Cap Ob/Gyn Springs into the Community in May!

Spring is here, and the doctors at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas are gearing up for some fun women’s health events next month.

Dr. Catherine Browne will be speaking at the Empowering Women Health Conference on May 5th, 2012. The conference strives to educate women and the community about the myriad women’s health issues and empower women to take care of themselves.  Dr. Browne will be talking about new guidelines in women’s medicine and answering questions like, “Do I really need a pap smear and mammogram every year?” Since the guidelines are always changing, Dr. Browne will tell attendees what’s changing and what you need to know to make informed decisions. This conference is already sold out, but will be one of many Women’s Health Conferences to come so stay tuned for more.

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas is very excited to be back in the Austin women’s triathlon community this season! Our friendly staff will be volunteering at the Skeese Greets Triathlon  packet pick-up on Saturday, May 12th at Jack & Adam’s Bicycles. Dr.Mushtaler (aka OB JEN) has previously sponsored the Skeese Greets Tri, Sweet & Twisted Tri, Cougar 5k, the Couples Triathlon and the Zooma Half Marathon-Austin. She’s also a triathlete herself, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about training or health while you’re there!

Make sure to keep an eye out for Capital Ob/Gyn around town and please visit our website or to learn more about our practice, OB JEN and Dr. Browne!

What to Consider When Selecting an Ob/Gyn

Your relationship with your obstetrician/gynecologist is one of the most intimate professional relationships you may have.  Although it can take time for this relationship to develop, you should feel comfortable with this person and should be able to trust your obstetrician/gynecologist with your most private concerns.

Important questions to consider when selecting an obstetrician/gynecologist include:

1.Does she/he have experience caring for and delivering high risk pregnancies?

None of us want to experience a complicated, high risk pregnancy. However, an attending of mine in my training used to remind us at the beginning of every call night, “The sickest patient will be the one you least expect.” Even if you consider yourself to be healthy, pregnancy and labor can unexpectedly become risky to mother and baby. You want to make sure that your obstetrician has the training and experience to handle any surprises from severe pre-eclampsia to acute hemorrhage. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you also want to know if your obstetrician delivers at a level 3 center with in-house anesthesia and an experienced NICU. Hopefully you don’t need those services, but if you or your baby were in grave danger, you would want to feel confident that your obstetrician can manage your care and that she/he has the resources needed to do so.

2.How will she/he manage a pregnancy that goes beyond the due date? At what point will she/he insist on induction?

These questions tell you a lot about your obstetrician’s medical beliefs and style of practice. Some providers believe that babies should be delivered as soon as possible while others may take a wait and see approach. A seasoned obstetrician may tell you that the answer is not easily defined because she/he will need to consider multiple factors specific to your situation in deciding when and how to recommend an induction.

3.What are her/his views about the use of doulas?

Again, this question tells you a lot about your obstetrician, whether she/he is open to a holistic approach and whether she/he is going to help create a supportive environment. Doulas are labor companions who can help ease anxiety during labor and offer emotional support. A great doula may be someone you hire or it may be a family member or friend. In any case, knowing your obstetrician’s opinion will give you insight into their practice style and if it matches with yours.

4.Will she/he deliver my baby?

No one physician can be on-call 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. Most obstetricians share call with other doctors in their practice or community. You should know who the other doctors in the call group are and how the call rotation works. Some groups are extremely large so you may not have an opportunity to get to know all of the doctors who may attend your delivery. Other groups are smaller and may have a system in place for you to meet the other doctors who may deliver your baby. Also, in many communities ob/gyn’s perform circumcisions upon request. If this is relevant to you, don’t forget to inquire about it and whether or not she/he uses anesthesia.

5. What is the practice’s policy for handling emergencies?

For example, will your doctor be able to see you on a regular office day or will you have to wait for an opening or see a mid-level provider? Who can you reach by phone during office hours or after hours for an emergency? How long does it typically take for the doctor or a nurse to return your call? Many large groups utilize a nurse telephone triage system, while in a small group you may be able to reach your doctor or nurse directly.

Thankfully routine pregnancy is only 40 weeks, give or take a little bit, so you should also consider your gynecological needs when selecting an ob/gyn. Consider some of the following:

1. How far in advance do I need to schedule a routine annual if I want to see my doctor?

This gives you insight into how accessible the doctor really is. As a mother and working woman myself, I want a physician I can actually see even if nothing is wrong and I am not pregnant. Everyone’s schedule is different so consider how important this is to you. I have had friends tell me they haven’t seen their doctor in years because they cannot get an appointment scheduled for months.

2. Does she/he prescribe birth control?

There are many patients and physicians who do not believe in the personal use of contraception, and this is to be respected. As a woman’s health care provider, however, I believe that an ob/gyn should be comfortable and knowledgeable discussing the factual pros and cons of all methods of contraception. Some birth control regimens may not be suited for women with certain medical conditions. On the other hand, some providers will not place IUD’s in women who have not had children. Be sure that the ob/gyn you choose is able to meet your individual needs.

3. Are you comfortable with the ob/gyn?

I think this is crucial. If you need to discuss STD testing, vaginal dryness and hot flashes or …something smelling badly down there, you need to feel able to do so. Moreover, if you are going to have surgery you need to feel confident that your surgeon is going to take good care of you. You should also consider your own value system and lifestyle. She/he may not live exactly as you do, but your healthcare relationship will be more comfortable if there is understanding and respect.

For additional information about a prospective physician, you can verify licensure with your state’s medical board. You can also verify that your physician is board certified through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Both will offer information on a public website.

You can also contact Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas directly at 512-83-OBJEN or visit our website

Diva Night

The ladies of Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas will be attending Diva Night on Wednesday January 25th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Texas Running Company Downtown.  This is a great opportunity for any woman with an interest in a healthy 2012!

