Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD
Dr. Afshar is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles
Sexual health and function in pregnancy
Physiologic changes during pregnancy affect the body’s hormonal milieu as well as a woman’s sexual desires, responses, and practices. In this review, we discuss knowledge gaps, the physiology of the female sexual response during pregnancy, types of sexual activity during pregnancy, and existing literature on anatomic and physiologic changes by trimester and postpartum.
Trimester zero (Part 1 of 2)
Preconception care is primary prevention. The goal is to affirm pregnancy intention, reduce any potential harm, and recognize modifiable risk factors related to pregnancy while stratifying pregnancies on a continuum of low- to high-risk.
Don’t fear the patient with a birth plan
On L&D units throughout the country, more and more women are being admitted with birth plans. Birth plans have become an increasingly common part of women’s prenatal preparation.
Clinical Fellowship: It’s all in the delivery
After two months in her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship, Contemporary OB/GYN's fellowship blogger reflects on the experience so far and what she's learned from it.
The birth of new beginnings: Reflections at the end of residency and fellowship
Change. It is a concept and a system of livelihood that defines our training. These include changes in the conditions of our patients, in the standard of care, and in the daily workflow. Permutations of change occur on rounds and in the operating room, which is what we learn to expect and accept.
The pursuit of happiness and success in OB/GYN
Contemporary OB/GYN's blogger on residency discusses the annual survey and the need to have balance in life.
Pregnant women and Zika exposure: An update from CDC at an ad-hoc SMFM meeting
A new update on Zika virus and pregnant women was shared during an ad-hoc session at the 36th SMFM Pregnancy Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ob/gyn: A specialty rooted in professionalism
In August, the Annals of Internal Medicine published an anonymous essay entitled, “Our Family Secrets.”1 The gut-wrenching piece was accompanied by a a call-to-arms from the journal’s editors (“On Being a Doctor: Shining a Light on the Dark Side”), which rationalized for medical educators and leaders the decision to publish the essay and begged for a discussion on professionalism in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Slowing down: Veering from the modus operandi
Contemporary OB/GYN's Resident blogger reflects on the way that time changes on the job from the rush of morning rounds to the agonizingly slow minutes while watching fetal heart rate tracings in prolonged decelerations.

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