General GYN Services
Women have special health challenges. Menstrual irregularities, contraception, and Hormonal changes. At Women’s Health Now, we rise to meet these challenges and more with a comprehensive and integrative approach to general and specialized gynecological (GYN) services. Women’s Health Now is committed to the whole discipline of women’s health care.
Learn more below about the important benefits of a yearly Pap and GYN exam, mammograms as determined by your age and family history, and monthly breast self-exams. Also, explore your options for contraception and our specialized GYN services, including treatments for menstrual irregularities, tubal sterilization abnormal Pap results, pelvic pain, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), menopause, decreased sexual desire and hormone replacement therapy.
A breast exam is an integral part of your yearly exam. If required, you can take advantage of mammography services at centers convenient to your home or office. Women’s Health Now focuses on all aspects of breast health. Your physician at Women’s Health Now may refer you to a breast specialist for diagnostic services, such as ultrasound and biopsy, in addition to mammograms.
How to Perform a Monthly Breast Self-Exam
While a breast exam is a part of your yearly exam, we encourage you to follow the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for monthly breast self-exams for women 20 and older. The American Cancer Society also recommends:
- All women between 20 and 40 years old should have their breasts examined by a physician every three years and have an initial mammogram between 35 and 40.
- Women over 40 should have a mammogram and a physician’s exam every year.
The best time to perform a monthly breast self-exam is 4 to 7 days after your menstrual period ends. If you no longer menstruate, choose a date you’ll remember, such as the beginning or end of the month.
Yearly Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear
A yearly pelvic exam and Pap smear is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Your provider will collect cells from your cervix to determine the presence of infection, inflammation, and most importantly, abnormal cells that may indicate cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears and pelvic exams can detect pre-cancerous conditions early, increasing the likelihood of successful treatment.
The National Cancer Institute advises women who are sexually active or who have reached 18 years old to have yearly pelvic exams and Pap smears. This is a healthy habit that you should continue throughout your life, regardless of age. If you have had a hysterectomy, consult your physician as to whether or not you need regular Pap smears.
Your physician at Women’s Health Now can help you manage or alleviate pelvic pain by identifying the causes and developing a personalized treatment plan. Some pelvic pain is normal and is related to monthly ovulation or related to pre-menstrual conditions. However, if pelvic pain has become a chronic, annoying disruption in your life, this could indicate a more serious condition. A Women’s Health Now physician can provide a personalized treatment plan.
Note: Pelvic pain that comes on suddenly or is severe could indicate a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately in an emergency department.
If there is any chance that you are suffering chronic pelvic pain and may be pregnant, tell your physician. He or she may order a pregnancy test to rule out the possibility.
At Women’s Health Now we can diagnose chronic pelvic pain with a variety of methods, including:
- Pelvic exam
- Referral to a specialist, if needed
Chronic Pelvic Pain That Usually Requires Treatment
If pelvic pain is caused by any of the following, your physician will want to develop a treatment plan for you:
- Ovarian cysts
Abnormal growths that can cause painful bleeding into the ovary
A condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus implants outside the uterus
Common, benign growths in the muscle of the uterus that can cause pelvic pressure if large
- Infection or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Caused by bacteria in the lining of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
Most often caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea
A number of treatment options are available. These may include:
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections
- Surgery to remove ovarian growths or large fibroids
- Lifestyle changes
If menstrual problems are disrupting your life, or if you are experiencing any of the conditions listed below, come to Women’s Health Now. We can help you manage the discomfort with a treatment plan developed especially for you.
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Shorter menstrual cycles
- Longer or missed menstrual cycles
- Intermittent spotting and bleeding
- Prolonged or heavy bleeding
- Painful cramps
Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
You don’t have to suffer with monthly PMS. At Women’s Health Now we partner with you to manage and help improve your PMS symptoms. After a complete history and physical exam and depending on your symptoms and overall health, we may recommend treatments such as medication, vitamin supplements, lifestyle and diet changes, and exercise.
Abnormal Pap Evaluation
Getting a yearly pelvic exam and Pap smear is the most important thing you can do for your health and well being. Pap smears are early detectors of cervical cancer. If your Pap smear results indicate an abnormality, your physician may indicate any or all of the following treatment options:
- Pelvic exam and tests to rule out vaginal infections
- Colposcopy to examine the vagina and cervix
- Cervical biopsy to examine a small amount of cervical tissue to confirm or rule out the presence of cancerous cells