Dr. Radha Burtch is an obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in the west suburbs of chicago, IL. Dr. Burtch specializes in women's health, particularly the female reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth. As an obstetrician-gynecologist, or OB-GYN, Dr. Burtch can treat a number of health issues related to the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts. Dr Burtch can also treat women during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. In this specialty, doctors focus on reproductive care from puberty through adulthood.
Education and Training
Kasturba Medical College, India Medical
Obstetrics and GynecologyAmerican Board of Obstetrics and GynecologyABOG
Dr. Radha Burtch M.D.'s Expert Contributions
The hormone fluctuation that happens during pregnancy can lead to different degrees of mood changes, ranging from depression to anxiety to irritability. The important thing to recognize is that there could be underlying causes for this that are not related to pregnancy but have been aggravated by pregnancy. There is also a possibility that you are at high risk of having postpartum depression. It is important that you seek care with your OBGYN or better with a psychiatrist and yes there are medications that can help you through this. READ MORE
I experienced for the very first time 10 days delay in my periods. What can be the cause? And experiencing spotting from last 3 days
Occasional delay and change in your period can be just a hormone deviation. Sometimes you can have what is known as an 'anovulatory' cycle. The important thing is to pay attention to your cycles and see if this is recurring or is this is just a one time event. If recurring you will need to see an OBGYN READ MORE
The quick answer to that is "no" your baby is not affected by this. Infant the latest recommendations are not to even check these levels in pregnancy. However vitamin D in general is important for our health and supplementing it does have many health benefits to you. READ MORE
It is possible your uterus is tilted backwards. This is common in many women. So the pressure effects are directed more to your back. READ MORE
Home pregnancy tests these days are pretty accurate and are able to pick up really low amounts of hormone levels too, that being said sometimes you can get a falsely negative test if you had taken it too early or if it was just a faulty set. So please see your obgyn to get a blood test READ MORE
The best thing for your sister is to see her gyne to discuss this in detail. Depending on her risk factors and the intensity of her symptoms there are multiple medication options to help. On a more natural note, changes in diet like avoiding spicy food, caffeine, alcohol helps. Physical activity helps too READ MORE
The average age for girls to have their first period also known as menarche is now 9. This is definitely a much younger age than what used to be in the past. This shouldn’t affect your daughter's health, this may impact her growth spurt, though. READ MORE
Yes that would be safe as long as it is at least 6 weeks after READ MORE
My friend has taken abortion pills which is causing heavy bleeding. Does this mean she requires a D&C or is it normal?
This is normal after taking these pills. However if she is changing pads that are fully soaked every hour then she needs to go to an ER READ MORE
Yes, being overweight can decrease the number of ovulatory cycles a woman has, thus decreasing conception rate. However, if your periods are regular, then you are ovulating fine and your weight is not a factor. READ MORE
Abdominal cramps in pregnancy can be for many reasons, first it depends on which part of the abdomen you are feeling them, if they are generalized all over, then most likely you are dehydrated. Sometimes, it could be a muscle strain. Usually just cramping is not a bad sign, it’s just your body telling you that you need to pay more attention to it. But if the cramping is happening with other signs especially bleeding, then you need to call your doctor right away. READ MORE
Hi, Ovulation can happen from either one of the ovaries. The usual thought process is that it alternates each month. For ovulation to occur there are first many follicles that grow in the ovary and only one gets the size large enough to release an egg, so if this follicle is deeper and there is extra tissue to rupture through to release an egg, it might hurt a little more. This is again just a theory; we really still don’t know why some women feel pain and some don’t. READ MORE
Hello, You are correct about not being able to take methotrexate during pregnancy. The good news is pregnancy state improves rheumatoid arthritis in 70% of women. This lasts all throughout pregnancy only to flare up during the postpartum period. There are alternative medications that can be used during conception and pregnancy such as steroids, NSAIDs, azathioprine etc depending on symptoms. The hardest part is getting pregnant, women with RA can take a long time to get pregnant, on average over 12 months. Hope this helps, good luck! RB READ MORE
Usual recommended dosage for colace is one tablet twice a day. Four times a day is the maximum dose recommended. In pregnancy although colace is considered a safe medication, overuse can cause electrolyte depletion in babies. This is rare but has been reported. If you are having so much trouble there are other options that you can use along with colace, talk to your OB doctor READ MORE
Yes this can be normal, your gut motility can be affected by your hormones, women usually have this problem a week to 10 days prior to their period that's when the hormone progesterone peaks, same reason why pregnant women are usually constipated. Increasing fiber in your diet and increasing fluid intake helps. Also if you are not using any probiotics, you can consider introducing that as well READ MORE
Bed rest does mean totally laying in bed with maybe bathroom breaks. However this is no longer advised in pregnancy, there is much evidence that shows complete bedrest is not helpful at all in fact can harm you but increasing the risk for blood clots in your legs and lungs. The current recommendation is certain high risk pregnancies is pelvic rest which means avoiding any kind of strain to your pelvic area such as standing for prolonged time, lifting weights, sexual intercourse. READ MORE
Implantation bleed is still not completely understood and some experts challenge that this even happens. When a women gets pregnant, the embryo travels from the Fallopian tube into the uterus and gets implanted into the wall of the uterus to start growing. It is thought that some women may experience a little bleed during this time. It usually happens in the first couple of weeks of pregnancy and is typically a little spotting of a light bleed. So very different from a period READ MORE
Period cycles are based on ovulation. Although normal cycles are considered to be 28 days, this can vary from 21 to 35 days in women. Sometimes if you haven't ovulated at all during the cycle, you will still have a period, but this can be delayed and does not follow any regular cyclical pattern. READ MORE
Cerclage is a stitch placed in the cervix to strength it. There are times when a woman's cervix is found to be too weak to hold a pregnancy, this could be genetic or secondary to surgeries on a cervix or trauma. READ MORE
Water births are losing their popularity lately only because many birthing centers are limiting the availability. Their safety depends on how your pregnancy is, any risk factors and any need to monitor your baby closely during labor. It is much safer to pick a birthing center that offers these than doing it at home. READ MORE
Yes, you can. Radiation emitted by the airport security scanners is extremely small and has negligible effect on your body. READ MORE
Yes, the procedure can be painful. If there are multiple warts to be treated, getting a local anesthetic first helps a lot. READ MORE
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Yes, your TSH level is normal, the range is 0.5 to 5. READ MORE
As long you had the protective shield with no direct exposure to your pelvic area, you are fine. READ MORE
- John Stroger Hospital of Cook County 2009
- John H. Stroger Hospital
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Chicago, Medical Oncology 2005
Favorite professional publications
- Green Journal, Gray Journal
- Hinsdale Hospital
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