Salem Community Patriot 8 - April 8, 2011
Focusing on Women’s Health with Dr. Marianne V. Delach
The greater Salem community is excited about the arrival of a new obstetrician/gynecologist with a passion for women’s health issues. Dr. Marianne Delach has joined Salem OB/GYN and is affiliated with Holy Family Hospital, a Caritas Family Hospital, and member of Steward Healthcare. “Women often overlook the importance of their personal health and well-being. In the midst of pursuing their goals and caring for their family, their health fades into the background,” expressed Dr. Delach. “By taking charge of your health you can ultimately better care for those around you, and empower the women in your lives to do the same.” At Salem OB/GYN, Dr. Delach
provides annual health care, prenatal care through delivery and including post-partum care, as well as treatment for other issues women may encounter that only a gynecologist can help with. Some of these issues include excessive bleeding, which can be a sign that something is not right; painful menstrual cycles; ovarian cysts; endometriosis; infertility; and detection of cervical, uterine or ovarian cancer. She also educates expecting mothers about prenatal care and what to expect during labor and delivery and listens to their concerns always very carefully so she can provide them with the best advice and care possible.
Choose an OB/GYN that is Right for You Sometimes women don’t really know
what to expect or what to look for in an obstetrician or gynecologist. Dr. Delach encourages all women to think about what is important to them and what they are comfortable with. She recommends asking yourself: • Do you prefer a male or female doctor? • Do you feel comfortable asking a friend, family member, or co-worker who they see or have seen in the past and what they thought of that particular doctor?
• Have you asked your primary care physician whom they would
• Is there a particular hospital that you would like your OB/GYN to be affiliated with?
• Is the number of years practicing as an obstetrician/gynecologist important to you? First and foremost, she emphasizes,
every woman should be comfortable with her choice. “You have control of what you wish for your body and taking care of it should always be a priority. You are each your own personal health advocate, you know when something is right and when something isn’t, you just need to slow down enough to listen to your body,” said Dr. Delach. “Treatment is as much about education and prevention, even early detection, as it is about providing the appropriate care for the present condition.”
Above All Else, Have Your Annual Exam “Annual OB/GYN appointments are important to your lifetime health. Skipping these appointments and putting them on the back burner can create unnecessary risk for health problems. I’ve seen some of the bad things that can happen when women don’t make their health a priority,” expressed Dr. Delach. “It is truly important to keep up with regular office visits, with your gynecologist and with primary care physicians.” The patients that Dr. Delach sees for regular visits receive preventative care, which can prevent the onset of a variety of diseases, including cervical cancer. “The most tragic situations are when women don’t come in for an exam for 20 to 25 years since they had their children and unfortunately by then it is too late,” she said regarding cervical cancer. At the end of every day she wants to see all her patients leave and return with a clean bill of health. “We want every woman to have a long and healthy life. This requires women to understand their own health, make it a priority and see their physician at least annually for preventative care.”
Prevent Cervical Cancer with Routine Screenings
Routine screenings for cervical cancer are part of every woman’s annual exam. It can take years, even up to 10 years, for cervical cancer to develop. Having appropriate screenings with pap smears allows an OB/GYN to identify changes in a woman’s cervix before the cancer develops. As a result, a woman can have the opportunity for treatment if certain pre-cancer changes are detected during additional testing. Dr. Delach says that pap smears should begin at no later than 21 years of age. The frequency of the test depends on a woman’s age, risk factors and health status. These tests are more successful than any other screening test but it is just a screening test. That means that even though the test is not
Marianne V. Delach, DO, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Salem OB/GYN, 56 Stiles Road, Salem, NH
perfect it can alert a doctor that further diagnostic testing may need to be done. One factor in the progression to cervical cancer is the presence of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Dr. Delach says that this is a very common virus that can be transmitted by direct or sexual contact and that more than 75 percent of women will be exposed to it during their lifetime. Their are numerous strains of the virus but the most common strains have been linked to cervical abnormalities, cervical cancer and genital warts. There is a vaccine that can protect
women from the most common strains, but it does not protect against all strains so routine exams with a gynecologist and pap smears are still very important even for those who have been vaccinated. It is important to note that the vaccine is not yet approved by the FDA for women over the age of 26 or for women who are pregnant. Dr. Delach is currently accepting new patients, and sees adolescents as well. She practices at Salem OB/GYN, 56 Stiles Road in Salem. For appointments, please call: 870-9150. The Website for Holy Family Hospital is www. caritasholyfamily.org
Kaitlyn Ann, born
at Holy Family Hospital
Holy Family Hospital’s Birthing Center is consistently ranked in the Top 10 percent nationwide for overall patient satisfaction. Thanks to our partnership with Children’s Hospital Boston, newborns and their families have access to world class neonatal care, right here at Holy Family. Our maternity unit boasts all private rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, 24/7 room service, birthing and baby care classes, and much more aimed at making each delivery a comfortable, joyous experience.
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