Gynecology care or wellness care for women is an important part of overall health maintenance that begins during a girl’s teenage years throughout childbearing and menopause. It is also called preventive healthcare, meaning it helps to identify potential problems/risks and provide interventions to prevent them before they happen. This is accomplished with a thorough questionnaire as well as interview with our nurses and exam by one of our providers.
An annual exam or well-woman exam is done on a yearly basis to assess a woman’s overall gynecological health. The annual exam consists of the following:
A personal history filled out by the patient .
An interview with the nurse who also obtains your height, weight, and blood pressure.
A breast exam by the provider. This assessment consists of palpation of the breasts to feel for any abnormalities and look for any unusual discharge. This is also a time to teach you how to perform a self breast exam so that you can contact us if you notice any changes.
A Pap smear and Pelvic exam is done as well. During a Pap smear your provider will use a small brush to collect cells from the cervix to be screened for pre-cancerous or cancer cells and the presence of the HPV virus. Vaginal cultures for the presence of any STI infection can be collected with this sample as well. This Pap smear and Pelvic exam is a fairly quick process, usually taking approximately 5 minutes.
During your time with the provider this is an ideal opportunity to ask any questions you may have or express any concerns.
Other Gynecological services we provide include:
- Screenings for STI’s (sexually transmitted diseases)
- Contraception care including:
- oral contraceptives
- Nuva Ring
- contraceptive patches
- Menstruation or period issues such a heavy bleeding, irregular periods, painful periods and more.
- Menopausal management
- Ovarian cysts
- Diagnostic ultrasounds
- Minimally invasive surgery in office such as NovaSure® and HerOption®.
- Hormone Pellet therapy
- Care of the Adolescent
- Treatment for incontinence
- Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. It means a person urinates when they do not want to. Control over the urinary sphincter is either lost or weakened.
- Treatment will depend on several factors, such as the type of incontinence, the patient’s age, general health, and their mental state. Ask Dr. McCord about what treatment method is right for you.