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About markseigel

I'm an ObGyn with offices in Rockville and Germantown, Maryland. Our modern practice includes electronic medical records, advanced ultrasound, and in-office procedures. We offer gynecologic services, as well as normal and high risk obstetrics. I have two great partners, Drs Emily Gottlieb and Bailey Cannon, and we are part of George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. I enjoy reading, swimming, and blogging.

Should I have a birth plan?

  by Bailey K. Cannon, MD We get this question a lot. You may have heard about birth plans from your friends, the internet, or even the hospital. What is a birth plan? It is a document that states your … Continue reading

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Finding Breast Cancer

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The longer someone has breast cancer before it is detected, the more difficult the treatment becomes and the worse the odds of survival. One of the best … Continue reading

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Long or Short, Which is Better?

A study was just released which will be coming out soon in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2016.08.033 ). It looks at two different groups of reversible birth control methods, long acting and short acting. Long acting … Continue reading

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Chronic Vaginal Infections

I recently heard an informative lecture at the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting about new research and treatment of chronic vaginitis. Dr Chemen Tate from the Indiana University School of Medicine spoke about the different causes of chronic vaginal infections. … Continue reading

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Zika

Zika was reported in May 2015 in South America and since then has spread throughout the Americas. The CDC and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) websites maintain and update the list of areas where Zika virus transmission has been identified. … Continue reading

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Improving your Sexuality

I recently attended the Annual Clinical Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and heard a very nice talk from Dr. Maureen Whelihan who is a sex therapist in West Palm Beach, Florida. She talked about how to … Continue reading

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Getting Pregnant!

Becoming pregnant can be fun, happy, exciting, or sometimes unplanned. Knowing how it happens is very useful information to make it easier to achieve when desired, and to be avoided if that is the goal.   The average menstrual cycle … Continue reading

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Menopause and Hormone Therapy – What’s New?

It was only about 100 years ago that the average woman’s life expectancy increased to the extent she would live past the time of menopause. Now with the average life expectancy into the 80’s, a woman may live more than … Continue reading

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Apps for Pregnancy, 2015

Apps can be useful and fun. I’m always asking my patients which apps they like for pregnancy. These are some apps that have been recommended to me: My Days – Period and Ovulation This free, accurate app has is very … Continue reading

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United Health changes coverage for hysterectomy

United Health, the nation’s largest health insurer, is changing rules on coverage for hysterectomy. As of April, 2015, UnitedHealth Group will require doctors to obtain additional authorization before performing most types of hysterectomies. Only vaginal hysterectomy performed as an outpatient … Continue reading

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