Upbeat Marketing and Texas Running Company are joining forces to bring the women of Austin a night of wellness, networking and shopping. Austin’s brightest, most passionate healthcare providers will be gathered in one place for an expo-style event to help women better understand and embody wellness! Diva Night will be a casual setting with shoe and bra fittings, complimentary chair massage, food and beverages, and of course fabulous vendors.

Admission is COMPLIMENTARY.  Each attendee will receive a Healthy Diva Goodie Bag and entry into our event raffle. Ladies of all backgrounds and interests are invited to come as they are and bring their friends – post-work, post-workout or pre-night out!

The Prima-Vendors Include Nike, CW-X , MyFitList, CryoStudio, iGnite Your Life, Austin BodyWorker, Austin Woman Magazine, Capital OB/GYN Associates of Texas, Austin Family and Sport Chiropractic and My Fit Foods.

Make sure you stop by on January 25th, 2012 from 7-9pm at Texas Running Company Downtown located at 1011 W. Fifth Street, Suite 110, Austin, Texas 78703 to see Dr. Mushtaler and Dr. Browne.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tune in tonight! OB JEN on GOTRIbal 8pm Central.

Dr. Jen will answer your questions LIVE tonight!

Tonight at 8PM Central – Dr. Jen Mushtaler answers your questions on how to be a healthy endurance athlete!

Dr. Mushtaler will be talking with the women of GOTRIbal about “all things” health and fitness.  GOTRIbal is an organization that empowers female endurance athletes  by allowing them to connect with other women around the world! From pregnancy to menopause, OB JEN has the answer.

No question is off-limits- if you are wondering about something in particular, odds are you aren’t the only one!  If there is a question you’d like to ask in addition to those below, please tune in tonight.   You can also connect with past podcasts here

OB Jen will discuss the following common questions from female athletes:

  • Can I run during my pregnancy?
  • What exercises do you recommend during pregnancy?
  • I am a competitive athlete, but my OB said I have to stop.  Is this true?
  • Does my heart rate really have to stay below 140 bpm?
  • What special dietary modifications do I need to make?
  • I am worried about weight gain.  How much weight do I need to gain?
  • I was told not to do sit-ups.  Is this true?

Can’t wait to connect with you all on the call tonight.  Follow the link to the podcast call at 8PM Central and have your questions ready!

Visit Dr. Mushtaler’s practice website at or contact 512-83-OB-JEN to schedule an appointment with OB JEN.

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Welcome January 2011 and National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!
It is that time of year for new beginnings and resolutions. Many of my patients have embraced this as an opportunity for self-improvement. If you are still searching for that ideal goal, I have the perfect resolution for you. January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Make a resolution to come in for your preventive health exam or encourage a family member who has neglected her own health to do so. The CDC reported as recently as 2002 that 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed annually in the U.S. This is disheartening. Cervical cancer is a 100% preventable disease!

women's healthTwo of the biggest risk factors for the development of cervical cancer are lack of regular screening and human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. We can now detect infection by high risk HPV even when the PAP smear cytology is normal. Further, surveillance and early treatment is proven to prevent progression to cancer. Patients need not fear a PAP smear or hearing that their result is abnormal. It is normal to be shy about such a personal exam, but PAP smears need not be painful at all. Indicated surveillance is done in the office using a special microscope called a colposcope to identify areas of abnormality. If treatment is required, it can be done with a simple outpatient procedure.

The worst thing a woman can do is to neglect or ignore this basic health need. For additional information check out

Schedule an appointment with OB JEN at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas by calling 512-83-OB-JEN.  Visit us online at

Pink Glove Dance: The Sequel

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, I wanted to share this video with you:


The 2010 sequel to the Pink Glove Dance features more than 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors from all over the United States and Canada. Thank you to the participants who showed incredible spirit in support of the cause.

Help Us Make It a Pink Glove Nation
Our mission is to share this video with as many people as possible to raise awareness for the early detection of breast cancer so we can save more lives. Please share the Pink Glove Dance sequel with your coworkers, friends, family and neighbors.

OB JEN Austin Triathlon Seminar

Come out to the Austin Triathlon Expo to see O.B. Jen’s latest Women’s Health Seminar!

Heatlh Tips for the Female Athlete – 12pm Sunday

Expo Schedule: Sunday, September 5th, 2010

9 AM XT Yoga Pre-Race Stretching, Hyatt Regency Hotel
10 AM – 6 PM The Austin Triathlon Expo, Hyatt Regency Hotel
10 AM – 5 PM Packet Pickup & Late Registration at The Austin Triathlon Expo
10 AM – 6 PM Mandatory Bike Check In
10 AM XT Yoga Pre-Race Stretching, The Hyatt Regency Hotel
11 AM Course & USAT Rules Review
11:30 AM Flat Tire and Transition Clinic
12 PM Health Tips for the Female Athlete with Dr. Jen Mushtaler (O.B. Jen)
1 PM Swimming Propulsion with Olympic Gold Medalist Sheila Taormina
2 PM Pro Athlete Panel Discussion
3:30 PM Course & USAT Rules Review
4 PM Flat Tire and Transition Clinic

The Austin Triathlon will be held downtown on Labor Day — this Monday, September 6!  Imagine a world class triathlon held in the front yard of one of the most active and outgoing cities in the US. Imagine a large event with the atmosphere and intimacy of a small hometown race. Imagine biking down the most historic street in Texas. Imagine the fun. That is The AVIA Austin Triathlon!

Hosted by Jack & Adam’s Bicycles and High Five Events:

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!
(512) 83.OB.JEN

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  
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
(512) 83.OB.JEN