Annual pelvic exams and Pap tests are important in monitoring your gynecologic health. During your exam you will be screened for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treating any disease and especially important for cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
Annual exams are recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18. During the exam, your doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. A Pap test, which collects tissue from the cervix to be sent to a laboratory for testing, will also be performed. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.
As you age, your body slowly ceases to produce estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that protect the body from developing uterine cancer and osteoporosis. The decrease of these hormone levels is also responsible for many of the symptoms of menopause which include irregular bleeding, hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, fatigue, depression and more. There are several treatment options available that help relieve these symptoms, and our doctors can help you decide which option is best for you.
Prescription medication with estrogen and progesterone, known as hormone replacement therapy, is a popular treatment for women with menopause. Patients can also seek treatment for their individual symptoms, so that they may remain active and feel their best.
Complex gynecological surgeries that once required large incisions and long recovery times are now being performed as minimally invasive procedures due to innovations as laparoscopy and robotic assistance. These advances allow surgeons to perform their procedures through tiny incisions, using a camera and small instruments. This provides surgeons with a clearer and more magnified view as well as more precise control than a traditional open procedure. Today’s technology makes procedures like hysterectomies and myomectomies shorter and safer, and greatly reduces recovery time.
Pre Menstrual Syndrome Counseling & Treatment
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are common conditions that are associated with symptoms related to menstrual periods and can include bloating, cramping, fatigue, moodiness, sleep irregularity and depression. PMS is experienced by most women, but symptoms of PMDD can and should be treated professionally. There is no official diagnosis of these conditions, but if they are affecting your ability to function in your everyday life, they can be considered serious.
Chronic PMS and PMDD can be treated through a variety of solutions. Behavior modification has been found to be effective and includes exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, dealing with stress and not smoking. Birth control pills can often help reduce these symptoms. For PMDD, anti-depressants or counseling may be prescribed.
Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a woman’s daily life. Your doctor can help you find a successful method of protection for you and your partner. You will be provided with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Birth control methods have many different variables including frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness. It is important to take into consideration your life, age, health and previous experience. The decision is ultimately yours, but using our knowledge and experience can help you make the right choice.
Human Papillomavirus Testing & Prevention
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that causes genital warts. There are more than 100 different kinds of viruses and some of them may increase the risk for cancer. While some types can cause genital warts, others will show no symptoms but can eventually lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina and anus. Contracted through sexual contact, the risk of infection can be reduced by using latex condoms.
While there is no cure for HPV, treatment for the symptoms caused by HPV, such as genital warts, cervical changes and cervical cancer, is available.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Testing & Treatment
Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have no symptoms, so it is difficult to know if you have been infected. Periodic testing is recommended for anyone with multiple sexual partners, even if they are having protected sex, using condoms. Ask your partner if they have or have ever had an STD. We offer safe and confidential STD testing and treatment.
If you are diagnosed with an STD, most can be treated effectively. Many, however, cannot be cured. Antibiotics are prescribed for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis and patients usually respond well. There is no cure for genital warts, but flare-ups can be shortened with antiviral medications.