As a courtesy to you, someone in our office will call to remind you of your appointment the day before. If we get your voice mail or another member of the household, we will leave a message only that we are confirming an appointment and the time. We will not leave detailed appointment information to anyone other than the patient.
If you are transferring to our practice while pregnant or you are transferring with a chronic medical condition, you MUST bring your records with you on your first visit in order to be seen.
Yes, while a woman’s risk of cervical cancer may decrease with age, her risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer increases. Consequently, the physical exam should be done yearly.
Yes. If you need a wheelchair or an escort, talk to the receptionist at the information desk in the lobby of Pavilion A. A free valet service is available at the Pavilion entrance for your convenience.
The Pap test, or Pap smear, is a screening test for cervical cancer. The test can detect changes in the cells on the cervix (the opening to the uterus, or womb, at the top of the vagina). These changes may be cancerous, pre-cancerous or caused by inflammation. During the pelvic exam, the doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and gently open it so the cervix can be seen. A thin brush and a wooden or plastic spatula are used to collect a sample of cells from the cervix. These cells are sent to the lab to be viewed and read by a cytotechnologist.
Gardasil is a vaccine that helps protect against diseases caused by HPV, such as cervical cancer, abnormal and precancerous cervical, vaginal and vulvar lesions, and genital warts. It is given in three doses over a period of six months. It is currently available for girls ages nine to 26 years old.
Choosing the right birth control (contraceptive) method is a very personal decision. There are several options available and only you and your partner can decide which one is right for you. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a woman to change her birth control method several times throughout her reproductive years. Most contraceptive methods take commitment, so make sure you understand the method you have chosen before you begin.
In order to provide the best possible care for you, we would like to have the most current patient information.
A breast abnormality should be examined here with an office visit. This way, a provider can then get a good history regarding the abnormality. Further testing may or may not include a diagnostic mammogram.
Hot flashes and night sweats can be caused for various reasons.
Hot flashes and/or night sweats that are associated with menopause are due to a drop or lack of estrogen in the body. The symptoms can vary in severity from being just a nuisance up to being debilitating. Treatment depends on the severity.
Nuisance hot flashes can be dealt with by dressing in cooler clothing, avoiding hot beverages, baths or showers, hot and spicy foods, caffeine, smoking and alcohol.
There are also hormonal and/or nonhormonal prescription medications that a woman may be a candidate to use. You and your provider can discuss the options and decide what may be best for you.
Yes, you should be seen. The reason for the discharge with a foul odor can be determined by your provider. It may be a vaginal infection.
You need to be evaluated by your provider. Lab blood work may be taken to determine a proper diagnosis and to help determine if you need an ultrasound.
If you only missed one pill, you need to make it up as soon as you remember it. If you’ve missed 2, you need to take 2 at a time for 2 days. Call the office if you’ve missed 3 or more.