Having a baby is a wonderful experience, and it’s helpful to have a baby when you’ve planned on starting a family. Birth control can help prevent pregnancy, so you can have a baby when the time is right for you. Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at birth control and can offer you several birth control options and help you choose the best birth control method.
You want your birth control method to be convenient and fit in with your lifestyle and your needs. Birth control methods available include:
Birth control pills – are convenient, portable, and effective. This method works by continuously releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy.
Contraceptive skin patches – they are easy to use and don’t require the responsibility of remembering to take a pill. This method works by releasing hormones gradually over time to prevent pregnancy.
Vaginal rings – they are easy to take with you and are inserted into your vagina. Vaginal rings release hormones when inserted, preventing pregnancy from occurring.
Birth control injections – they are administered at 3-to-6-month intervals and release hormones gradually over time to prevent pregnancy.
Birth control implants – they are small rod-like devices that release hormones to prevent pregnancy. A birth control implant is placed into your upper arm and can be effective for up to 3 years.
Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs – either contain hormones or copper. The IUD is placed inside your uterus and can be effective for up to 3 to 5 years if it contains hormones, and up to 10 years if it contains copper.
Your OBGYN doctor can discuss other birth control options with you including condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. Condoms have the added benefit of protecting you against sexually-transmitted diseases in addition to pregnancy.
Choosing birth control is an important decision, and you want it to be the right choice. Your OBGYN doctor can help you decide. To learn more about the different birth control options and which choice is best for you, call your OBGYN doctor today.
Your reproductive health is important. Regular gynecological exams can help protect your reproductive health and help prevent serious medical conditions like cervical cancer. Your OBGYN doctor is dedicated to protecting your reproductive health throughout all the stages of your life.
You should visit your gynecologist at least once each year for a regular gynecological exam. During your regular gynecological exam, your gynecologist will:
- Do a breast examination to check for lumps and other abnormalities
- Order a mammogram or other imaging studies to check for any abnormalities
- Perform a comprehensive gynecological examination to assess your gynecological health
- Perform a pap smear to help detect cervical cancer
In addition to regular gynecological examinations, you should visit your OBGYN if you are experiencing:
- A yellow, green, or gray discharge from your vagina
- Frequent or chronic abdominal pain or pelvic cramping
- Breast tenderness that doesn’t resolve
Your gynecologist is an expert at maintaining the reproductive health of women of all ages. Young women who are first menstruating can benefit from a regular gynecological examination and:
- Advice on birth control methods
- Regulating periods if they are irregular, late, or heavy
- Performing an examination to determine pregnancy
- Treating severe cramping or severe bleeding associated with menstruation
Older women who are premenopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal can benefit a regular gynecological exam and:
- Treatment for relief of symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, cold sweats, and weight gain
- Treatment of brittle bones caused by osteoporosis, one of the consequences of menopause
Your gynecologist can help you stay healthy, and it all begins with regular visits, at least once each year. Choosing your OBGYN doctor is one of the most important decisions you can make about your healthcare. Women have special medical needs, including reproductive healthcare. To find out more about the importance of regular gynecological exams and how they can protect your reproductive health, talk with an expert. Call your gynecologist today.
If you are a woman, visiting your OBGYN doctor regularly for a checkup is one of the most important ways you can protect your reproductive health. Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of medical conditions associated with your reproductive system, including:
- Breast lumps
- Breast cancer
- Pelvic pain
- Cervical abnormalities
- Cervical cancer
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Your regular gynecological checkup should occur at least once each year. It's a very thorough examination to protect your reproductive health. During your regular checkup, your OBGYN doctor will:
- Perform a breast examination to check for lumps or abnormalities
- Order a mammogram or other imaging if necessary
- Perform a pelvic and vaginal examination to check for lumps, discharge, or other abnormalities
- Perform a pap smear to be examined for signs of cervical cancer
Regular checkups are important, but you should also visit your OBGYN doctor if you experience:
- Late, irregular, or missed periods
- Severe or continuous pelvic or vaginal pain
- A yellow, gray or green discharge from your vagina
- Difficulty with menstruation due to severe cramping or bleeding
Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at treatment of women, from when you are first menstruating and beyond. Some of the services provided by your OBGYN for young women include:
- Prescribing birth control
- Fertility counseling and treatment
- Prenatal examinations
- Pregnancy examinations
- Newborn care counseling
Your OBGYN doctor can administer medical care to you throughout your life. Some of the services provided by your OBGYN doctor for older women include:
- Perimenopausal and menopausal counseling
- Prevention of osteoporosis due to menopause
Menopause can introduce you to some unpleasant side effects. Your OBGYN doctor can help minimize the effects of:
- Drying skin and hair
- Loss of vaginal moisture
- Regulation of hormones
- Relief from mood swings
- Treatment for night sweats
- Treatment for hot flashes
To find out more about the importance of regular gynecological checkups for women’s health and other gynecological services, talk with an expert. Call your OBGYN doctor today.
