Dreading Your Cycle on Race Day?

Check out the latest article from Dr. Jen Mushtaler, recently featured in the Red Licorice Events E-Newsletter!
http://red-licorice-events.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-from-ob-jen.html

What is the one thing your dread most going into a race? For most women, it is the thought of starting their cycle right before race day! This “bad timing” can bring about anxiety and uncertainty, not to mention the usual symptoms of PMS such as heavy flow, cramping and irritability. Does it seem like your cycle always inevitably arrives right before race day? Is there anything that you can do about this?

Great news! It is actually medically safe to skip those cycles altogether and there are several ways to achieve this. Many of my patients enjoy a period-free lifestyle by staying on a continuous birth control pill. Not only is it safe to skip your periods when you are taking a balanced hormone regimen, but there is less chance of an unplanned pregnancy if you are sexually active. There are many different pill formulations and doses to achieve this, so if one doesn’t quite work for you, we can try several different options.

Another choice is to use the birth control ring continuously. The FDA has not yet approved the ring in this manner. However, for years women with endometriosis took birth control continuously before FDA regimens were approved.

Some of my patients find that a progesterone coated IUD is perfect for freedom from periods and the hassles of a daily pill. Many patients have been mistakenly told that the IUD is an abortifacient, but this is not true. The IUD is actually a continuous spermicide, and it is over 99% effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy for up to five years. If you are uncomfortable with an IUD in the uterus, then you may be interested in Implanon. This is a single rod that is hidden underneath the skin. The rod is only millimeters thick so it does not interfere with working out and it is not noticeable. It lasts for up to three years, but these options are immediately reversed after removal.

Other patients are back on the athletic circuit after completing their families. They don’t want to be bothered with periods or the hassles of a pill or ring. For these patients, an endometrial ablation is a great choice. An endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure done in the office that permanently alters the lining of the uterus so that it does not build up. No build up, means no shedding and no period. There is no cutting involved and you still have all your own natural hormones.

All in all, you have many safe options to choose from, so we are sure to find just the treatment for you to keep you free for race day.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jen Mushtaler to learn more!
www.capobgyn.com
(512) 83.OB.JEN


OB JEN at Sweet & Twisted Expo Extravaganza!

Get ready for a full weekend of SWEET & TWISTED FUN!

O.B. JEN is a sponsor for this weekend’s Sweet & Twisted Women’s Triathlon hosted by Red Licorice Events.

The weekend will begin with the Packet Pickup and EXPO EXTRAVAGANZA!
Saturday August 21 @ REI Round Rock, 12-6pm
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EXPO EXTRAVAGANZA SCHEDULE:

12:00 – O.B. JEN – managing your cycle during training
1:00 – Next 15 Hours – what you need to do now until race morning
1:45 – Susan Says – Coach Susan Farago answers all your tri questions
2:45 – Get Pumped! Inspiration from event beneficiary Team Survivor
3:30 – Course Review
4:15 – Transition & Tire Changing – BYOB – bring your own bike
5:15 – Next 15 Hours – what you need to know now until race morning

Clinics, info sessions, Q&A’s and demonstrations – something for everyone – and great shopping!   Nutrition & apparel vendors will provide product samplings & giveaways.

Austin area training groups will be on-hand with info on year-round fitness programs.  Mark your calendar and pick up your packet!

PICKUP YOUR RACE PACKET AT REI DURING THE EXPO AND RECEIVE A RED LICORICE BACKPACK… FREE!

The Sweet & Twisted Tri is perfect for beginners, seasoned athletes and all the ‘tri-curious’ – this USAT sanctioned event is the highlight of the season for female athletes in Central Texas.  Come celebrate & race with Red Licorice!
http://www.redlicoriceevents.com/events/SweetTwistedTri_2010.html


Chocolate Covered Potato Chips Sound Good?

O.B. Jen was recently featured in the Red Licorice Events Newsletter and Blog!  Read below to see Dr. Mushtaler’s tips for surviving your cravings during PMS…turns out what you crave is the worst thing for you!

Chocolate covered potato chips extra salty and a grande double valium espresso mocha sounding good? You may be suffering from PMS. Symptoms of PMS affect women physically and emotionally, including bloating, headaches, cramping, back aches, irritability, sore breasts, depression and food cravings. PMS food cravings are thought to be a compensatory response to low levels of serotonin, but ingesting large quantities of simple carbs and sugar actually has a poor effect on these symptoms.

Although medications are available, simple dietary changes may significantly reduce and even alleviate the symptoms associated with PMS. Decrease consumption of simple carbs and opt for high fiber foods like beans, brans and whole grains.

