Dothan, AL Gynecologist
Our team at Women's Medical Center is dedicated to providing women the care and information needed to enjoy good health during every phase of life. Routine gynecological exams are an important part of your wellness plan. These visits to our Dothan, AL Gynecologist not only allow us to screen for breast and gynecological cancers, but to answer your questions about a myriad of other health concerns specific to women.
Gynecology is the branch of medicine that deals with diseases and disorders of the female reproductive system. Typically, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that young women have their first visit with a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15, or when they become sexually active, whichever comes first.
By visiting a gynecologist you are taking responsibility for your body. A gynecologist will provide preventive screenings and annual exams, provide family planning counsel and diagnose and treat pelvic disorders and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Additionally, a gynecologist can perform surgeries, such as hysterectomies and mastectomies, as well as laparoscopic surgical procedures to remove uterine fibroids and cysts.
Gynecology also involves performing regular breast exams, mammograms and pap smears to ensure your health. Fertility problems are also treated, as well as contraception. A gynecologist will usually confirm that a woman is pregnant and then refer her to an obstetrician.
It is important to visit your gynecologist each year to ensure your health. If a problem is shown, your gynecologist will be able to properly diagnose and treat your condition.
The following topics are common sources of concern for women, and are frequently discussed during the annual gynecological exam:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, and is the second most common cause of cancer death among women. Therefore, screening for the disease is essential for early detection and treatment. Your physician at Women's Medical Center will perform a breast exam during your gynecological exam, and can help you schedule a mammogram, as well. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that all women age 40 and older receive a mammogram annually. For more information on breast cancer screening and treatment visit the ACS Breast Cancer information page.
Birth Control Options
No single method of birth control is right for every woman. Fortunately, the choices grow continually with the introducÂtion of new contraceptives to the market. Your physician at Women's Medical Center can help you compare the options available and make the best choice for you, based upon your health and family planning goals. Additionally, you may find that your needs in this area change over time. Your doctor can help you through these transitions and offer helpful advice along the way.
During mid-life most women experience menopause, or the cessation of their child-bearing years. With this transition comes a variety of physical and emotional symptoms which vary greatly from woman to woman. Your physician can help you understand the changes your body is going through and offer suggestions and therapies to alleviate any unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause.
You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of menopause from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).
All men and women experience a small degree of bone loss after age 35. However, women are more susceptible to excessive bone loss or osteoporosis during and after menopause. The reason is that the body produces much less estrogen, which prevents bone loss, during this phase of life.
At Women's Medical Center, P.C., we can help detect and treat osteoporosis, and offer lifestyle and nutritional advice to slow its progression. ACOG offers more information about detecting and treating osteoporosis online.