Annual exams are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. During an annual exam a full medical history will be obtained along with a physical exam and discussion of any problems. Ways to maintain and improve your health will be discussed with your physician.
Most annual exams will include a pelvic exam and Pap smear if you are 21 or older. A pelvic exam includes inspection of the external genitalia, vagina and cervix, and an internal evaluation of the uterus and ovaries. Even women who have had a hysterectomy need an exam to evaluate their ovaries on a yearly basis. Pap smears may not be performed every year depending on the patient's previous results and their current health status.
Charleston Ob/Gyn offers testing of all kinds to our patients. During your annual exam, we offer Pap smears as well as well-woman testing such as cholesterol profiles, thyroid profiles and testing for diabetes. Certain hormone levels could be tested depending on your medical needs.
Sexually transmitted disease testing is discussed and offered during visits to our office. These tests can be performed through a pelvic exam or a blood draw depending on your symptoms or risk profile.
When a Pap smear is abnormal, your provider might schedule you for a colposcopy. A colposcopy consists of a microscopic examination of the vagina and cervix. During this procedure biopsies may be obtained which can help your doctor recommend the next appropriate step for you.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be protected against through Gardisil, a vaccination that protects against the nine most common strands of HPV. HPV has been associated with cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. HPV may also cause genital warts.
The HPV vaccine consists of three injections over a six-month period, and women ages 9-26 are encouraged to receive the vaccine. The cost will depend on your insurance coverage. These details will be provided to you prior to your vaccination.
For more information about Gardisil, visit www.gardisil.com.
Difficulty getting pregnant is stressful for any couple. Our doctors provide counseling and guidance as well as offer basic fertility testing to help overcome some of the obstacles that couples face.
The physicians at Charleston Ob/Gyn are fully equipped to diagnose and manage fertility issues. Please feel comfortable to address your concerns at your office visit.
Charleston Ob/Gyn offers many birth control options so you have a choice and can determine what is right for you.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills: daily oral medications that can not only prevent pregnancy but can regulate periods and make them lighter and less painful.
NuvaRing: A ring that is inserted into the vagina monthly and works similarly to birth control pills.
IUDs: devices that are placed inside your uterus by your physician. They can last from 3-5 years and an also help make periods lighter and less painful. There is also an option for a non-hormonal IUD that can last up to 10 years. This is a great option for women who cannot take birth control pills.
Nexplanon: a device that is placed underneath the skin of your upper arm and helps control periods as well as prevent pregnancy. Also a good option for women who cannot use birth control pills.
Depo Provera: a hormonal injection that is given every twelve weeks.
Condoms/spermicides: over the counter methods to prevent pregnancy.
Permanent birth control is for those women who know that they never want to become pregnant again. It can be accomplished through using the Essure device which is placed via a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is performed in the office under local anesthesia.
The doctors of Charleston Ob/Gyn are happy to be able to offer in-office surgical procedures that are safe, less invasive and lower in cost. These include hysteroscopy and Essure bilateral tubal ligation..
Essure Bilateral Tubal Ligation
A hysteroscopy is a surgery that diagnoses problems inside the uterus. It is accomplished through placing a long tube called a hysteroscope inside the uterus and can diagnose problems such as uterine fibroids or polyps.
Using a hysteroscope small coils are placed in the Fallopian tube openings inside the uterus. These will allow the tubes to become permanently blocked. Learn more at: www.essure.com
Menopause occurs when women stop having monthly menstrual cycles. This typically occurs between the ages of 45 to 55. Some patients can experience hot flashes, painful intercourse, mood swings, night sweats, interrupted sleep, and irritability. These symptoms can be treated with hormone replacement therapy in some women. There are also non-hormonal alternatives for vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, such as lubricants or the MonaLisa Touch™.
We recognize the need for a young woman to have a positive first gynecologic experience to set the stage for a lifetime of healthy decision making. Young women can have a variety of problems that include irregular periods, heavy periods, painful periods, or absence of periods. Our physicians can help diagnose these conditions as well as treat them medically. We also offer birth control and STD counseling. We strive to make our young patients feel as comfortable as possible as they begin this important process.
For an extensive list of FAQs, visit the Patient Education FAQ site at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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