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Annual Gynecologic Evaluations

Your Path to Proactive Care Starts Here

We understand the importance of proactive care and early detection in maintaining optimal gynecologic health.

That’s why we proudly offer our comprehensive annual gynecologic evaluations, including essential screenings such as pelvic exams, pap smears, and breast cancer screenings at The North Texas Center for Women’s Health.

Our expert healthcare professionals utilize state-of-the-art technology and follow industry best practices to provide you with a thorough assessment of your gynecologic well-being. Don’t wait until symptoms arise or problems become more complex. Take control of your gynecologic health today.

Call us at (903) 893-1116 to schedule your Annual Gynecologic Evaluation and prioritize your well-being. Our dedicated team in Sherman, Texas is here to guide and empower you on your path to lifelong wellness.

Pelvic ExamsWhat it is

A pelvic exam, integral to women's healthcare, is performed by healthcare professionals to assess the reproductive organs' health. The procedure involves visual examination of external genitalia, insertion of a speculum to visualize the cervix for a Pap smear if necessary, and a manual examination to assess the uterus and ovaries. While the exam is generally brief and painless, some patients may experience mild discomfort or pressure. It is essential to communicate openly with your healthcare provider throughout the process, as they can adjust their technique to ensure your comfort.

Pelvic exams are an essential part of preventive care for women, enabling healthcare providers to identify potential gynecologic issues early on. Regular pelvic exams are recommended for women, starting from adolescence through different stages of life, as they play a crucial role in maintaining overall gynecologic health.

Pap SmearsWhat it is

Regular Pap smears are crucial for early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. By identifying abnormal changes in the cervix cells early on, healthcare providers can intervene and provide appropriate treatment if necessary. Detecting cervical cancer at an early stage significantly increases the chances of successful treatment outcomes.

How it works

A Pap smear, also known as a Pap, is a screening procedure performed by healthcare professionals to detect any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.

During a Pap smear, a small brush or spatula is used to gently collect cell samples from the surface of the cervix. These samples are then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Skilled technicians examine the cells under a microscope, looking for any abnormalities or early signs of cervical cancer.

Breast cancer screeningWhat it is

Breast cancer screening refers to the process of detecting breast cancer at its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms occur. It is an essential component of women's healthcare and plays a crucial role in improving treatment outcomes and survival rates.

How it works

Early detection through regular breast cancer screening significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and better outcomes. There are several methods used for breast cancer screening, including mammography, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams.

Mammography

Mammography is the most common screening tool and involves taking X-ray images of the breasts. It can detect small changes or abnormalities in breast tissue that may indicate the presence of cancerous cells.

Clinical breast exams

Clinical breast exams are performed by healthcare professionals, who carefully examine the breasts and surrounding areas for any signs of lumps, changes in texture, or other abnormalities. Regular clinical breast exams allow for early detection and further evaluation if any concerning findings are discovered.

Breast self-exams

Breast self-exams are examinations performed by individuals themselves to look and feel for any changes or abnormalities in their breasts. While breast self-exams are not a replacement for professional screening methods, they serve as an additional tool for early detection and help individuals become familiar with their own breast tissue, making it easier to identify any changes that may require medical attention.

Take a proactive approach to your breast health by scheduling your screening with The North Texas Center for Women’s Health today.

Bacterial Vaginosis/Yeast InfectionsWhat it is

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections are two common conditions that affect the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is a condition caused by an imbalance in the natural bacteria found in the vagina. Normally, there's a balance between "good" bacteria (lactobacilli) and "bad" bacteria (anaerobes). When this balance is disrupted, and there's an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria, it can lead to BV. Symptoms can include unusual vaginal discharge with a fishy odor, especially after sex, and sometimes vaginal itching or burning. However, many women with BV don't experience any symptoms. BV is typically treated with antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider.

On the other hand, a yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida. This fungus is usually present in small amounts in the vagina, along with bacteria. However, when the balance between yeast and bacteria is disrupted, it can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, causing a yeast infection. Common symptoms include itching, redness, swelling of the vagina and vulva, pain during sex, a burning sensation when urinating, and a thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge. Treatment usually involves antifungal medications, which can be creams, ointments, tablets, or suppositories that are inserted into the vagina.

How treatment works

We understand that navigating health issues like BV and yeast infections can be challenging, but rest assured, you're not alone.

Screening is the first crucial step toward accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. It involves a straightforward process that provides valuable information about your health. For BV, our healthcare team will conduct a pelvic examination and may take a sample of vaginal discharge for laboratory tests. This allows us to analyze the sample under a microscope or test it for bacteria. Similarly, for a yeast infection, we'll conduct a pelvic exam and may collect a small sample of vaginal discharge. This sample is then examined under a high-power microscope to detect any presence of yeast. While these procedures might sound daunting, they are conducted with utmost care and usually cause minimal discomfort.

Once we have a clear diagnosis, we can move forward with a targeted treatment plan. BV is typically treated with prescribed antibiotics, either in pill form or as a topical cream or gel for vaginal application. Despite any early improvement in symptoms, it's important to complete the full course of treatment to ensure the infection is completely cleared and to minimize the chance of recurrence. On the other hand, yeast infections are combated with antifungal medication, which could be creams, ointments, tablets, or suppositories. As with BV, following through with the entire treatment plan is key to fully clearing the infection and reducing the risk of it returning.

Sexual Health ConcernsWhat it is

Your sexual health is an integral part of your overall wellness, and we understand that discussing such matters can sometimes feel sensitive or challenging. We're here to provide a safe, respectful environment where your concerns are heard and addressed with empathy and expertise.

Sexual health concerns can encompass a variety of issues, including but not limited to, changes in libido, discomfort during intercourse, concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and questions about contraceptive options. These issues can affect anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle, and it's crucial to remember that you're not alone in facing them.

Annual Gynecologic Evaluations

Frequently asked questions

While discomfort may vary from person to person, these screenings are generally brief and well-tolerated. Open communication with your healthcare provider is crucial, as they can take steps to ensure your comfort during the procedures.

The recommended frequency for Pap smears may vary depending on factors such as age, medical history, and risk factors. Generally, women between the ages of 21 and 65 should undergo a Pap smear every three years. However, it is important to call our office for personalized recommendations.

The recommended frequency for breast cancer screenings may vary depending on factors such as age, family history, and personal risk factors. Generally, women between the ages of 40 and 54 should have a mammogram every one to two years. Women aged 55 and older can continue with yearly mammograms or transition to every two years. It is essential to book an appointment to discuss the appropriate screening schedule for your needs.

If left untreated, BV can increase your risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and complications during pregnancy.

Yes, even after successful treatment, BV can recur. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have concerns about BV, it’s best to Call us at (903) 893-1116 to schedule an evaluation.

If left untreated, a severe yeast infection can lead to complications such as the spread of the infection to other parts of the body. Pregnant women with yeast infections may also have an increased risk of preterm birth.

Preventing a yeast infection involves maintaining the natural balance of yeast and bacteria in the vagina. This can be done by avoiding the prolonged use of antibiotics, wearing breathable underwear, avoiding douching, and maintaining good overall health.

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