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Gynecology

We offer a full range of services for your gynecologic needs

Prevention and Wellness

We encourage our patients to see their provider regularly for basic well-woman examinations. While screening recommendations change over time, we individualize our recommendations for each patient. You can talk to your doctor about how often you should have any of the above screening test. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss issues pertaining to your reproductive health including, birth control, menstrual cycle irregularities, sexual function, or menopausal symptoms.

Your visit may include age appropriate health maintenance screening tests. Some of these are done at the time of your visit and others are separate tests that require a provider’s order or referral:

  • Pap smear
  • Mammogram
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Bone density assessment
  • Sexually-transmitted disease testing

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Contraception and Family Planning

Deciding what birth control is best for you involves many factors: How soon are you planning to have a child? What methods have you tried before? Are you looking for a permanent option? Are there special factors about your body that will make one birth control method more desirable or safer than another? You may heard something or read something about certain methods of contraception that contain false information. Be sure to discuss these questions with your doctor. We can help you determine what method will be best for you.

  • Reversible contraception: For women who desire children in the future. Some contraceptives contain hormones (estrogen and/or progestin) and others do not.
  • Permanent Contraception: For women who finished their childbearing and are absolutely certain they desire no more pregnancies. These options are not reversible.

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Menopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life where her periods stop.  The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but it often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. By definition, a woman is in menopause when her period has been absent for 12 months.  The time surrounding this 12 month period is considered perimenopause.

Perimenopause can consist of irregular periods, either more frequent or less frequent, either heavier than in the past or lighter. It is hard to predict how long it will be until periods stop altogether. Your pattern of menopause may similar to that seen in your mother or sisters. Other symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and emotional irritability may also occur. Later in menopause, a woman may notice vaginal dryness or painful intercourse. In the past, women were often put on hormones (estrogens and/or progestins) for treatment of menopausal symptoms. Because of concerns about the risks of hormone therapy, today we tend to treat symptoms more specifically, and for shorter periods of time. We want to work with you to find the best therapy for your menopausal symptoms.

For more information on menopause, we encourage you to investigate the following websites:

PAUSE (from ACOG)
North American Menopause Society
NIH (National Institute of Health) Medline Plus

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