Breast exams are performed in order to detect lumps that may be breast cancer. When detected in the earliest stages, breast cancer is highly treatable. During an annual wellness visit, women are taught how to do a breast self-exam. This empowers women to check their own bodies and become familiar with their own anatomy. Dr. Saam will do an annual exam to check for any unusual growths that may have been missed during a self-exam.
Contraceptives such as the intrauterine device, birth control pills or shots, and tubal ligation help a woman to space her pregnancies or prevent a pregnancy altogether. Contraceptives may also be important for women who have been exposed to contagious illnesses that could be harmful to a developing baby. Prescription contraceptives can only be obtained through a licensed physician.
Heavy or Painful Periods
Many women suffer from heavy bleeding or painful cramps during their periods. These symptoms are sometimes caused by other undiagnosed medical conditions. Unbalanced hormone levels may also play a role in problematic menstrual cycles. Women with irregular or heavy periods should receive gynecological services to determine the cause of their menstrual cycle issues.
Pap smears are essential to the diagnoses of cervical cancer. This simple procedure involves collecting a few cells from the cervix. The cells are sent to a laboratory where a pathologist views them through a microscope. If any abnormalities are detected, a second test may be needed. A Pap smear should be done once per year for most women, regardless of whether or not they are sexually active.
Pregnancy testing can be done through urine or blood tests. If a woman has had past miscarriages, in-office pregnancy testing may be done several times to monitor her hormone levels. Pregnancy testing may also be done before a woman receives a prescription for contraceptives.
Many women experience premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, for several days before their periods start. PMS can be a debilitating condition. The symptoms of PMS can include painful cramps, headaches, bloating, severe mood changes, and back aches. Medical treatment for PMS may help to alleviate some or all of these symptoms.
Any woman who suspects that she has been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) should come in for STD counseling and testing. Early diagnosis and treatment for STDs is important to the woman’s reproductive and overall health. Some of the most common STDs that women can be tested for include genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and HIV.
Gynecological services are essential to a woman’s health and well-being. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your annual exam or to be seen by Dr. Saam for any other gynecological health concerns that you have.
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