any potential health risks and how to manage them.
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  • Don’t just go for the exam, ask questions. Your physician doesn’t know how your life or health has changed in the last year. Changes in stress, nutrition, mood, medications, and even your sex life should be discussed as this can provide valuable insight into your overall health. Remember that your doctor doesn’t judge, and no topic is off limits. If it’s on your mind, talk about it.
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  • Sometimes additional appointments will be required. We know you only want to visit the doctor once a year, but know that if your physician is asking for a follow-up appointment or additional testing, it’s important. Be sure to make these appointments a priority as well.

To schedule your well-woman health appointment, call 855-346-8610 today.

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What young women need to know about making your first appointment with a gynecologist

Many young ladies feel awkward for several years as they transition from a child into a woman. When you add the need to see a gynecologist into the mix, it can be a perfect recipe for nerves and anxiety.

Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Falae, of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine provide an overview of what to expect and offer helpful advice to prepare for the appointment.

Before the exam

  • If your menstrual cycle is predictable, schedule your appointment for the middle and avoid intercourse, douching, or using tampons for two days before the exam.
  • Think about questions or concerns you may have and write them down. Common questions include birth control, infections, irregular or painful periods, and mood swings that are related to your monthly cycle
  • Gather your family medical history

The day of the exam

  • Avoid powders or creams in the pelvic area as they can alter test results.
  • At the beginning of your appointment a nurse will weigh and measure you and take your blood pressure. She may also ask for blood or urine samples.
  • The gynecologist will talk with you about your medical history and any questions you have. It is important to be honest about any concerns and truthful about your sexual history. While these questions may feel uncomfortable, they help the doctor fully understand your case. All answers are kept completely confidential.
  • During the exam, you will rest your feet in stirrups. The doctor will likely perform a physical exam as well as use a speculum for a better view of your vagina. He will remove a small sample of cells from the cervix and send them to laboratory for a Pap test to detect for early signs of cancer.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call our office at 855-346-8610 today.

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The importance of healthy diets throughout the 3 stages of pregnancy

Drs. Taryll Jenkins and Adebola Falae work with women in all stages of their pregnancy for pre-conception health, prenatal care, and post-natal care. Throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy, it is important for women to focus on appropriate nutrition. Our team talks to patients about healthy diets throughout the three stages of pregnancy.

First Trimester

During the first trimester, the baby is developing extremely fast, so iron intake is important. Iron can be found in meat (heme iron) and in leafy greens (non-heme iron). Both are beneficial to you and your baby, as it helps with red blood cell development. If you are a vegetarian or do not like meat, consider a glass of orange juice to help with iron absorption.

Second Trimester

During the second trimester, morning sickness will start to subside and your appetite may be in full swing! Now is the time to incorporate carrots and sweet potatoes, as these foods are rich in beta carotenes during the time your baby’s eyes are developing. Dairy is great as well since the bones of the baby are developing and calcium can help strengthen them. Boosting vitamin D (either through sunshine exposure or foods) can help with calcium absorption and is perfect for warding off colds and other viruses that can attack while your immune system is lower than normal.

Third Trimester

Vitamin K is the star during this stage, as well as milk for calcium and magnesium.

Schedule a visit today

Learning about building nutritional reserves for both you and your baby is an essential element of self-care. At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, our professionals can walk patients through the benefits of a healthy diet throughout the pregnancy! Contact our practice at (855) 346-8610 or visit at Medical Plaza 1, 23920 Katy Freeway #215 in Katy.

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Katy area doctor describes treating malignant ovarian tumors during pregnancy

Studies have shown that ovarian cancer occurs in approximately 1 in 18,000 pregnancies. When women have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, they may feel at a loss as to how to proceed with their pregnancy. Drs. Taryll Jenkins and Adebola Falae of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine can assist in treating malignant ovarian tumors during pregnancy.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is performed during pregnancy with an ultrasound, as CT and CAT scans can increase radiation exposure. If an ultrasound does not provide enough information for a proper evaluation and diagnosis, then an MRI may be appropriate and safe. CA-125 blood testing, which is typically used for diagnosis, is often not accurate during pregnancy because there is usually an elevation in the marker during pregnancy, which can create a false positive. However, extremely high numbers are abnormal, even during pregnancy.

Treatment

The primary step used to treat ovarian cancer is surgical removal. For pregnant individuals, the second trimester is often the most successful, unless the patient is a high-risk pregnancy. There are always risks when it comes to surgeries such as this during pregnancy, which need to be discussed prior to treatment. Chemotherapy is another option.

Our team can help!

