Since early detection is important in treating nearly every condition, it is important for all women to have regular female exams. Depending upon your age and risk factors, we may recommend certain tests. Some of these may include pap smears, screening for HPV, certain vaccines, cultures, mammograms, bone scans, and blood work. You may want to check ahead of time for any special instructions or to see if these services can all be scheduled on the same day. We will also take this opportunity to ask if you are having any specific health issues or concerns that may be related to your female health.
Gynecological Cancer Screening
Gynecological cancer includes cancer of the cervix, uterus, ovaries, vagina, vulva and breast. There are thousands of new cases each year and many of them can be life-threatening. While these diseases often cannot be prevented, early detection is essential in receiving successful treatment.
Regular screenings for all gynecological cancers are important no matter what age you are. Although certain people may be at a higher risk, everyone should be tested to ensure proper treatment in the case of a diagnosis.
At Capital Women’s Care, we offer a full range of screenings to keep you aware and up-to-date of your health conditions. We also offer information on how to decrease your risk for developing gynecological cancer. Call us today to find out how you can protect yourself against these harmful diseases.
Urinary incontinence is a common condition that involves the accidental release of urine. Although it is not a serious or harmful condition, it can be embarrassing and may affect your daily life. Fortunately, treatment of urinary incontinence is usually simple and effective.
Certain exercises such as pelvic floor or Kegel exercises can strengthen pelvic muscles. Changing your diet, limiting your fluid intake and setting a urination schedule is often helpful as well.
When conservative methods are unsuccessful, medications that relax the bladder may be prescribed.
For some women surgery may be required when they do not respond to more conservative treatment. Surgery modifies your pelvic anatomy and returns it to its original location to restore control. Surgery may include an anterior repair or bladder lift or even a sling to help restore the anatomy of the urethra which is where the urine exits. If you also have evidence of prolapse or relaxation then other procedures may be required to help restore normal anatomy. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment option is best for you.
If you have any further questions regarding these and any other Gynecologic Problem, please call us today to schedule a consultation.
Evaluation of Uterine Fibroids
Fibroids, also known as myomas, are benign tumors that grow in the uterine walls. They can affect women of any age. In fact as many as 40-60% of women have fibroids, but the majority of woman have no symptoms at all.
Women who do have symptoms may experience:
Feeling of fullness
Enlargement of abdomen
Recurrent miscarriage or pregnancy loss
Lower back pain
Pain during sex
Treatment for these cases may include medication to relieve symptoms or surgery for more severe cases. Surgeries can include a myomectomy to remove the fibroids or a hysterectomy to remove the uterus. Other treatment options such as uterine artery embolization or UAE are also available to help control symptoms and preserve your overall health.
Evaluation and Treatment of Pelvic Pain
Chronic female pelvic pain is classified as pain below the belly button lasting longer than 6 months. Pelvic pain can be a result of several different causes, many of which can be successfully treated.
Although the cause of pelvic pain cannot always be determined, some common causes include:
Scar tissue after surgery or infection
Irritable bowel syndrome
Physical or sexual abuse
Patients who suffer from pelvic pain may undergo a Pap smear, blood tests, urine studies and an evaluation for STD’s to determine the cause of pain. Imaging such as a sonogram or CT scan and even exploratory surgery may be used for evaluation if a cause cannot be found.
Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause, but can include:
Birth control pills or hormone treatment
Surgery to remove a cyst or mass
Pelvic pain can be a debilitating condition that can affect your everyday life. It is important to work with your doctor to diagnose the cause of pain in order to receive effective treatment.
If you have any further questions regarding these and any other Gynecology Services, please call us today to schedule a consultation.