Author: Capital Women's Care

Should I Have Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests?

Should I have prenatal genetic screening tests? This decision is a bit more consequential than deciding to find out the sex of your baby during the ultrasound. Prenatal genetic screening tests are optional and can tell parents whether their child may have certain genetic disorders or birth abnormalities. The answer is up to you. Continue reading “Should I Have Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests?”

3D or 4D Ultrasounds: Which Is Best for You?

What an exciting day when an expectant mother has her first ultrasound! It’s true, she is really having a baby, and so far it is healthy. Those first ultrasounds are usually 2D types where you can see a black, white, and gray picture of your little one. But what about a 3D or 4D ultrasound: which is best for you?

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Abnormal Bleeding: When Should You See an OBGYN?

Most women are familiar with the pattern of their menstrual cycle. Typically they bleed anywhere from four to seven days, and that is considered normal. Other women are not so lucky, and there is no rhyme or reason to their bleeding schedule. Any variation from the first example would be abnormal, and the second example is definitely abnormal. There are many reasons for abnormal bleeding, but you should know when you should you see our board-certified OBGYNs in Rockville and Silver Spring, MD.

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Preeclampsia Warning Signs: Before & After Delivery

Preeclampsia is a serious condition that may happen after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth. It causes high blood pressure and other issues which can stress your heart and cause problems during and after pregnancy. Keep reading to learn more about preeclampsia warning signs before and after delivery.

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Postpartum Care: Tips for Physical and Emotional Recovery

It’s what you have been waiting for. Maybe it’s been years waiting for this wonderful moment to give birth to your child. You are exhilarated, emotional, happy, but also tired. You’ve been through a monumental physical exercise, so your body might be telling you to slow down. How can you do that? Let’s dive into our postpartum care tips for physical and emotional recovery. 

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What Happens If Pelvic Organ Prolapse Is Untreated?

Pelvic organ prolapse is not a hot topic among the ladies that lunch, or among those that don’t, but maybe it should be. It is a condition that affects almost 40% of women, so why do we keep silent about it? Many women don’t even want to discuss it with their physician. Let’s shine some light on this topic and find out what happens if pelvic organ prolapse is untreated?

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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.