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and are currently pregnant, it is important that you receive proper care. Drs. Taryll Jenkins and Adebola Falae in Katy, TX provide the services necessary to deal with cancer during pregnancy. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our staff to learn about the options of treating malignant ovarian tumors while carrying a child. Our friendly office staff can be reached at (855) 346-8610 to schedule an appointment at our practice conveniently located at 23920 Katy Freeway #215 in Medical Plaza 1. We welcome new patients who are seeking discreet, reliable care.

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Reduce your risk of infertility with weight loss and achieve a healthy BMI

We’re constantly bombarded with ads for products to help us lose weight. We hear so much about the many problems with being overweight, including infertility. But did you know being underweight can also put you at risk fertility problems?
 
During well-women visits, Drs. Falae and Jenkins have probably discussed eating well and staying active. These habits are important to your health and the health of any children you may be trying to have. So “weight loss and infertility” goes together in a couple ways:
 

  • Losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can dramatically improve your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Weight loss that is too dramatic or a diet and exercise regimen that results in irregular or missed periods makes it harder for you to become pregnant.

 
Doctors often recommend that overweight women shed some pounds if they are trying to get pregnant, which also reduces the odds of complications. A ratio of weight to height or Body Mass Index greater than 24.9 is considered “overweight.” Likewise, a BMI of less than 18.5 is “underweight.” You’ll want to fall within a healthy weight range.

Other considerations

The responsibility of weight management doesn’t just fall on the would-be mother. A man’s sperm count and quality can be affected by being overweight or underweight. For this reason, it’s important for your partner to take diet or exercise recommendations to heart.
 
Infertility isn’t an easy issue. The doctors are sensitive to the complexities and emotions weight loss entails. Many factors can come into play, from age to health problems. There are a lot things you can control to help ensure a long healthy life for you, your partner, and your baby, but the doctors also have treatment options that consider your unique needs and challenges. Call 855-346-8610 to schedule an appointment.

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Tips for preparing for your first visit to a gynecologist

Preparing for your first visit to a Gynecologist shouldn’t be scary! The doctors understand fear of the unknown is often cause for anxiety. They are available to answer any questions you may have. The more you understand, the less you’ll fear. Some girls find it helpful to speak beforehand with a family member or friend they can trust.

A few “basics”

Drs. Jenkins and Falae specialize in both obstetrics and gynecology. Gynecologists work with women and girls to prevent, diagnose, manage, and treat conditions that affect their reproductive health. Obstetricians focus on pregnant women and the health of mother and baby.
 
You’re not sick, so you may wonder “why” you should see a gynecologist. Think of when you visit your family doctor who checks your heart and blood pressure, even when you feel fine. These annual exams are important, in case things are going on that require monitoring or even treatment.
 
The visit serves some important purposes:

  • You get lots of accurate information and can ask questions you couldn’t ask your mom or other family members, like about your periods, sex, or how your body is changing.
  • You learn about ways to feel your best, like eating a healthy diet and managing stress.
  • If your periods are a pain or you have other problems, the doctors find what’s causing them so you feel better.

 
The first visit is about getting to know you. Drs. Falae and Jenkins may also check things like your height and weight, like your family doctor does. Other exams may be ordered if you are having problems such as spotting or pain. The doctors discuss what to expect during the visit and future visits. Remember you can always have a trusted friend or family member with you if you wish. They look forward to seeing you!

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Katy doctors put you at ease about preparing for a well-woman visit

A lot of different factors contribute to your staying happy and healthy. Preparing for a well-woman visit starts with understanding the many aspects of these all-important annual “check-ups” with Drs. Jenkins and Falae.

The visit generally includes:

  • Screening for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis
  • Testing for anything out of the ordinary, which may indicate the presence of breast, colon, or cervical cancers
  • Talking about and checking for sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes and chlamydia
  • Discussing your options for birth control, including pills, IUDs, and NuvaRing
  • Learning ways to maintain a healthy weight and avoid associated risks from Type 2 diabetes to breast and endometrial cancers
  • Sharing your concerns about and getting relief from heavy, painful, or irregular periods
  • Setting you up for a healthy pregnancy with preconception services that cover everything from vitamin and mineral supplementation to past pregnancy complications and genetic counseling

Well-woman visits may also screen for depression. The doctors will discuss your symptoms, their frequency and severity. Mental illnesses are serious illnesses and you deserve professional care that is sensitive to your unique needs. As partners in your overall health and wellness, the doctors can also go over premenopausal or menopausal symptoms that may be trouble you, problems with getting pregnant, or changes to sexual function such as decreased libido or pain during sex.

