Annual Well Woman Exam
Annual Well Woman pelvic exams and Pap smears are important in monitoring your gynecologic health and screening for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treating any disease and especially important for cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
Annual exams are recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18. During the exam, the doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. During a Pap smear, he or she will remove some tissue from the cervix to carefully examine as well. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.
Many women going through menopause suffer from a wide range of symptoms including irregular bleeding, hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, fatigue, depression and more. There are several treatment options available to help relieve these symptoms, and our doctors can help you decide which option is best for you.
Prescription medication with estrogen and progesterone, known as hormone replacement therapy, is a popular treatment for women to treat symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Patients can also seek treatment for their individual symptoms, and should maintain an active and healthy life to help feel their best.
PMS Counseling & Treatment
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are common conditions that are associated with symptoms related to menstrual periods and can include bloating, cramping, fatigue, moodiness, sleep irregularity and depression. PMS is often expected by most women, but symptoms of PMDD can and should be treated professionally. There is no official diagnosis of these conditions, but if they are affecting your ability to function in your everyday life, they can be considered serious. Chronic PMS and PMDD can be treated through a variety of solutions. Modifying behavior is often effective and includes exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, dealing with stress and not smoking. Birth control pills can often help reduce these symptoms. For PMDD, anti-depressants or counseling may be prescribed.
Contraception/Birth Control/Family Planning
Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a woman’s daily life. Talking with your doctor about which method is right for you is essential to successful protection for you and your partner. We will provide you with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Birth control methods have many different variables including frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness. It is important to take into consideration your life, age, health and previous experiences. The decision is ultimately yours, but using our knowledge and experience can help you make the right choice. See the current methods here.
HPV Testing & Prevention
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a type of virus that causes genital warts. There are more than 100 different kinds of HPV and some of them may increase the risk for cancer. While some types can cause genital warts, others will show no symptoms but can eventually lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina and anus. Contracted through sexual contact, the risk of catching HPV can be reduced by using latex condoms.
While there is no cure for HPV, treatment for the symptoms caused by HPV, such as genital warts, cervical changes and cervical cancer, is available.
STD Testing & Treatment
Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have no symptoms, so it is hard to know if you have been infected. Periodic testing is recommended for anyone with multiple sexual partners, even if they are having protected sex using condoms. It is important to ask your partner if they have or have ever had an STD. We offer safe and confidential STD testing and treatment.
If you are diagnosed with an STD, most can fortunately be treated effectively. Many, however, cannot be cured. Antibiotics are prescribed for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis and patients usually respond well. There is no cure for genital warts, but flare-ups can be shortened with antiviral medications. HIV also has no cure but can be treated with a combination of medications.
Infertility Testing & Treatment
Infertility can affect women (and men!) of all ages. It affects approximately 10% of the population and is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term AFTER 12 months of trying to conceive. Women over the age of 35 should be seen after 6 months of trying for pregnancy. There can be a single cause or multiple reasons for not being able to conceive. One third of infertility can be attributed to male factors, and about one third can be attributed to female factors. In about 20% of cases, infertility is unexplained, and the remaining 10% of infertility is caused by a combination of problems in both partners.
Our primary goal is to develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan based on your history, lab results, physical exam, and ultrasound. Once results are returned and evaluated, we can customize your care to acheive conception.
Barbara Faber, MD is our ‘in house’ infertility expert specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology since 1995.
Bladder Function Testing
The loss of bladder control, known as urinary incontinence, is extremely common for millions of people. It can often be embarrassing and frustrating. Urinary incontience is not a normal part of aging. It is not an inevitable consequence of childbirth or after menopause. Urinary incontinence is a medical condition that can have many different causes and treatments.
If you have a problem with urinary leaking or difficulty urinating, the first step is proper diagnosis is urodynamic testing. Urodynamics is the study of how the body stores and releases urine. Urodyamics tests help see how well your bladder and sphinter muscles work. It helps explain symptoms such as incontinence, frequent urination, sudden urges to urinate, problems starting a urine stream, painful urination, problems emptying your bladder completely, and recurrent urinary tract infections. This testing is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
Potassium Sensitivity Testing
Potassium Sensitivity Testing (PST) is peformed to help treat Interstitial Cystitis (IC). The bladder is irrigated with sterile solutions by using a small catheter. Many patients have relief of their symptoms after these treatments.
3D Genius Mammography
Camelback Women’s Health is proud to offer on-site state-of-the-art Genius 3D mammography. Patients now have the convenience of having their mammograms coordinated with their annual well woman exam, for added convenience.
Pelvic Floor Strengthening
ApexM and Apex are revolutionary devices used to help strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles using high and low frequencies.
The ApexM is directed to those who are suffering from stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence. The Apex is used for those suffering from stress urinary incontinence only. These devices are used in the comfort of your own home, with a customized muscle stimulation plan directed by your physician.
Both devices are FDA cleared and do not require medications or surgery.
You can read more about the Apex and ApexM at www.incontrolmedical.com.
Cancer Risk Screening
Cancer risk screening is a useful tool to provide you with information to understand your risk for certain genetically linked cancers. Knowing your risk factors in advance can prepare you for being proactive in the prevention of cancer. We will help you develop a personalized monitoring plan with particular focus if any specific genetic cancer mutations are found. Peace of mind is invaluable.
These informative cancer screening tests not only helpful if you have a strong family history of cancer, but are also especially useful for anyone who has little to no information regarding their family’s medical history (i.e. adoption, no relationship with maternal/paternal family, or older relatives do not know or cannot remember their family’s medical background).
We are currently screening for breast, ovarian, uterine/endometrial and colorectal cancers.
Not only will you receive invaluable results, you will also receive a consultation with a genetic counselor to answer any and all of your questions related to your risk factors.