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What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Dr. Nichole McDonald, OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care, was a guest on WLTX recently to talk about “What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It.” The discussion centered around everything you wish you knew, but no one ever told you. Check it out in the link below.

Here are a few notes from Dr. McDonald’s interview:

~Puberty begins in African American girls around age 8 or 9, and in Caucasian girls around age 10. It’s important that parents help walk them through their daughters through those changes.

~A woman should see her gynecologist once each year, beginning when she becomes sexually active or between the ages of 18 and 21.

~We begin screening for cervical cancer at age 21. As long as pap smears are normal, we now screen every 3 to 5 years.

~During pregnancy, nausea and vomiting are typical early in pregnancy. But if it causes more than 10 pounds of weight loss, call your doctor. And, if you feel regular tightening of your abdomen before 34 weeks gestation, you should call your doctor.

~Before menopause begins, women will begin noticing changes in their menstrual cycle – the cycle will become more erratic and irregular. Menopause occurs when a woman goes one year without a menstrual cycle.

~Bone density is a measure of the amount of mineralization of a bone per cubic centimeter. When a woman starts to have thinning of the bones, we start worrying about osteoporosis. We begin screening for that around age 65. Women should get a good amount of calcium throughout their life to prevent osteoporosis. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Women go through a lot of changes during their lifetime. Some of them are unexpected and can be scary. In our hospital’s FREE physician lecture this month, Dr. Nichole McDonald will cover everything you wish you knew – but no one told you. Call you mothers, daughters and girlfriends. From puberty to menopause, Dr. McDonald will share a wealth of knowledge for women in all stages of life.

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LMC Welcomes Dr. Nichole McDonald, OB/GYN

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Nichole McDonald, MD to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. McDonald will practice obstetrics and gynecology at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. She will be based out of the physician practice’s office in Irmo.

NIchole McDonald, MD

NIchole McDonald, MD

“Being an OB/GYN gives you an incredible opportunity to be a part of a woman’s life from her teenage years through childbearing and beyond,” Dr. McDonald said. “I think it’s important to educate patients so that they can make the best decisions about their health and be active participants in their care.”

A West Columbia native, Dr. McDonald has a special interest in adolescent and pediatric gynecology, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and laparoscopic surgery. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Dr. McDonald is also a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, where she received the “Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology” award.

Dr. McDonald is accepting new patients. Call (803) 936-8100 for an appointment.

Lexington Women’s Care offers a full range of women’s services from first exams to childbirth to menopause and beyond in three convenient locations in Irmo, Lexington and West Columbia.

LexingtonWomensCare.com

West Columbia
2728 Sunset Boulevard
Suite 201
West Columbia, SC 29169

Irmo
1 Wellness Boulevard
Suite 203
Irmo, SC 29063

Lexington
811 West Main Street
Suite 210
Lexington, SC 29072