Gynecology


 

Gynecology

gy·ne·col·o·gy

Gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive systems (vagina, uterus and ovaries) and the breasts. Literally, outside medicine, it means “the science of women”.

 

We are devoted to providing the full range of gynecologic services

We provide comprehensive gynecologic care to women of all ages. As a full-service practice, we strive to develop long-lasting relationships with our patients to help guide them through the major stages of their reproductive life, along with providing routine care to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions. Our doctors and nurse are fully trained and experienced to handle many gynecologic conditions and treat each patient with the personalized care they deserve for their individual issues. Many of our patients have been with us since early adulthood – from their first gynecological exam, to pregnancy, menopause and more. We find that many women are more comfortable working with the same doctor throughout these important life stages. Our doctors provide effective, nurturing care for all patients at each one of their visits. Each patient is given individualized attention and will have all of their questions and concerns answered by one of our experienced doctors or nurses. Many of our teenage patients have never received gynecologic care before, and may be anxious or nervous about their first visit. We take extra time to speak with these patients before their exam and explain what is involved in gynecologic care. We will gladly answer any questions they may have and do anything we can to ease their anxiety.

Routine Care and Screening

Routine gynecologic care is the most effective protection against disease, infection and other abnormalities. Yearly pelvic exams are recommended for all women who are sexually active or over the age of 18. When performed with Pap smears, these exams can help screen for signs of HPV, cervical cancer and many other conditions. Early detection and treatment can help prevent permanent damage and are often the best protection against any gynecologic problems. Regular screenings are especially important as women age, since they become more susceptible to cervical cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and more. We provide extensive screening procedures for women of all ages to help detect any problems as soon as possible. More frequent screenings are usually recommended for our older patients to ensure early detection. Our doctors will also educate patients on how to keep themselves healthy at home, by performing breast self-exams and using effective birth control.

Please call us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our gynecologic services. We look forward to treating each and every patient with personalized care tailored to your individual needs.

 

Diagnostic Tests

We are equipped to perform some necessary tests in-office that takes much of the hassle out of medical testing for our patients. Our staff is fully trained and experienced to perform ultrasounds, sonograms, urodynamics and more at our office. We provide many gynecologic services that help keep our patients as healthy as possible through regular care and screenings. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Annual Exam & Preventive Health
  • Pap Smears / HPV Testing
  • Breast Exams and Screenings
  • Cancer (cervix, uterus and ovary) Diagnosis
  • Infertility Evaluation and Treatments
  • Birth Control (Full range of contraceptive counseling and options including Mirena® IUD and IMPLANON® placement for birth control)
  • Endometriosis / Pelvic Pain Diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunction Diagnosis
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Premenstrual Syndromes
  • Vaginal Infection Testing and Treatment

 

Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections are extremely common among women and account for more than 10 million doctor’s visits each year. These infections are often caused by irritation from certain substances and can cause discomfort, discharge and vaginal odor.

Many of these infections can be both treated and prevented by practicing proper hygiene in the vaginal area. Some infections may require corticosteroid cream or antibiotics. Your doctor will prescribe the best treatment method for you depending on your individual condition.

Female Incontinence 

Incontinence, or the accidental release of urine, can be an embarrassing condition and may affect your daily life. Although this condition is not serious or harmful, many women are eager to find an effective treatment for this troubling condition. Fortunately, most cases of urinary incontinence can be effectively treated through simple home methods.

Your doctor will speak with you about the many different types of lifestyle changes that can help treat incontinence. Daily Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles that close off the urethra, while diet and exercise can help patients control accidents. It may also be helpful to develop a urination schedule and to train your bladder. More severe cases of incontinence may require more advanced treatment such as medication or surgery.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the uterine lining (endometrium) moves out of the uterus and into other parts of the pelvic area such as the ovaries, bowels or behind the uterus. It is generally not a serious or harmful condition, but can be painful and may interfere with your daily life by causing symptoms such as painful menstrual cramps, heavy and/or long menstrual periods, chronic back and pelvic pain, infertility and more.

Although endometriosis cannot be cured, symptoms can be managed through several different treatment options, including pain medication, hormone therapy, conservative surgery or a hysterectomy. Your doctor will discuss these options with you to decide which treatment would be best for you.

Pelvic prolapse

Pelvic prolapse occurs when one or more pelvic organs drops from its normal location and pushes against the walls of the vagina, causing feelings of fullness, pulled muscles and incontinence. This condition commonly occurs when the muscles in the area are weakened from childbirth or surgery.

Home remedies such as Kegel exercises, avoiding heavy lifting and pessary devices may relieve symptoms of pelvic prolapse, and some cases may be repaired on their own. However, pelvic prolapse often requires surgery to correct the moved organs and alleviate symptoms. Surgery varies depending on which organ is affected but may include repairing the bladder or urethra, closing the vagina or a hysterectomy.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that involves enlarged ovaries that may contain many cysts and produce high levels of male hormones. This condition affects one in every ten women in the US and is the leading cause of infertility in women. It also causes symptoms such as an irregular or missing menstrual period, excess body hair, acne and obesity.

Although there is no cure for PCOS, there are several treatment options available to help relieve symptoms and prevent permanent damage. Depending on the severity of your condition and your overall health, your doctor may recommend birth control pills, diabetes medication, fertility medication, or lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Surgery to induce ovulation may be required for severe cases.

Menopausal Treatment 

Many women going through menopause suffer from a wide range of symptoms including irregular bleeding, hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, fatigue, depression and more. There are several treatments available to help relieve these symptoms, and our doctors can work with you to help you decide which option is best for you. Menopausal symptoms can be treated with hormone replacement therapy such as bio identical hormone, which supplies the body with estrogen and progesterone as the levels of these hormones dramatically drop during menopause. Patients can also seek treatment for their individual symptoms and should maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to help feel their best.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not cause any symptoms, especially in women, making it hard for some patients to know they have even been infected. Anyone with multiple sexual partners should undergo regular STD testing, even if they are having protected sex.

If you are diagnosed with an STD, we will provide the most effective treatment available to help minimize any symptoms and prevent permanent damage. Unfortunately, most STIs cannot be cured, but can instead be managed through medications. It is important to practice safe sex and get tested often in order to protect yourself against STIs.