If it’s a problem to you, it’s a problem to the doctors

Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to bring your concerns to them. Be prepared to discuss medical history, current medications and supplements, and feel free to bring any medical records with you to your next appointment.

An open relationship is vital to detecting many problems early and getting appropriate treatment. As your needs change, so will the nature of your visits. They look forward to your call!

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An experienced, trusted female OBGYN is on your side in Katy, Texas — Adebola Falae M.D

At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, you are getting a world of perspective from a specialist that may be new to the practice but who is certainly not new to issues affecting women around the globe. Experienced Female OBGYN in Katy, Texas — Adebola Falae M.D — is excited to help guide you through both joyous and challenging moments.

Experience you can trust

Dr. Falae completed the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. As chief resident, Dr. Falae took on additional responsibilities including scheduling, advising the program director, and liaising between the department and the residents. After graduating from Duke University in North Carolina, Dr. Falae earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester in New York. The OB-GYN program helped to prepare her well to provide the care that you’ll find at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, such as:

  • Well-women services that are built around your changing needs, through every stage of your life
  • Preconception and family planning
  • Pregnancy care
  • Acute and chronic gynecology problems
  • Menopausal care

A special passion

Long before Dr. Falae guided women toward their best health and happiest selves on a day-to-day basis, the Nigerian-born specialist knew she wanted to be an obstetrician and gynecologist. The reason? Dr. Falae was always interested in serving patients and communities with quality medical care, and could think of no better way to do that than by improving the health of women. Through the years, she has combined this passion for women’s wellness and one-on-one care with surgical competencies, as a researcher studying the societal impact of malaria on expectant mothers in rural India and as a volunteer at a Brazilian cancer hospital.

Comfortable, gentle care

Dr. Falae looks forward to meeting you soon!

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Your trusted health partners explain why women should have an annual check up

The doctors at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine emphasize the importance of the “Well-Woman Visit,” another way of referring to the annual OB/GYN visit.

Why women should have an annual check up

You or someone you love probably visits their family doctor at least once a year. These visits give your doctor a chance to monitor your overall health. Since your health can change, this visit can help you avoid serious complications with early, proper treatment. This approach to check-ups very much applies to your OB/GYN visits.

Your partners in health, Drs. Taryll Jenkins and Adebola Falae, have a long history of preventive care. There is no more ideal time to see your doctor than when things are going well and you are “symptom-free,” before serious problems arise. During annual appointments, the doctors may detect conditions that are asymptomatic, or underlying problems you didn’t know you had. Some disorders don’t present themselves until they have progressed to the point where treatment is challenging and they have the potential to greatly interfere with the quality of your life.

The specialists provide a listening ear, while also offering advice on habits that keep you healthy and free of the conditions you can control. For instance, being overweight puts you at greater risk of developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Women who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or more are also at greater risk of developing gestational diabetes, the term for diabetes that occurs during pregnancy.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports the “Well-Women” visit generally includes:

  • Screening
  • Evaluation
  • Counseling
  • Immunizations

Depending on your age and risk factors, other tests such as the pelvic exam, Pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and HPV test may be ordered. Call 855-346-8610 today to schedule your visit.

 

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Diabetes and pregnancy don’t have to go together with preconception to postpartum visits

Chances are, you know someone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, but did you know your odds of developing diabetes increase during pregnancy? The good news is, like prediabetes, this condition can be resolved. A partner experienced in preventing, detecting, monitoring, managing, and treating this condition is a phone call away in Katy: Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine.

Diabetes and pregnancy

You may have been healthy your whole life. Suddenly, you have high blood sugar levels. How can this be?

The placenta makes progressively more hormones that impair the action of insulin as your baby grows. The insulin hormone helps to get the glucose or sugar moving from the bloodstream out to your body’s cells where it’s used as energy. Pregnancy-related diabetes develops when the hormones released by your placenta create such elevated blood sugar levels that it threatens the health of your baby.

Risks to babies born to mothers with diabetes include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Seizures
  • Development of Type 2 diabetes in later life

Mothers are also at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If the condition is not managed properly, you can develop high blood pressure and a serious pregnancy complication called “preeclampsia,” which can interfere with the flow of blood to the placenta, organ damage, and heart disease.

Partners through every pregnancy stage

The doctors’ pre-conception services identify potential risk factors even before you become pregnant. Lifestyle factors make a big difference. You’re more likely to develop diabetes if your Body Mass Index is 30 or greater.

Drs. Jenkins and Falae will also customize visits during pregnancy to your needs. Postpartum services help you return to a healthy, active lifestyle, which is important because fewer than one in four women who reached their ideal body weight after delivery went on to develop Type 2 diabetes.

 

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