Routine Gynecological Services Questions and Answers
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Women’s health is incredibly important, for many different reasons: women have sensitive and intricate reproductive systems; women are often the primary care provider of children and women go through many changes throughout their lives. One of the most important aspects of women’s health is reproductive or sexual health, which can play a large role in a woman’s quality of life. A big part of maintaining reproductive health is preventative screenings, such as gynecological exams and other services. These services can help women prevent a wide number of illnesses, diseases and medical conditions, and help them live a better quality of life.
What does a routine gynecological exam consist of?
A routine gynecological exam consists of several parts, including:
- Collecting a comprehensive medical history, including family history
- Measuring vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, height and weight
- Patient-practitioner discussions about:
- pregnancy history
- sexual activity
- contraception needs
- history of GYN problems
- history of GYN surgeries
- any current symptoms
- how to improve health
- A physical exam to:
- listen to the heart and lungs
- feel the thyroid gland
- feel the abdomen
- A breast exam which checks for any abnormalities or changes
- A pelvic exam, which consists of three parts:
- an external examination of the vulva
- an internal examination of the vagina and cervix with a speculum
- an examination of the uterus and ovaries
During the speculum exam, a Pap smear may be performed, a procedure that gently collects cells from the cervix which is then sent to the laboratory for examination. The exam will also focus on evaluating any current symptoms, which can be addressed with the introduction of treatment options.
What is gynecological care?
Gynecological care is the care provided to females for their reproductive and sexual health. This includes services such as:
- Pelvic exams
- Pap tests
- Cancer screenings
- Testing and treatment for vaginal infections
They also diagnose and treat a wide number of reproductive system disorders, including pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and infertility.
What are gynecological problems?
Common gynecological problems include:
- Heavy Periods or Abnormal Bleeding — This includes periods that last for more than seven days, or heavy flow that interferes with normal lifestyle and activities
- Pelvic Pain — There are many forms of pelvic pain ranging from mild and temporary to severe and persistent, and can affect many different areas. It has a wide range of causes, including menstrual cramps, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Uterine Fibroids — These benign, noncancerous growths occur in almost 1 in 4 women, most commonly between the ages of 30 and 49.
- Endometriosis — This occurs when the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, sheds and tissues end up outside of the uterus, commonly in the abdomen.
- Vaginal Discharge — Clear or cloudy white vaginal discharge is normal, and promotes the health of the vagina. However, if it has an odious odor or unusual color, it could indicate an infection or other problem.
What are the symptoms of gynecological diseases?
Symptoms of gynecological diseases include the following:
- Bleeding between periods
- Frequent and urgent need to urinate
- Burning sensation during urination
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding after menopause
- Pain or pressure in the pelvis (not caused by menstrual cramps)
- Vaginal itching, burning, swelling, redness, or soreness
- Sores or lumps in the genital area
- Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
- Increased vaginal discharge
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should address a healthcare professional right away. These symptoms can indicate a medical situation that can develop into serious complications if not treated.
For routine gynecological services that you can trust, come to Dr. Richard Beyerlein. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in women’s health and can help you improve your reproductive and sexual health for a better quality of life. Call us today to book an appointment for gynecological services, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 10 Coburg Road Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401. Our women’s health clinic is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Eugene OR, Springfield OR, Coburg OR, Creswell OR, Cottage Grove OR, Lowell OR, and Junction City OR.
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