It’s important to plan when you want to have a family. In order to keep from getting pregnant, you need to find a contraceptive that is right for you. Your OBGYN can help with contraceptive management.
Birth control options are one of the most important services provided by an OBGYN. Thanks to advances in birth control, you now have several convenient options, including:
Birth control pills, which are convenient, portable, and effective. They work by releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy.
Contraceptive skin patches, which are convenient and don’t require remembering to take a pill. They release hormones gradually and consistently to prevent pregnancy.
Vaginal rings, which are portable and are inserted into your vagina. They release hormones when inserted, to prevent pregnancy.
Birth control injections, which are administered at 3-to-6-month intervals. The injections release hormones gradually to prevent pregnancy.
Birth control implants, which are small rod-like devices that release hormones to prevent pregnancy. An implant is placed into your upper arm and can be effective for up to 3 years.
Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, which either contain hormones or copper; the IUD is placed inside your uterus and can be effective for up to 3 to 5 years if it contains hormones, and up to 10 years if it contains copper.
Other common birth control methods include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. Condoms have an advantage over other birth control methods because they can protect you against sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to pregnancy.
Contraception management is just one of the important services your OBGYN can provide. Other services provided by your OBGYN include:
- Routine reproductive health examinations, including pap smears
- Routine breast examinations, including mammograms and breast MRI
- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
- Fertility counseling and treatment
- Prenatal counseling and prenatal care
To find out more about contraception management and available birth control options, you need the help of an expert. Call your OBGYN doctor today.
A pap smear is a routine test typically performed during a gynecological exam. It’s a test to determine the presence of abnormal or cancerous cells, specifically cervical cancer. Pap smear testing is important because cervical cancer is a type of cancer which often doesn’t have any warning signs or symptoms until the cancer is in the later stages.
During a pap smear, cells are collected from the cervix and sent off to a laboratory for testing. Most test results come back negative, however, there are a few instances where you may have an abnormal pap smear.
Reasons for an abnormal pap smear include:
- Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Early cell changes which need monitoring
- Early cell changes which need to be treated early
If you have an abnormal pap test result, your OBGYN doctor will consider these factors when developing next steps:
- Your previous pap test results
- Your previous treatments for cervical cell changes
- Your personal health factors including your age
Your OBGYN doctor may recommend these next steps after an abnormal pap smear:
- Having a repeat pap test in 1 to 3 years
- Having a colposcopy and biopsy
- Receiving treatment for high grade cervical cell changes
When your OBGYN doctor recommends a colposcopy, during the exam, your OBGYN doctor will apply a vinegar solution to the cervix to highlight abnormal areas. A colposcope is then used to light and magnify the cervix and check abnormal areas. A tissue sample can be taken for a biopsy to diagnose cervical cancer.
If your OBGYN doctor recommends receiving treatment for high grade cervical cell changes, treatment may include:
- Loop electrosurgical excision to electrify and remove abnormal tissue
- Cold knife conization to remove abnormal tissue
- Laser therapy to destroy abnormal tissue
- Cryotherapy to freeze abnormal tissue
- Total hysterectomy for severe cases of cervical cancer
To learn more about the importance of pap smear testing and management of an abnormal pap smear result, call your OBGYN doctor today.
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