Gynecologic care should begin for girls when they begin having menstrual problems or become sexually active. Young females need educated on contraception, STD counseling, as well as PAP smears for screening. HPV immunization should be discussed before the initiation of sexual activity, as strains of this virus have been linked to cervical cancer.
Child-bearing years are rewarding, yet can still present issues for women such as menstrual problems, family planning needs, and infertility. Prenatal care should begin in the first trimester to ensure the healthiest outcome for mom and baby.
Annual exams are still important for women after they’ve had kids. Discussions with a gynecologist about routine PAPs, mammograms, and even diet and exercise is important. Diet and exercise can significantly improve a woman’s quality of life and energy levels. Menstrual problems, urinary incontinence (leaking), and hormone changes are common issues women face after child-bearing years.
Women have many health challenges during the menopausal and post-menopausal periods of their life such as decreased sex-drive, poor sleep, hot flashes or night sweats, and decreased bone density. Urinary incontinence and osteoporosis can have a markedly negative impact on a woman’s quality of life.
Therapy is available that can improve quality of life in profoundly positive ways when it comes to osteoporosis. Women who suffer with urinary incontinence can get help with cystometrics testing. This is bladder testing that determines whether there is a medical or surgical solution for bladder leaking. Dr. Kinney has had great success in improving incontinence issues for his patients.
Wellness exams enable our providers to focus on patient concerns as a woman navigates through changes during her lifetime. Gynecologic cancers are very preventable and treatable when exams, PAPs, and mammograms are done regularly. PAP smears detect a pre-cancerous condition, known as dysplasia, which is treatable in the office most times. Cervical cancer can be entirely eliminated by having annual PAP smears. Mammography picks up breast cancer years before it becomes palpable on a breast exam.
Pelvic ultrasound is a valuable tool in assessing the uterine lining, fibroids, and ovarian masses. For OB patients, Avita offers ultrasound technology that enables early detection of fetal abnormalities as well as 4-D ultrasound capability.