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    When You Should Consider Taking a Pregnancy Test

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Whether you’re trying to conceive a baby or not, taking a pregnancy test is bound to bring on a wave of emotions. Remember that only your doctor can definitively confirm a pregnancy, so be sure to call your family doctor about a positive result. However, you can feel more confident about the results of your home pregnancy test if you stick to this advice:

    Deciding If You Need a Pregnancy Test If you’re sexually active and you miss a period, you should take a pregnancy test, even if your menstrual cycle tends to be irregular. Being pregnant and not knowing it can be extremely dangerous for you and your baby. You may unwittingly expose your baby to alcohol and you won’t be taking the pre-natal vitamins that support early development. If you missed a dose of birth control, had unprotected sex, or had a problem with a condom, then you should take a pregnancy test even if you got your period on time. Sometimes women continue to menstruate in the early stages of pregnancy. When your chances of getting pregnant are increased because of a birth control mishap, it’s important to verify that you didn’t conceive.

    Deciding When to Take a Pregnancy Test There are a number of different factors that influence when you should take a pregnancy test. Home tests come with instructions specific to that brand that tell you the best time to test, but it’s not a perfect science. For a positive test result, the fertilized egg must implant in the uterus, and that happens at different times for different women. Some home tests suggest you can take the test one day after a missed period, but you will get more accurate results if you wait for a week past a missed period. Blood-based pregnancy tests performed in doctors’ offices detect pregnancy about six or eight days after ovulation.

    If you think you could be pregnant, make an appointment at Surprise Family Medicine. Our family doctor will get you a definitive answer, and with our commitment to women’s health, you can feel confident about the care you will receive. Call our doctor’s office today at (623) 544-0101.

    Life's "Simple 7:" How You Can Stay Healthy

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Whoever said that getting healthy had to be complicated? With the constant barrage of conflicting medical advice in the media, it’s easy to see attaining good health as something that is confusing, restrictive, and just plain hard. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Seven simple steps could hold the key for a lifetime of good health.

    View this video to learn about the American Heart Association’s Simple 7. These tips aren’t about restriction; instead, they’re ways you can be proactive about living a vibrant, active life and how that kind of living could save your heart health.

    Surprise Family Medicine isn’t just here to treat your illnesses. We also want to be your partner in wellness. Make an appointing at our family doctor practice by calling (623) 544-0101 and start living your best life ever

    How to Tell if Your Child Has an Ear Infection and How Your Family Doctor Can Help

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Ear infections are extremely common in children. About 50 percent of babies will have an infection before they turn one, and 75 percent will have one by the time they are three. Despite how common ear infections are, they’re not always easy to spot in kids. If you see any of these signs, call your family doctor right away:

    Mood Changes For babies, mood change is one of the biggest indicators of all kinds of illnesses, including ear infections. If your baby is fussier or more lethargic than normal, he or she may be in pain. If you notice a pattern of behavior changes you can’t explain, see your family doctor to see if your baby has an ear infection.

    Ear Tugging Older children may be able to tell you where it hurts, but babies and toddlers are more likely to show you. When your child tugs at his or her ears, it may be an indication that they’re experiencing pain. You should be especially wary when kids tug at their ears and are exhibiting other symptoms, like excessive crying. It’s not unusual for babies in particular to play with their ears, but when coupled with other symptoms, it is a red flag that you should call your family doctor.

    Fluid Drainage Fluid drainage accompanies some ear infections. Yellow or white fluid draining from the ears indicates that there is an active infection and that the infection has caused a small hole in the eardrum. This hole isn’t dangerous to your child in the long term and will heal when the infection clears up. Sometimes, the fluid has a foul odor. You may also smell an odor even in the absence of fluid.

    If you suspect that your child could have an ear infection, the best policy to have them checked out by the family doctor. At Surprise Family Medicine, we can diagnose and treat ear infections and other medical concerns that pop up along the way for your entire family. To schedule an appointment, call (623) 544-0101.

    The Side Effects of Smoking and How Your Doctor Can Help You Kick the Habit

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Did you know that 60 percent of smokers will die of a smoking-related illness? Cigarettes have a devastating effect on health. Smoking in even small amounts increases your risk of serious illness. Quitting is one of the most powerful things you can to achieve wellness.

    In this video, you’ll learn about some of the dangerous side effects of smoking. Cancer ups the risk of heart disease, the number one killer in America. Up to 30 percent of cancer cases are smoking-related. In addition to lung cancer, smoking can lead to bladder, kidney, oral, and pancreatic cancers.

    At Surprise Family Medicine, our family doctors can help you overcome your smoking addiction so you can on the path to good health. Make an appointment for a physical exam today and start the conversation about quitting by calling (623) 544-0101.

    Common Signs You Should See Your Doctor

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Was that sneeze just a simple cold, or something more serious? Did you eat something bad, or is your nausea a reason for concern? Sometimes it can be hard to decide when to call your doctor and when to try to ride it out. If you’re ever on the fence about any of your symptoms, you should always call your family doctor and rule out serious medical issues. Here are some clear signs that you need to make an appointment with your doctor:

    Digestion Problems Feeling overly-full or slightly nauseous after a big meal is normal. Persistent digestive problems are not. Your doctor should know if you’re experiencing heartburn for the first time or an increase in symptoms, persistent abdominal cramps or nausea, or frequent belching. These symptoms could all indicate a digestive disorder that needs treatment.

    Weight Fluctuations Sometimes your weight fluctuations are clearly in your control. Maybe you’ve upped your exercise and have been watching your calories, or maybe the opposite is true and the number on the scale is creeping up. Those weight fluctuations are to be expected, but if you lose or gain a significant amount of weight and can’t explain why, let your doctor get to the bottom of the issue. Weight changes could be caused by everything from a thyroid problem to diabetes.

    Headaches A headache isn’t necessarily a run-of-the-mill medical complaint. Call your doctor any time you experience a sudden and severe headache. You should also report recurring headaches and headaches accompanied by memory loss, slurred speech, dizziness, numbness, and nausea. Your doctor may be able to give you medications to keep your headaches under control.

    Are you concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing? Don’t try to self-diagnose your condition. Make an appointment at Surprise Family Medicine and let our team give you treatment and put your mind at ease. Call (623) 544-0101 to make an appointment with our family doctor.

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