Tag Archives: OB/GYN

Help for Couples Experiencing Infertility

Infertility is a unique medical diagnosis for doctors because it involves a couple rather than just an individual. For couples under age 35, infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. For couples over age 35, it’s six months.

In this WLTX interview inside Lexington Medical Center’s new patient care tower, Dr. Blake Chapman of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about diagnosing infertility and helping couples to welcome a baby.

According to Dr. Chapman, young, healthy, fertile couples only have a 15 to 20 percent chance of conceiving each menstrual cycle. After three months, approximately 50 percent of those couples would become pregnant. After 12 months, it jumps to 85 to 90 percent.

That means that approximately 10 to 15 percent of couples fall into the category of infertility and should see their health care provider.

About 1/3 of infertility is female factor infertility. Causes could be something a woman has been born with that’s making it difficult to conceive, a history of pelvic infections or surgery, or some medications she’s taking.

About 1/3 of infertility is male factor infertility. Causes could be a man has been born with something that’s making it difficult to conceive, his body doesn’t transport sperm correctly, or he’s had pelvic trauma or pelvic radiation.

The last 1/3 of infertility is undefined. That means doctors aren’t sure of the cause and help patients pursue other avenues to have a baby.

If you’re considering pregnancy, Dr. Chapman recommends seeing your physician for pre-conception counseling, which includes a look at your medical history and any medications you’re taking. This type of patient education plays an important role in optimizing chances of natural fertility.

Dr. Brooke Naffziger Joins Carolina Women’s Physicians

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brooke Naffziger, DO, FACOG, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Naffziger is working as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice with locations in Irmo and West Columbia.

Dr. Brooke Naffziger

A magna cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Dr. Naffziger earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, serving as administrative chief resident. During her residency, Dr. Naffziger also received comprehensive training in robotic surgery.

Dr. Naffziger is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with additional certifications in advanced life support in obstetrics, fetal heart monitoring and neonatal resuscitation. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Naffziger most recently served as the attending physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Pipestone County Medical Center and Avera Medical Group in Pipestone, Minnesota, providing inpatient and outpatient obstetric and gynecologic care. She also served as vice president of the Medical Staff at Pipestone County Medical Center.

Dr. Naffziger joins the highly skilled physicians and nurse practitioners at Carolina Women’s Physicians. Dedicated to providing comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages in the Midlands, the practice combines state-of-the-art technology and advanced procedures.

Dr. Naffziger is accepting new patients.

Carolina Women’s Physicians

146 N. Hospital Drive, Suite 240
West Columbia, SC 29169

7045 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

(803) 936 – 7590

CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com

FREE Physician Lecture: Cervical Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, about 13,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer this year, and more than 4,000 women will die from the disease. Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife, most frequently between the ages of 35 and 44. And, more than 15 percent of cases are in women over 65. However, the risk of cervical cancer decreases significantly with routine screenings.

Join Lexington Medical Center for our upcoming FREE physician lecture on cervical cancer with Andrea S. Garrick, MD, OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Garrick earned her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Augusta University in Georgia. She has experience providing general OB/GYN services ranging from outpatient care and surgery to routine visits and complicated consultations. She practices at Lexington Women’s Care’s West Columbia location.

We hope to see you there.