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Women’s Gynecology Services 

Our Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and physicians provide a full range care for women at all stages of their lives.  From the onset of menstruation through the challenges of perimenopause and menopause we they are here to help. Our care includes treatment and counseling  for:

  • Abnormal and irregular bleeding concerns
  • Breast concerns and mammogram referrals
  • Contraceptive options
  • Genetic testing for those at risk for certain cancers
  • Options for managing the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause
  • Pap smears
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Sexual transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Vaginal and vulvar abnormalities

Gynecologists: When to Visit and What to Expect

Gynecologists can treat girls or women at any age. We at Peak Vista recommend starting to visit a gynecologist from the age of 13 to 15 years. A visit to the gynecologist is recommended for annual screening and any time a woman has concerns about symptoms such as pelvic, vulvar, and vaginal pain or abnormal bleeding from the uterus.
Building up a relationship with a women’s doctor enables a girl or woman to be more comfortable asking questions about menstruation, sexuality and so on. It also gives the doctor a chance to guide a woman’s overall welfare in the long term, through counseling on important health and lifestyle issues.

There are many different reasons for visiting a gynecologist. If it is a young woman’s first visit, she may just have a chat with the doctor, get some general health information, and find out what to expect in the future. If it’s for recurring patient, it could be for annual checkup, to get more information on a specific situation, etc.

At any visit with the gynecologist, it is worth remembering:

  • A gynecological examination, including a pap smear, may be uncomfortable, but it is not usually painful.
  • If you have a period when the appointment is scheduled, you can still go ahead with the visit, but it may be better to postpone, unless you have symptoms that need urgent attention.
  • A patient can ask to have someone with them at the visit, either in the room or outside the door.