Reduce caffeine intake. Caffeine can aggravate symptoms of anxiety, depression and irritability. Don’t forget about energy drinks and bars that contain caffeine, too.

Increase the amounts of green leafy vegetables in your diet. A research study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology demonstrated that a low-fat, vegetarian diet provides significant relief.

Increase foods with calcium and vitamin D such as skim milk, yogurt, broccoli, okra, red kidney beans, apricots and figs.

Several nutrition authorities advise daily omega-3’s found in fish and flax to help with inflammation and cramping.

Remember to nourish your body with 4-6 small meals throughout the day and keep your regular exercise routine to release those natural endorphins. The more consistent you are with your nutrition, the better your results will be. If symptoms persist or become severe, schedule a consultation to discuss further treatment options.

This information was brought to you by Dr. Jen Mushtaler (a.k.a. O.B. Jen) from Austin Area OBGYN. Dr. Mushtaler is a Red Licorice sponsor for the Cougar Country Classic 5k and the Sweet & Twisted Women’s Triathlon.

Schedule an appointment with OB JEN Today!
www.capobgyn.com
(512) 83.OB.JEN


It Takes TWO to TRI

OB JEN is excited to sponsor The Couples Triathlon this weekend!

Keep an eye out for Jen and her husband Trent out on the course.  You can also meet Jen’s friendly staff at the Couples Tri Packet Pickup from 10-1pm this Saturday 7/10 at Jack & Adam’s Bicycles.  They will be sporting their stylish Who’s Your OB JEN shirts!  As always, OB JEN will be available to answer any training or health related questions.  Don’t be shy!

Welcome to Couples Triathlon 2010!
The two person team triathlon event:
Using a format that is unique in the sport of triathlon, teams of two, whether they be friends, spouses, or family members combine their ages and sign up in the appropriate category. Each person on the team does the entire triathlon, and then their times are combined for the overall results. One may also participate as an individual.

Held just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, the event will use a sprint distance course that swims in Decker Lake, bikes around the lake, and uses a traffic free run course entirely inside the park. There is tons of space and we’ve secured parking nearby, so bring the family and friends. As usual with our events, we’ll finish off with a great outdoor party, awards, and prize giveaway.

The Couples Triathlon is brought to you by High Five Events and Jack & Adam’s Bicycles.

www.couplestri.com
www.highfiveevents.com
www.jackandadams.com

Schedule an appointment through Austin Area OBGYN with Dr. Jen Mushtaler at www.capobgyn.com today!
(512) 83.OB.JEN


KXAN News – Dangers of Heat in Pregnancy

Dr. Jen Mushtaler (a.k.a. OB JEN) was featured on KXAN Health Watch this past Saturday to discuss the Dangers of Heat During Pregnancy.  Here’s a recap in case you missed it!

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Video Replay: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/health/how-heat-affects-pregnant-women

AUSTIN (KXAN) – “OB Jen” Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler shares important information about how the heat affects pregnant women.

Tips to keep cool if you’re pregnant:
1.Drink six to eight glasses of water daily
2.Avoid caffeine and salt
3.Apply sunscreen daily and reapply hourly if you’re in the sun
4.Exercise indoors during cool times
5.Carry a spritz bottle

The most common complication for late-term pregnant women is preterm labor.

The baby’s temperature is a degree or two higher than the mother’s temperature, and they don’t have a way to cool off.

Consult with your physician when deciding to exercise.

To schedule an appointment with OB JEN, visit Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas www.capobgyn.com.


Calling All Cougars!!

Dr. Jen Mushtaler (a.k.a. O.B. JEN) from Austin Area OBGYN is the newest sponsor for the upcoming Cougar Country Classic 5k!  Hosted by Red Licorice Events, this Austin event puts a hilarious spin on the typical 5k…the men get a 30 second head start before being chased down  by the “cougars” from behind!  Keep an eye out for “Cougar Jen” during packet pickup and on the race course as well.

Details for a Pre-race Women’s Health Seminar with O.B. JEN are coming soon!

Cougar Country Classic 5k
July 24, 2010
Hill Country Galleria

EVENT DESCRIPTION
The Cougar Country Classic where the women are fierce and the men are nervous! Men get a 30 second head start before the Cougars are unleashed to get their man! This super fast 5k race course is bound to be a cult classic. Lots of surprises along the way! This race benefits SafePlace a shelter for women. SafePlace exists to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.

EVENT WEBSITE & REGISTRATION
http://www.redlicoriceevents.com/events/Cougar_Country_Classic_5k_2010.html

O.B. JEN is also sponsoring the Sweet & Twisted Women’s Triathlon on August 22 – hosted by Red Licorice Events.

