Yearly pelvic exams and Pap smears are important in monitoring your gynecologic health and screening 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, the doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. During a Pap smear, he or she will remove some tissue from the cervix to carefully examine as well. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.
A Pap smear is a routine test performed during your annual exam which checks your cervix for abnormal cell growth, which could be indicative of changes in the cervical cells. If you have an abnormal pap test, your physician may ask you to return to the office for either a repeat pap test or a different type of test called a colposcopy, which helps the physician get a better tissue sample of the cervix. This helps to determine the cause of these abnormal cells, which could be cancerous cells. They may also be precancerous cells, which if found early enough can be treated before developing into cancer.
Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a woman’s daily life. Talking with your doctor about which method is right for you is essential to successful protection for you and your partner. At County Ob/Gyn, we will provide you with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Bone Density Screening
Bone Density Screening is important because it helps determine if a person is at an increased risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture. The results from this test will help the physicians provide our patients with a treatment plan to help prevent fractures.
Da Vinci Procedures
The Da Vinci System is a robotic surgical system that uses a minimally invasive approach for complex surgical procedures. Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions! Some benefits of this procedure include significantly less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, a shorter recovery time and hospital stay, and faster return to daily activities.
Some commonly associated bladder ailments include urinary tract infections and incontinence. Urinary tract infections may affect the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra. These infections are more common in women than men and in fact more than half of all women get at least one infection throughout their lifetime. If you notice any changes in your urination it is important to call your doctor immediately so it can be treated before it gets worse.
Urinary incontinence is involuntary loss of urine. Millions of women experience this problem ranging from mild leakage to uncontrollable and embarrassing wetting which can have a negative impact on the quality of life. Some women may allow the embarrassment of this to prevent them from enjoying activities with their family and friends. Don’t wait – Call our office and schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options.
Hormones are chemical substances in our bodies that act as messengers. Our bodies produce dozens of hormones that control everything we do including how we think, eat and sleep. When levels of hormones fluctuate it affects us mentally, emotionally and physically. Hormonal imbalance occurs when these chemicals, responsible for regulating our body’s systems, are no longer functioning properly.
There are many causes for hormonal imbalance including menopause, which is a naturally occurring process due to the end of menstruation and fertility. During menopause, the ovaries stop functioning and cause a decrease in the level of hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Although menopause cannot be prevented, there are recommendations our physicians can help make this life-changing experience a little less painful and a little more tolerable. Many of these life changing symptomatic problems can be managed using medication or lifestyle modification.
We provide a wide range of procedures from intrauterine device (IUD) insertions for long-acting reversible contraception to endometrial biopsies which are performed by taking a tissue sample from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to test for abnormal cells or signs of cancer. To learn more about our OB/GYN services, please call our office to discuss with your provider or to schedule a new patient exam.
Our sonographers at County Ob/Gyn are board-certified, highly-skilled professionals who use specialized equipment to create images of gynecological structures in the pelvic region that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Our sonographers have extensive training and years of experience. We are also AIUM certified, meaning we exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations.
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus, called the endometrium, is found on structures located outside of the uterus. This is the tissue that sheds each month during a women’s menstrual cycle. Most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed around the ages of 25 to 35 although it has been seen in very young girls. The prevalence is unknown since there may not be any symptoms however it is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain. If you are having pain, your physician will discuss a plan that meets that your needs.