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Conditions Treated by Gynecologists

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious infection of the female reproductive organs. These include the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. PID can cause scar tissue to form in the pelvis and fallopian tubes. This damage may result in Infertility In Women , a future Ectopic Pregnancy , or chronic pelvic pain.

Miscarriage refers to the premature end of a pregnancy before the developing baby is able to survive outside the womb. Miscarriage can occur during the first or second trimester, before 20 weeks. Most occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and most miscarriages are unexpected and isolated events. About 15%-20% of recognized pregnancies end this way.

Ectopic Pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that grows in a location other than the lining of the uterus. Most ectopic pregnancies (95%) occur within a fallopian tube. Rare locations include on the cervix, in the abdomen, or on an ovary. An ectopic pregnancy cannot survive because only the uterus can support the growth of a fetus and its placenta. If an ectopic pregnancy bursts a fallopian tube, it is a medical emergency that threatens the life of the mother due to hemorrhage in the abdomen. Ectopic pregnancies occur with a frequency of 1 in 100-200 diagnosed pregnancies.

Menopause is the natural end to menstruation (monthly periods). Most American women experience this around the age of 50. However, some women can experience menopause as early as 40 years old or as late as 60 years old. If menopause occurs prior to age 40, this is thought to be abnormal and is called premature menopause.

Menstrual Disorders
Menstrual disorders consist of changes in the normal menstruation process.

Normal Menstruation Menorrhagia Amenorrhea Other Types of Abnormal Bleeding Menstrual Flow

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a disorder marked by physical and behavioral symptoms that occur in a cyclical pattern. They appear a week or two before an expected menstrual period and improve with the onset of menses. The nature and severity of symptoms vary. If your symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily activities, you may want to seek treatment.

Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast. Normally, the cells of the breast divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms. This mass is called a tumor. A tumor can be benign or malignant.

In Her Own Words: Living With Menopause

In Her Own Words: Living With Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premature Birth
The normal gestation period for humans is about 40 weeks. Some babies are born before 40 weeks. Any birth that occurs more than three weeks before the due date, or before 37 weeks, is defined as a premature birth.

Gynecologist Frequently Asked Questions

What Conditions does a Gynecologist Treat?

A gynecologist specializes in issues regarding a woman's reproductive system.They can treat conditions including endometriosis, fibroids, heavy and abnormal menstrual bleeding, hirsutism, irregular menstruation, menopause, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), pelvic pain, pre-cancerous and cancerous abnormalities, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), sexually-transmitted diseases, stress incontinence, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, vaginal yeast infection, and vulvodynia.

What Procedures do Gynecologists Perform?

A gynecologist may perform a colposcopy, cyrosurgery, LEEP procedure, hysteroscopy, pelvic laparoscopy, dilation and curettage (D&C), and hysterectomy.

When Should I See a Gynecologist?

Many doctors will recommend that most adult women see a gynecologist at least once a year. An annual gynecologic exam screens not just for cervical cancer, but also for cancer of the breast, uterus and colon. If you have any pain or discomfort in the vaginal area or your menstrual cycle changes it is recommended that you see a gynecologist as soon as possible. A woman who is pregnant should see a gynecologist as early as possible and on a regular basis throughout the pregnancy.

What Should I Consider When Choosing a Gynecologist?

When selecting a local gynecologist, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • Are you Board Certified?
  • Do you use electronic medical records?
  • Do you deliver babies?
  • Which hospitals are you affiliated with?
  • If I notice a problem, how quickly can I get an appointment?
  • Do you offer evening or weekend hours?
  • Will I be seeing you or an assistant when I visit?
  • Does the doctor specialize in any specific area?
  • Do you have patient references available?
  • How often do you recommend I visit?
  • What are your views about recommending alternative, complementary or integrative medical approaches?

Finding a Gynecologist

Start your search right here on Find local gynecologists near you, read reviews from other users, view ratings, or compare other important information. You can also ask friends, colleagues, or other people you know for a recommendation. You may also call your state's board to see if the gynecologist is licensed or has any complaints against them. Another resource to check is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and you can research a physician's history of lawsuits and disciplinary actions through the National Practice Data Bank-Health Care Integrity and Protection Data Bank.