Simply Women’s Health provides a comprehensive approach to a women’s healthcare needs. Our practice offers female patients a single trusted source for diagnosing and treating gynecological problems. Many advanced procedures are performed right in our office for added convenience and cost savings.
From Well-women care to family planning to surgical options to menopause, our goal is to keep you healthy through all ages and stages of life.
We at Simply Women’s Health are using current guidelines in pap management. It is advised not to have your first pap until you are 21 years old currently sexually active or not. And when a pap smear is done and considered abnormal it is important to have proper follow up and management so any concerns can be addressed quickly and monitored as so no concerns arise. Under abnormal pap management we may do a colposcopy or even a LEEP procedure if deemed necessary. Let us know if you have any questions regarding HPV or an abnormal pap smear currently or in your past.
Colposcopy is a gynecological procedure that illuminates and magnifies the vulva, vaginal walls, and cervix in order to detect and examine any abnormalities of the structures.
Purpose of the colposcopy is to determine a) what is the cause of abnormal cells from an abnormal pap smear and b) what is the appropriate treatment needed after the results are known.
A LEEP is done if an abnormal pap with an abnormal colposcopy indicates the need to treat and remove the abnormal cells on the cervix.
A thin wire electrode is attached to an electrosurgical generator and a painless electrical current to the loop wire and is used to cut away the affected cervical tissue.
Mild side effects include cramping and bleeding.
After the LEEP you should not do the following until directed by the Physician doing the LEEP:
- have sexual intercourse
- lift heavy objects
- use tampons
- take tub bath
But most important for you to remember: THAT HAVING CERVICAL DYSPLASIA DOES NOTE MEAN YOU HAVE CERVICAL CANCER.
However, treatment of the abnormal area is imperative to prevent abnormal cervical cells from developing into cervical cancer.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- more than 100 strains (types) of HPV exist
Type 6 and 11 are linked to genital warts (benign lesions)
Type 16 and 18 are most likely linked to cervical cancer
So who should get the HPV vaccine?
In 2006 a vaccine was FDA approved for prevention of 4 strains which are type 6,11, 16 and 18.
There are 40 types that infect the genital tract and genital HPV is common in the general population. 50% of all sexually active people with be infected with one at some point in their lives. Some cause no symptoms while others can make changes to precancerous and cancerous lesions.
Novasure is a non-hormonal treatment option for women who are premenopausal with heavy bleeding due to a benign cause and are finished with childbearing.
It is a quick 5 minute procedure done in our office and may be as little as the cost of a co-pay.
Benefits of a Novasure are as follows:
- more time for social and physical activities without worrying about your menses
- may reduce painful periods along with other PMS sx including irritability and PMS.
- performed in office with no incisions, no general anesthetic and little to no pain, also may return normal activities quickly in one day.
At Simply Women’s Health we have women planning for the family now and in the future. And by doing so there are many options of contraception available to women depending on their health, medical history and their needs/desires when choosing. The following is a list of some of the types of contraception discussed and managed at Simply Women’s Health. They include oral contraceptive pills, Nuva Ring, Depo-Provera, Nexplanon, Intra-uterine Devices and a more permanent option including Essure.
Looking for a permanent non-hormonal birth control option. Essure may be the answer.
Essure is a 10 minute procedure done right in our office that is 99.83% effective. And you may resume normal activity within a day. Most common side effect of the procedure is cramping.
It takes 3 months to form a natural barrier in the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from reaching the egg so no pregnancy can occur.
You will need to use another form of birth control for those 3 months.
At 3 months an Essure confirmation test will be done by a Radiologist to confirm no tubal patency. This entail injecting contrast dye into uterus and taking an x-ray to see if that dye is able to pass through the fallopian tube. If not tube is not patent and Essure was effective.
Essure is a very safe procedure and in 10 years over 750,000 Essures have been performed. It is being covered well with the Affordable Care act and depending on Insurance may be a very inexpensive option vs. vasectomy.
Breast thermography offers women information that no other procedure can provide:
- may provide the earliest warning
- individualized breast cancer risk assessment
- a possible role in breast cancer prevention
- sensitive non-invasive screening for younger women
We are offering Thermography in office and we feel Thermography can be an important option in breast screening
It is known that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost higher than in normal breast tissue.
In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels and creating new ones. This process frequently results in an increase in temperature of the breast.
Infrared Cameras like what we have in our office produces a high-resolution image of these temperature variants. These may be among the earliest signs of breast cancers.
Thus again while Infrared Cameras are detecting heat produced by increase blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated a tumor genesis and growth. Mammogram, U/S and MRI’s are relying primarily on finding the physical tumor.
Thus structural vs. vascular is how we can look at these two differnet screening tools for breast cancer.