GYNECOLOGY

Gynecology Services

Gynecology s the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive systems (vagina, uterus and ovaries) and the breasts. Literally, outside medicine, it means "the science of women". Its counterpart is andrology, which deals with medical issues specific to the male reproductive system.

 

 

In some countries, women must first see a general practitioner (GP; also known as a family practitioner (FP)) prior to seeing a gynaecologist. If their condition requires training, knowledge, surgical procedure, or equipment unavailable to the GP, the patient is then referred to a gynaecologist. In the United States, however, law and many health insurance plans allow gynaecologists to provide primary care in addition to aspects of their own specialty. With this option available, some women opt to see a gynaecological surgeon for non-gynaecological problems without another physician's referral.

 

We Specialize in:

  • Preventative Care
  • Contraception Including Tubal Ligation
  • Management of the Abnormal Pap Smear
  • Vulvar Conditions and Pain Disorders
  • Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Fibroid Treatment
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Menopause Management
  • Osteoporosis
  • Treatment of Cervical Dysplasia
  • Treatment of Pelvic Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence

Frequently Asked Gynecology Questions:

    •  At what age should I have my first gyn exam?

    Unless there is a medical problem, you should have your first pelvic exam around the age of 21 years or sooner if you begin sexual activity.

    • When should I get my first mammogram?

    Women age 40 and older should have mammograms every one or two years. However, the likelihood of developing breast cancer is higher if a close blood relative has been diagnosed with the disease, especially if they were diagnosed before the age of 50. Likewise, women who began having their periods before the age of 12 or who went through menopause after the age of 55 are at higher risk, as are women who had their first child after age 30 or who never had a child. If you believe you may be at a higher risk, ask your physician when you should start being examined.

    •  What do I do if I missed one or two days of birth control pills?

    First, read the instructions that came with your pill. Generally speaking, if you miss one pill, take two pills the next day. If you miss two pills, take two pills on each of the next two days. It’s best to use a backup contraception method such as condoms for the remainder of the month.

    •  Is the patch safe?

     

    The Orth Evra patch releases a higher estrogen level than what is received from oral birth control pills. Please discuss with your doctor whether the patch is a good choice for you.

    •  Can I have a pap smear if I have my period?

    You should try to schedule your annual exam for when you are not having your period. However, you can have a pap smear during your period as long as the flow is not very heavy.

    •  How much calcium do I need?

    Adults under the age of 50 should get 1,000 mg of calcium every day. Over the age of 50, the amount goes up to 1,200 mg. The best way to get your calcium is in your food.

    •  I have gone through menopause but am experiencing spotting or staining. What should I do?

    Call the doctor’s office and speak with the nurse or doctor about your symptoms.

    •  Should I be tested for HPV?

    If you are sexually active, you are at risk of exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV, or genital warts). Please discuss HPV testing with your doctor during your visit. When your Pap smear is performed the cells can be tested for HPV.

    •  Should I get the HPV vaccine?

    The HPV vaccine is recommended for adolescent girls who are not sexually active. Females who are sexually active may also benefit from the vaccine. The HPV vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women.

    •  What should I do if my partner has been diagnosed with genital warts?

    Call our office to schedule an appointment.

TEL: 904.819.9898

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: Closed

FOCUSING ON WOMEN'S HEALTH & WELLBEING

Anderson Gibbs Building 301 Health Park Blvd. Ste 219St. Augustine, FL 32086