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Gynecology

Gynecology

At Premier Healthcare for Women, we provide a full spectrum of gynecologic services for women of all ages.

Gynecology is the branch of medical science dealing with the female reproductive system. The word “gynecology” actually translates to “the science of women.” The main core of gynecology in our practice is in preventive or maintenance care.

We treat women’s medical issues that include:

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Breast Exams

Contraceptive Counseling

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Adolescent Gynecology

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Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

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Infertility

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Chronic Pelvic Pain

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Pelvic Support

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HPV Immunization

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PAP Smears

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Menopause

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Urinary Tract Infections

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Urinary Incontinence

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Vaginal Discharge

Well Woman Exam (Annual)

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Annual Exam

Well Woman Exam

At premier healthcare for women, we believe that one of the keys to lifelong health is for every woman to have a regularly scheduled exam with her gynecologist. An annual exam is the best defense we have to prevent future health concerns. A majority of our patients will see us for their annual well woman exam and will associate this annual exam as just having a pap smear performed, but this exam is much more extensive.

The guidelines for pap smear testing have been updated, and in some cases it may not be necessary to have a pap smear every year. Your physician will keep you updated and advise you of the changes which may affect your testing requirements. A yearly well women exam may be covered yearly by most insurance plans and may not require a co-payment. (please check with your insurance carrier for this information. ) your well-woman visit is all about you, your body, and your reproductive health.

We are dedicated to providing individualized preventative health care for every patient. Enhancing preventive care, we will evaluate and treat patients for a wide variety of gynecologic problems, which can include abnormal pap smears, polyps, fibroids, infections, irregular bleeding, and cysts. Minor procedures, such as treatment for abnormal pap smears, biopsies, and iud insertions, are done in the office. We will perform surgeries to help patients when the need arises.

Abnormal Pap Smear Management

The key to preventing cervical cancer is screening with a pap smear. But what happens when that pap smear comes back abnormal?
We are here to guide you through the results and recommend treatment plans for monitoring and/or treatment.

Colposcopy

Sometimes a pap smear reveals abnormal cells that need further investigation. A colposcopy is an office exam involving a high-powered magnifying scope that looks at the cervix to determine if abnormal tissue is present. The physician will place a speculum in the vagina and then bathe the cervix in a solution that will help light up any abnormal cells present. We then use the magnifying scope to take a close look at the cervix. We then take biopsies of the cervix in the area that lights up. This is typically only mildly painful (like brief menstrual cramps). The tissue is then sent to the lab for further investigation.

LEEP – Loop Electrocautery Excision Procedure

This is a procedure to help treat abnormal cells on your cervix.
A wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from your cervix this tissue is then sent to the lab to ensure all the abnormal tissue has been removed.

Problematic Periods

Problematic Periods

The female menstrual cycle is complex and problematic at times. Heavy, painful and irregular cycles can arise at any point in our lifetime.

We strive to get to the cause of these issues and guide you through options that can ease the stress of these problematic periods.

Identifying the cause abnormal, heavy periods and menstrual bleeding can be caused by many factors including hormonal imbalances, infections, problems with blood clotting, uterine tumors, certain types of cancer, chronic medical problems and even pregnancy.

We can evaluate your symptoms and conduct an exam to get to the cause of your problem.

Endometriosis

We understand the pain and anxiety that is associated with a diagnosis of endometriosis. We can offer you the endometriosis treatment that is right for you. It is estimated that 1-in-10 women are affected by endometriosis. Endometriosis is a complicated disease process and can lead to chronic pelvic pain and infertility.

With endometriosis, tissue that normally lines the uterus grows elsewhere in the body. The implants respond in the same way that the uterine lining does by thickening, breaking down and shedding. However, since this occurs outside the uterus, the tissue can become inflamed, irritated and scarred. It causes pain and other symptoms such as:

• Bowel problems – diarrhea, constipation, painful bowel movements
• Painful urination
• Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
• Lower back pain
• Heavy or painful menstrual cycle

At Premier Healthcare for Women, we are dedicated to helping you manage this disease.
We offer both medical and surgical options that can help keep endometriosis from affecting your daily life.

ADOLESCENT GYNECOLOGY

Adolescent Gynecology

Adolescent gynecology is a distinct sub-specialty with a focus on caring for girls from birth to young adulthood for all reproductive needs. In young girls, problems can include rashes, frequent urinary tract infections or early pubertal development.

In the adolescent patient issues often include menstrual problems, anatomical abnormalities or concerns about puberty. The first gynecologic visit for every young woman is recommended between ages 13-15.

BIRTH CONTROL & CONTRACEPTION

Birth Control

It is our goal to help you make informed decisions about contraception and what works best for you and your body.
Birth control is not a one-size-fits-all scenario.

At Premier Healthcare for Women, we offer all forms of birth control to patients to help make sure you have access to the birth control that is right for you.

Birth control options include:
• Traditional oral contraceptive pills
• Vaginal rings (Nuvaring®) – just like birth control pills but the hormones get absorbed into your bloodstream through the vaginal tissue. You insert them yourself once a month.
• Birth control patches – just like birth control pills but the hormones get absorbed through your skin into your bloodstream. They are changed once a week.
• IUDs (intrauterine devices) – both hormonal and non-hormonal – these devices are inserted into the uterus by your physician and can prevent pregnancy without the maintenance of taking a pill every day. It is 99% effective. Once you are ready to conceive, they can be removed at any time.
• Birth control implants (Nexplanon®) – inserted under the skin of the arm by your physician. It lasts up to 3 years and is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It can be removed at any time by your physician.
• Injections (Depo-Provera®) – injection that prevents pregnancy for 3 months. Not reversible.