Author: Capital Women's Care

Exercise & Pregnancy: Recommendations & Safety Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells us that regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. That includes women who are pregnant. Starting from that recommendation, we will provide some guidance on the proper amount, the best type, and some necessary precautions and exceptions for exercise and pregnancy.

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What Are the Benefits of Sacrocolpopexy?

What are the benefits of sacrocolpopexy? A woman living with the little known condition of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) has her life turned upside down. It affects her emotionally, physically, socially, sexually, and may even affect employment. There are several treatments to help improve the symptoms, including surgery known as sacrocolpopexy. . 

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How Can MonaLisa Touch Restore Intimacy After Menopause?

You had probably heard about all the effects of menopause, or the change of life. You know, the hot flashes, mood changes, and those pesky night sweats. Let’s not forget about the inevitable weight gain many women experience. What they don’t tell you about is how menopause changes your sex life. What was once a time of pleasure and one you looked forward to suddenly becomes one of pain and frustration. How can Mona Lisa restore intimacy after menopause? Keep reading to discover.

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Four Capital Women’s Care Physicians Named Washingtonian Top Doctor 2023

Help us congratulate Dr. Darryn Band, Dr. Randy Lizardo, Dr. Heather Sine, and Dr. Ann Shrout  for being named Top Doc 2023 by the Washingtonian.
These four physicians possess the characteristics and skills that help drive Capital Women’s Care and distinguish us as one of the leading practices in the Washington, DC area.

The 2023 Top Doctors list was published in Washingtonian’s November issue. The doctors were identified by a survey of more than 13,500 locally practicing physicians asking which of their peers they trusted most with their patients.

Top Doc 2023.


Darryn Band, MD


Darryn Band, MD

Dr. Band received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, then attended medical school at the University of Maryland. His residency was at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and returned home to begin working in obstetrics and gynecology, following in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Band is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Randy Lizardo, MD


Randy Lizardo, MD

Dr. Lizardo has been accredited as a Master Surgeon in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the internationally recognized Surgical Review Corporation and a Certified Surgeon of The Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He is currently licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia and provides surgical services in multiple facilities. He is referred patients from across the DMV and has been consistently recognized by his peers as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Doc.

Heather Sine, MD


Heather Sine, MD

Dr. Sine completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland, and medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., then traveled to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston for her residency. During her years in medical school, she worked as a medical assistant for an established OB/GYN, and watched how his compassionate patient encounters led to his personal happiness. From this she took her own ability to talk with patients and help alleviate anxieties as well as being there while they make difficult decisions.

Anne Shrout, MD.

Anne Shrout, MD

Dr. Anne Shrout has been practicing OB/GYN for more than 30 years. She is a native Marylander but spent the early part of her professional career as an active duty US Army physician. After completing her military service, she returned to Montgomery County in 2004 to start her civilian practice. She draws on her education as well as her personal experience to guide her in patient interactions and decision making.


What to Expect While Recovering From Vaginal Delivery

Two-thirds of babies born in the United States are through vaginal deliveries. You have always heard that this type of delivery is easier than a C-section, especially the recovery. Since every woman is different, and many vaginal deliveries can take hours or even days, it can vary from woman to woman, but there are common things to be aware of. Here’s what to expect while recovering from vaginal delivery.

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Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Recovery: What to Expect

What is minimally invasive hysterectomy recovery like? Expect less pain, less blood loss, and a faster recovery. Sound good? In addition, surgeons will have more precision, dexterity, and control as they utilize the da Vinci surgical system found in hospitals worldwide. In fact, more women choose the da Vinci surgical system for minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery than conventional laparoscopic surgery or vaginal surgery. Let’s find out why.

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What Are the Reasons for a Hysterectomy?

Each year almost 600K hysterectomies are performed. It is a surgery to remove the uterus. Afterward patients won’t be able to become pregnant, and they will no longer have their period. Depending on the reason for the surgery, your surgeon may also remove the fallopian tubes and the ovaries. That’s a lot of surgeries, so for what reasons is a hysterectomy performed?

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Importance of Hormone Replacement Therapy After a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is an unnatural jolt into menopause. It is very different from natural menopause which occurs on its own and at its own pace. Natural menopause slowly reduces the hormone estrogen whereas a hysterectomy, especially one in which the ovaries are removed, curtails estrogen immediately. This is a game changer for women. Let’s learn more about surgical menopause and the importance of hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy.

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Pregnancy Complications: Causes, Symptoms, and Care

Pregnancy is a wondrous time filled with hopes, dreams, and love. It can also be a time of anxiety if complications interrupt all the positive vibes. Every woman needs to be aware of what problems can occur throughout those nine months. Just as important is to know how to deal with pregnancy complications including causes, symptoms, and care.

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