Our doctors and nurse practitioners keep up to date on the latest gynecological services, and are prepared to handle the most sensitive of issues regarding women’s health. Whether your concern is having the proper contraception, annual pap/pelvic exams and proper treatment when necessary, or monitoring of breast health, we are here to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to speak to a physician.
Throughout perimenopause and menopause, the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body vary as your ovaries try to keep up with your usual levels of hormone production. This change is what causes the typical symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes, mood swings, sleep problems, bone loss, problems concentrating, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and urinary incontinence.
While the average age American women officially start menopause is 52, there isn’t a definitive timeline when menopause symptoms begin and stop. Your experience will be primarily based on genetics. Asking your doctor about how to cope with your symptoms now can bring you months of comfort as you transition to the next phase of your life.
Yearly pelvic exams and Pap smears are crucial in maintaining your health. Early detection of abnormal cells is an important part of treating any disease and especially important for cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening illnesses.
We recommend for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18 to have an exam and Pap smear conducted every year.
Managing Pelvic Pain
Diagnosis: usually through a pelvic exam. Other tests may be ordered by your doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain.
The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
If your doctor can pinpoint a specific cause, treatment will focus on that cause. However, if a cause can’t be identified, treatment will focus on managing your pain and other symptoms.
Call your doctor if:
- PMS symptoms regularly disrupt your life.
- You feel out of control because of PMS symptoms.
- Home treatments don’t help.
- Severe PMS symptoms (such as depression, anxiety, irritability, crying, or mood swings) don’t end a couple of days after your menstrual period starts.
Types of Contraception
Choosing Not to Have Sex Emergency Contraceptive
Birth Control Pills Female Condom
Cervical Cap Fertility Awareness Method
Condoms Injectable Contraception
Contraceptive Film Intrauterine Contraception
Contraceptive Foam The Patch
Contraceptive Implant The Ring
Contraceptive Sponge The Shield
Contraceptive Suppositories Withdrawal
Treatments for the woman: Problems with ovulating, Unexplained, infertility, Blocked or damaged tubes, Mild to moderate endometriosis
Treatments for fertility problems in women depend on what may be keeping the woman fromgetting pregnant. Sometimes the cause isn’t known.
- Problems with ovulating. Treatment may include taking medicine, such as:
- Clomiphene. It stimulates your ovaries to release eggs.
- Metformin. It’s used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Unexplained Infertility. If your doctor can’t find out why you and your partner haven’t been able to get pregnant, treatment may include:
- Hormone injections.
- Blocked or damaged tubes. If your fallopian tubes are blocked, treatment may include tubal surgery.
- Endometriosis. If mild to moderate endometriosis seems to be the main reason for your infertility, treatment may include laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrial tissue growth. This treatment may not be an option if you have severe endometriosis. For more information, see the topicEndometriosis.
New Horizons works closely with the accredited Breast Center of Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. The Breast Center provides services including mammograms, breast cancer diagnosis, and thorough treatment when necessary. Our patients benefit from our ability to team with the center’s professional technologists, radiologists and surgeons.
What’s Normal, What’s Not, Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer, Changes When You’re Pregnant or Breastfeeding, Breast Health in Your 40s and Up, Screening & Tests, Diet & exercise
Treatments for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Bacterial STDs
- Viral STDs
- Hep B and Vaccine
- HIV /AIDS:
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea:
- Genital herpes
- Genital warts
Minimally Invasive Surgery
In minimally invasive surgery, doctors use a variety of techniques to operate with less damage to the body than with open surgery. In general, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications.
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