What is Obstetrics and Gynecology?

Obstetrics and gynecology are two similar yet uniquely distinct medical fields focused on female reproductive health. New physicians are trained in both fields, however they may choose to focus only on one, or both. Because the female reproductive system is complex and requires a unique skill set, many women prefer seeing an obstetrician, gynecologist or … Continued

What Does a Pap Smear Test For?

A Pap smear test is an annual exam performed by a skilled gynecologist that checks the health of your vagina and cervix. A small sample of cells is swabbed from the cervix and then analyzed for abnormalities, precancerous cells and cervical cancer. What does a Pap smear test? Though the primary reason for Pap smears … Continued

When Does Menopause Start?

Menopause is a natural process for women that is often diagnosed after a woman’s body has ceased menstruation for 12 consecutive months. It is often accompanied by symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, and vaginal dryness. Menopause occurs when a woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels naturally decline, and her ovaries no longer release an egg … Continued

What Happens at a Gynecology Appointment?

Annual well-woman exams are vital for detecting problems before they start. Early detection and treatment for things like ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or early-stage cancer can make all the difference in your treatment options, health and well-being. However, we completely understand these appointments can cause anxiety or worry—and make even the least shy among us, … Continued

Menopause: What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are chemicals that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make naturally. When a woman reaches menopause, she begins to experience a natural decline in her reproductive hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Replacing these hormones with bioidentical hormones may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with menopause like hot flashes … Continued

What are the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?

When you hear the words “robotic surgery” you may think of the robots you’ve seen in futuristic movies. You know, the ones that perform medical procedures without any human involvement. While there are slight similarities, robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows doctors to perform complex surgeries with more precision, flexibility and … Continued

Treatment of Urinary Incontinence: What to Know

If you suffer from a loss of bladder control, your doctor may diagnose you with urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a common condition in which there is a strong, sudden urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary bladder contraction. An involuntary loss of urine can also result from a sneeze, laugh or cough. Types of … Continued

High-Risk Pregnancy: Advanced Maternal Age

If you’re age 35 or older and hoping to have a baby, you’ve probably heard the term thousands of times: The “biological clock.” Yes, age is a factor in high-risk pregnancies. But today, many women are waiting to get pregnant well into their 30s and beyond—and delivering healthy babies. When you know the risks and … Continued