Well Woman Exams
Annual well-woman exams are important to maintaining a happy, healthy life and preventing infection, disease or other abnormalities. A gynecological exam, breast exam and Pap smear are recommended each year for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18.
Contraception & Family Planning
Contraception is the strongest protection available for women who wish to have protected sex and are not looking to get pregnant. There are many contraception options available for women depending on their age, overall health and life. These options can be permanent or temporary and may be needed every time you have sex, every day, or just once. Some of these options are more effective than others, but it is up to you to decide which one is best for you.
Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have no symptoms, especially in women, 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. Condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against STDs. At Hercare Inc, we offer safe and confidential STD testing and treatment.
Depending on her age, a woman usually has a Pap smear every 1-3 years during a regular gynecological exam. The Pap smear detects cell changes or abnormalities which can lead to cervical cancer. Regular tests help monitor these changes and identify them as soon as they occur.
IUD Insertion & Removal
Intrauterine devices are a hassle-free method of birth control with few side effects. They can provide long-term effective protection against pregnancy. However, these devices require precision and care when leaving or entering your body to be fully effective, improper insertion of an IUD can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and other pelvic infections. IUDs should be inserted by a trained professional who will minimize your risk for complications.
Prenatal care is vital in ensuring the healthy growth and development of your baby. Regular visits to your health care provider aim to monitor your baby's progress and identify any potential problems before they become serious. Women who receive prenatal care have healthier babies and are less likely to deliver prematurely or have pregnancy-related problems.
Infertility evaluation for women involves a review of the patient's menstrual history and overall health, as well as a physical examination to assess the pelvic organs and identify any hormonal problems. Ultrasound or x-ray imaging may also be performed to further examine the uterus and Fallopian tubes for anything that may indicate difficulty conceiving.
Intrauterine insemination, also known as artificial insemination or IUI is a common solution to infertility. The male partner's sperm is artificially inseminated into the woman's uterine cavity in hopes of fertilizing an egg. A semen specimen is produced and then "washed" to separate the sperm from other components before being placed into the uterus.
Colposcopy is a procedure used to magnify certain areas of the body and help diagnose abnormalities. A vulvar colposcopy typically examines lesions on the vulva and is often used to identify cancer or HPV. The procedure is done with a colposcope, a microscope that can help identify malignant lesions on the vulva.
Myomectomy is a procedure that surgically removes fibroids, non-cancerous tumors of the uterus, and repairs the uterus for women who plan to bear children or want to keep their uterus. It is mainly for women who plan to bear children at a later age, when fibroid symptoms tend to occur.
A hysterectomy is a common procedure that removes the uterus and sometimes the Fallopian tubes and ovaries as well. It may be performed for many reasons including fibroid tumors on the uterus, and endometriosis. A laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is less invasive than a traditional open vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure done to examine the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and identify, diagnose or treat abnormalities. The procedure uses a viewing tool called a hysteroscope, which has a camera at the end, and is inserted into the vagina and moved through the cervix to see the uterus.