Want an Ob/Gyn that understands your concerns as a female athlete?  Get to know O.B. JEN!  Dr. Jen Mushtaler, MD FACOG practices through Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas is located near Mopac and Parmer Lane.  Schedule an appointment today: www.capobgyn.com


Saturday Events with OB JEN

Dr. Jen Mushtaler (a.k.a. OB JEN) has a busy day lined up for Saturday, June 19!  Check out the latest:

KXAN Health Watch: Dangers of Heat Exhaustion in Pregnancy
Catch Dr. Jen Mushtaler on the KXAN Health Watch this Saturday AM as she covers the dangers of Heat Exhaustion in Pregnancy.  With the temperature and humidity heating up over the past few weeks, be sure to listen in and take the necessary precautions!  The segment will air between 7:15 and 7:30am on Saturday.

Women’s Health Seminar with T3 Triathlon Team – Open to the Public
Something just for the LADIES!  Women’s Health Seminar with Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler this Saturday 1:30 at the T3 Training Center! This event is FREE and OPEN to the public!  You ladies know you have some very specific questions and concerns when it comes to training and racing…ask a Doctor who’s a triathlete herself!  Bring your training and health questions for OB JEN and don’t be shy!

Upcoming Events with OB JEN:
Keep an eye out for OB Jen as a sponsor at other upcoming triathlon and running events this season!

Couples Triathlon – July 10 – Jack & Adam’s/High Five Events
Cougar 5k – July 24 – Red Licorice Events
Sweet & Twisted Women’s Triathlon – August 22 – Red Licorice Events
Pure Austin Women’s Conference – September TBD

To learn more about Dr. Jen Mushtaler, visit Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas at www.capobgyn.com.  
Schedule an appointment  today!  (512) 83.OB.JEN


Bring Your Questions for OB JEN!

OB JEN will have a booth set up for free consultation during the Bike Rodeo!

Do you have questions about staying healthy while increasing activity levels?
Want to maintain good hygiene while wearing sweaty bike clothes?
Worried about saddle sores in “not so pretty” places?

Bring your questions for OB JEN…..Don’t be shy!

Team Luna Chix Bicycle Rodeo
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Jack & Adam’s Bicycles

Dr. Jen Mushtaler, MD FACOG practices with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas located off Mopac near Parmer.  She has a special passion for working with female athletes to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the practice, visit http://www.capobgyn.com.
(512) 83.OB.JEN


Post Skeese Greets in Review

OB Jen and her nursing team registered over three-hundred women on Saturday morning at Jack and Adam’s. Following race registration OB Jen gave a small group seminar to attendees on Managing Your Cycle during Training Season. Great Q&A followed.

  

OB Jen was on the course herself Sunday morning and finished in the top 10% of the field. Not too bad! 

Afterwards OB Jen said, “It was wonderful to be racing again after a brief hiatus. I love this sport! This was my first all-women’s tri and the comraderie amongst veterans and beginners was terrific. The race was very well done and I was proud to be a sponsor.”  

Keep an eye out for OB Jen as a sponsor at other upcoming triathlon and running events this season!
Bike Rodeo with Team Luna Chix – June 8 – Jack & Adam’s 
Couples Triathlon – July 10 – Jack & Adam’s/High Five Events
Cougar 5k – July 24 – Red Licorice Events
Sweet & Twisted Women’s Triathlon – August 22 – Red Licorice Events

Schedule and appointment with Dr. Jen Mushtaler today at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas.  www.capobgyn.com  (512) 83.OB.JEN


OB JEN Sponsors Skeese Greets Women's Tri!

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler, a.k.a. OB JEN, is the newest sponsor for the Skeese Greets Women’s Triathlon!  Skeese Greets is a beginner-friendly triathlon event held at Texas Ski Ranch on Saturday, May 16.  Not only will OB JEN be hosting a pre-race seminar at packet pickup for race participants, but she will also be strutting her stuff out on the race course!  As a runner and triathlete herself, OB JEN has a passion for working with female athletes and enjoys helping them reach their health and fitness goals.

Join OB JEN on Saturday May 15 at 2:30pm for a Pre-Race Seminar on Women’s Health & Fitness!  Seminar Located at Jack & Adam’s Bicycles.

Talk to the Doc: Managing your Cycle During Training & Racing Season!

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler is a board certified ABOG with special interests in Women’s Health & Fitness, Pelvic Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence.  She practices at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas located off Mopac North & Parmer Lane in Austin, TX.

Learn more about OB JEN and schedule an appointment today by visiting www.capobgyn.com.