Your peace of mind is as important as your physical health. Medications are prescribed only when necessary. Studies and tests are recommended when they will offer information that will affect the outcome of your health.
If we believe you will benefit from seeing a specialist, we work with many excellent specialists in the area and will coordinate your care while still playing a vital role and following your progress.
We care for the health needs of women at every stage of life, from young womanhood through menopause and after. Yearly gynecologic exams are essential to keeping you healthy and active.
This smear has replaced the older, conventional method of obtaining a PAP smear. With this new method, not only can we test for early signs of cervical cancer, we can also check for the HPV virus, the virus that can cause healthy cervical cells to become precancerous ones. It also allows us to check for infections such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
Breast exams including instructions on Self-Examination
To be sure you are using an effective contraception technique, we discuss options available to you. If you have teenagers, you need to discuss this with them as well to avoid major disasters. They are often too young and immature to properly prevent unwanted pregnancies.
80% of women are exposed to the HPV virus before age 30. Of these women, over 85 – 90 % of them will clear the virus with the help of their immune system. An annual screening allows us to identify the other 10-15% of women who do not clear the virus from the cervix, thus helping them prevent and/or treat the development of abnormal cervical cells early.
You should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases if you are sexually active and have had more than one partner. This is especially true if you are between 15-30 years old. This includes screening for HPV (human papilloma virus), chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. These germs can affect fertility and can cause some cancers.
HRT is controversial in general. We recommend it in the peri-menopausal years and possibly for the long term. HRT may have multiple beneficial effects on the risk for a heart attack, stroke, bone thinning and even Alzheimer’s disease. You should discuss this with your provider to be sure you are making the best decision about hormone replacement therapy.
Women should take calcium and Vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (bone thinning). Women need 1000-5000 mg of calcium and 400-800 IU (international units) of Vitamin D per day. Most adults get approximately 500 mg of calcium with vitamin supplements. To make your bones stronger, we recommend weight-bearing exercises and walking.
Risk factors for osteoporosis are: