Learn About GYN Surgical Procedures From A GYN Surgical Specialist.

Learn About GYN Surgical Procedures From A GYN Surgical Specialist.

Women’s health has long taken a backseat to men’s health–as far as research and overarching conversations go. In particular, women’s sexual health (including gynecological issues) is drastically understudied compared to their male counterparts. 

This is likely a result of systemic blindspots and biases. Women are also psychologically conditioned to self-sacrifice, putting our needs on the back burner for the benefit of others.

Perhaps, another reason for this lack of research is that women live longer than men. Thus, it’s assumed we have a leg up–so why prioritize our health and wellness needs?

A lack of willingness to discuss gynecological health could result from a deeply ingrained modesty. It’s often enforced into our minds that being modest is virtuous, and talking openly about these more intimate issues is untoward.

The paradigm surrounding women and their gynecological health must shift for these boundaries to be hurdled.   

This paradigm shift includes making more resources available regarding gynecological health and wellness. As GYN surgical specialists, we want to educate any woman looking to gain insights into GYN surgical procedures. 


Why Would You Need To Work With A GYN Surgeon?

While we don’t have access to more recent global numbers, there were 86.5 million OB/GYN surgery procedures worldwide in 2017. Remember that this number isn’t accounting for the 10 million women in the US who can’t receive related care due to insurance-based and financial boundaries. Additionally, many countries don’t provide seamless access to OB/GYN treatments. 

The number of women needing to work with gynecological surgery specialists vastly exceeds those who actually receive such care. 

We’ll say it loud for all women to hear: your gynecological health demands your attention. Do everything possible to overcome hurdles and receive the care you need and deserve.

Why is gynecological care so crucial?

Conditions such as cervical cancer, the human papillomavirus (HPV), and breast cancer don’t necessarily show signs or symptoms until it’s too late. 

Screening for these conditions with frequent GYN tests and exams helps you catch them in their infancy, allowing for the most effective treatments. Your gynecologist (who specializes in diagnosing and treating female reproductive system diseases) would do these tests. 

A GYN test might indicate you require a more intensive procedure. The doctor could detect fibroids (benign tumors), endometriosis, cancer, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease,  abnormal bleeding, uterine prolapse, etc. The presence of any one of these issues could mean a patient needs to work with gynecological surgeons. 

You’d likely be referred to a GYN surgical specialist if any of the above issues are present.

What Falls Under The GYN Surgical Specialist Umbrella?

Gynecological surgery specialists focus on any surgical procedure incorporating the female pelvic region’s organs and structure. This list of organs and structures includes the following:

  • Uterus.
  • Cervix.
  • Ovaries.
  • Vagina.
  • Vulva.
  • Fallopian tubes. 

Much of the time, working with a GYN surgical specialist is a preventative measure. Undergoing a procedure to mitigate a potential red flag will pay dividends to your quality of life as the years go by.

How Are Gynecological Surgical Procedures Performed?

A GYN surgical specialist typically performs gynecological surgical procedures in the following three manners:

  • Open Surgery:
  • A GYN surgeon makes an incision into the patient’s belly.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery:
    • Four to six tiny incisions are made in the patient’s abdomen. 
    • Then, the GYN surgical specialist will insert a camera and surgical instruments through the incisions to perform the procedure.
  • Vaginal Approach:
    • A GYN surgeon will perform the surgery through the patient’s vaginal opening. 

How Often Do You Need To Receive GYN Exams?

There is no overstating the value of catching gynecological red flags before they manifest into something more harmful. Thus, regularly-scheduled GYN exams are ideal for all women, starting between the ages of 13 and 16. 

What do we mean by regularly scheduled? 

Fortunately, all it typically takes to stay on top of your gynecological health is one annual exam. That said, checkups would be more frequent if you’re dealing with or recovering from a GYN-related condition or disease. 

Keeping up with your scheduled GYN exams will limit the chances of needing surgery. Even if an issue requires the expert hands of a GYN surgeon, you increase the likelihood of the procedure being minor through regularly scheduled GYN exams. 

What To Expect During Your GYN Exam.

Your GYN care provider will ask you about your medical and family history during your exam. They’ll assess your vital signs (e.g., heart rate, height, weight, and blood pressure).

Your care provider will also ask you about the following:

  • Pregnancy history.
  • Periods.
  • Sexual activity. 
  • GYN-related disease history.
  • GYN surgery history.
  • Contraception needs.
  • Potential current symptoms. 

You’ll then receive a pelvic exam. This includes an external vulva examination and an internal vagina and cervix examination (using a speculum). You’ll also undergo a uterus and ovary exam. 

Speculum exams often include a Pap smear–which entails brushing your cervix cells, which are later examined in a laboratory. 

Topics such as lifestyle changes, vaccinations, and screening tests will also be discussed. These suggestions will be made based on age and any potential risk factors. 

What Issues Should You Discuss With Your GYN Care Provider?

You can really ask your GYN provider anything. They’re not specialized in all aspects of healthcare, but they are medical experts and can still provide pivotal insights.

Specifically, though, the following symptoms/warning signs should be immediately brought to the attention of your GYN specialist:

  • Missed periods.
  • Heavy periods.
  • Bleeding in between periods.
  • Abnormal bleeding.
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse.
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Bloating. 
  • Questionable vaginal discharge.
  • Bowel movement problems.
  • Issues with passing urine.
  • Signs of menopause.
  • Vulvar changes.
  • Breast-related concerns (e.g., lumps, puckering, nipple discharge, or pain). 

Preparing For GYN Surgery.

Preparing for GYN Surgery

Are you about to undergo GYN surgery? 

It will help you know what to expect after your procedure. This way, you can emotionally prepare yourself for what’s to come. 

We’ll point out that GYN procedures vary, but this is a more generalized guide. Your care provider will give you a specific breakdown of what to expect based on your unique circumstances.

Using The Bathroom Right After Surgery.

A nurse typically monitors your bowel and bladder function post-surgery. A catheter may be placed in your bladder to drain urine during or prior to surgery.

Catheters will be removed within 24 hours following your surgery–although your surgeon might suggest otherwise.

Vaginal Packing.

Once the surgery is complete, a type of gauze–known as vaginal packing–might be used to reduce your bleeding. It resembles a large tampon and will be removed by the time you’re headed home.


Patients undergoing a laparoscopic procedure will have three to six small incisions in their bellies. Usually, they’re covered with sterilized strips.

Those who undergo open procedures will have their incisions dressed in gauze for the proceeding 48 hours after surgery. After this period, dressings are removed, and all incisions are left open if there’s no drainage. The nurse will explain and teach home care for the incisions.

Vaginal Discharge.

Vaginal discharge or spotting is common following a GYN surgery. Don’t be surprised if this symptom lasts four to six weeks after your procedure date. 

The discharge could be reddish-brown, pinkish, or red, emitting a moderate odor. 

Use pads and change them every four hours–at a minimum–for optimal drainage. 

Don’t put anything in your vagina–including tampons–until your doctor tells you it’s safe to do otherwise.  

Sexual Activity.

Patients working with a GYN surgeon may have to avoid having sexual intercourse or putting anything in their vaginas for up to two months after surgery (or when your doctor tells you it’s okay). The use of this healing measure depends on what procedure you have. 

Your body needs to heal, and intercourse could hamper your recovery. However, you might be able to resume other sexual activities before you’re fully recovered. Talk to your care provider if you have questions on this matter.


Your body can experience a plethora of changes post-surgery. It’s entirely normal to feel mixed emotions about these changes. 

Speak with your gynecological care provider if you’re worried about your ability to manage post-surgery emotions. 

Patients whose ovaries are removed might experience surgically-induced menopause (if they haven’t already gone through menopause). This reaction can lead to hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, etc. 

Patients who experience surgically-induced menopause should discuss symptom management with their care provider.

Call 911 If These Symptoms Present Themselves:

GYN surgeons are highly skilled, and available surgical technology makes procedures safer than ever. Nonetheless, surgery will always come with the risk of complications.

Provided you experience any of the symptoms below after your GYN surgery, call 911:

  • Chest discomfort with shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, or faintness.
  • Fainting spells.
  • Bright red blood in urine or stool.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Shortness of breath that worsens and you can’t relive through rest.
  • Sudden issues arise with general coordination, walking, or speaking. 

Reach Out To Your GYN Surgical Specialist If You Experience These Symptoms:

Inform your GYN surgeon ASAP if you experience any of the following symptoms after your surgery:

  • The vagina is producing a foul-smelling discharge.
  • Vaginal bleeding requires the need for more than one sanitary pad every hour.
  • Vaginal blood is bright red. 
  • Your urine smells foul.
  • Burning during urination. 
  • General trouble with urination. 
  • Severe abdominal pain or bloating. 
  • Drainage from the incision is persistent or changes in appearance/color (e.g., it turns yellow or green).
  • Medication isn’t relieving pain. 
  • Redness, tenderness, or warmth is increasing around the surgery site. 
  • Dressing or tape is causing blisters or other irritation.
  • A spike in fever (39˚ Celsius/102.2˚ Fahrenheit or greater) with or without body chills or shakes. 
  • A high-grade fever (38.5˚ Celsius/101.3˚ Fahrenheit and above) persists for two days-plus. 
  • Swelling and pain develop in the calves. 

Your GYN surgeon won’t always be available. In this instance, you can either:

  • Visit a walk-in medical practice.
  • Contact your family doctor.
  • Got to the ER (if the clinic is closed). 

Is Gynecological Surgery Safe?

Around four million gynecological surgeries are performed annually in the US. Many related procedures are routine and are completed with zero complications.

Still, all surgery comes with risk. Those risks are more prevalent as the severity of the surgery increases. This is one of the reasons it’s crucial to catch warning signs of GYN-related health issues early. Even if you need to undergo a procedure with a GYN surgical specialist, the risks for complications will be minimal if the problem is discovered in its infancy.

Examples of complications that can occur after gynecological surgery are as follows:

  • Infection.
  • Hemorrhage.
  • Thromboembolism.
  • Visceral damage. 

There are two crucial aspects of women’s health and wellness:

  1. Proactivity in optimizing your well-being and preventing issues.
  2. Finding the best care provider to help you achieve your health-related goals.

Part of being proactive with your reproductive health is educating yourself on potential risks and measures you can take to prevent those risks.

You’ve begun–or are continuing–your learning process by reading this page. You can take it one step further by reading about the other specialty surgeries we perform at the Fibroid And Pelvice Wellness Center

Or, contact us directly if you prefer your questions answered in a more personalized setting.

Specialty Gynecological Surgeries.

Specialty Gyno Surgeries

Read on as we discuss some of the specialty gynecological procedures performed at the Fibroid And Pelvic Wellness Center.

Robotic Surgeries.

We’ll start with the clear benefits of robotic GYN surgeries:

  • Major surgeries can be performed through tiny incisions.
  • Related procedures provide a definitive treatment while offering the potential for significant pain reduction.
  • Hospital stays are typically shorter after undergoing this type of surgery.
  • Minimal blood loss. 
  • Reduced scarring.
  • Recovery times are usually shorter.
  • This technique is often conducive to better surgical outcomes. 

Robotic surgeries often neutralize the challenges of open and laparoscopic surgeries.

Dr. Hawkins, a GYN surgical specialist at our clinic, uses the da Vinci® Surgical System. She has honed her robotic skills alongside world-renowned da Vinci surgeons, developing her proficiency in the following robotic surgeries:

  • Myomectomies (fibroid removal).
  • Hysterectomies.
  • Various ovarian procedures

Another GYN surgeons at our clinic, Dr. Davis and Dr. De, is robotically trained to provide robotics-assisted laparoscopic surgeries. 

Note that the da Vinci Surgical System doesn’t operate or make its own decisions. Each surgical maneuver it performs is dictated by a GYN surgical specialist. 

Endometriosis Resection.

Endometriosis causes the tissue (i.e., the endometrium) within the uterus lining to grow outside the uterus. This disorder can cause severe pain and discomfort. It can adversely impact your bowels, ovaries, or peritoneum (pelvis’s tissue lining). 

Although it’s rare, endometriosis can spread beyond your pelvic region. 

Dr. Davis’s and Dr. Hawkins’ surgical technique to treat endometriosis revolves around excising the endometriosis implants. 


Hysterectomies may involve surgically removing the uterus and–frequently–the cervix. 

Patients may require a hysterectomy for the following diseases or conditions:

  • Uterine Prolapse:
    • This occurs when the uterus sinks or moves downward from its normal position in the vagina.
  • Fibroid Tumors:
    • These tumors are non-cancerous but can cause pain and pressure in the pelvic region. 
    • Fibroid tumors can also cause painful intercourse, abdominal distortion, heavy bleeding, and many other symptoms.
  • Uterus Or Cervical Cancer:
    • Gynecologic oncologists (surgical specialists with expertise in cancer) related procedures are often required to operate on patients with these conditions. 

Additionally, hysterectomies might be necessary for treating endometriosis. 

While ovaries might need to be removed during a hysterectomy, it’s not necessarily required. Fallopian tubes will be removed with the uterus, though, since they serve no function without it. 

Hysterectomies are performed through the following surgical approaches at our clinic:

  • Total laparoscopic hysterectomy.
  • Totally vaginal hysterectomy.
  • Total abdominal hysterectomy.
  • Robotic hysterectomy.

Myomectomy (Fibroid Removal).

During a myomectomy, your GYN surgeon will remove one (or multiple) fibroids (leiomyoma). 

Your GYN surgeon will perform this procedure by making an incision in the uterus’s skin, lining, or muscle. This is done to dissect the fibroid from its attachment within the uterine.  

The uterus will be reconstructed from there to preserve its reproductive potential and general functionality. 

Oophorectomy (Ovarian Removal).

Typically, one or both ovaries will be removed via laparoscopy during an oophorectomy. 

A patient’s ovaries might need to be removed for several reasons, such as:

  • Severe endometriosis causing persistent pain.
  • Complex ovarian cysts.
  • Malignancy prevention for women at increased risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Concerns about existent malignancy. 

Learn More By Visiting Our GYN Specialty Surgery Page.

There are two crucial aspects of women’s health and wellness:

  1. Proactivity in optimizing your well-being and preventing issues.
  2. Finding the best care provider to help you achieve your health-related goals.

Part of being proactive with your reproductive health is educating yourself on potential risks and measures you can take to prevent those risks.

You’ve begun–or are continuing–your learning process by reading this page. You can take it one step further by reading about the other specialty surgeries we perform at the Fibroid And Pelvic Wellness Center

Or, contact us directly if you prefer your questions answered in a more personalized setting.

Well Women Exam

How Often Should You Have A Well-Woman Exam To Prevent Cervical Cancer And Breast Cancer (And For Mental Health And General Well-Being)?


Have you yet to undergo a well-woman exam?

If so, that’s okay! We’re not here to judge. You may be dealing with any number of boundaries and hurdles preventing you from receiving this type of care.

We are here to inform you, though. Receiving a well-woman exam is a highly beneficial component of any woman’s healthcare and wellness regimen.

Read on as we take a deep dive into this topic:

It’s Time For Women To Put Their Health First

The term “sacrifice” will always be associated with women.

Society has always made us feel like we need to put everyone before ourselves. Whether we have partners or children, they always come first, and we’re a distant last.

This behavior is ingrained in us from a young age and does not always serve us well.
Our long-term quality of life depends on putting ourselves first. This starts with prioritizing our health and wellness.

Why is it vital for women to focus on themselves and their long-term well-being?

For one, breast cancer is diagnosed in approximately 264,000 women yearly in the US. Moreover, around 13,960 cases of invasive cervical cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year.

These risk factors are only the tip of the iceberg of why women must mind their overall health and wellness.

What steps can you take to prioritize your sustained well-being?

As women, we can formulate and adhere to many positive habits and behaviors to increase our life expectancy and bolster our quality of life.

One of those positive, wellness-focused habits is attending a regularly scheduled well-woman exam.

What Is A Well-Women’s Exam?


Are you wondering, “what is a well-woman exam?” We hope you are! Seeking answers surrounding medical procedures and approaches best helps us plan our healthcare regimens.

Well-woman visits (or exams) go beyond the confines of your standard physical exam with a primary care physician or family doctor.

A well-woman exam is a women’s health exam that screens for issues like cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.

These exams are run by a women’s health specialist, who’s meant to be your partner in enhancing your wellness and quality of life. This approach can starkly contrast with many primary care physicians who may present themselves as authority figures.

Frequent visits to see a specialist focus on preventative care. Yet, these visits are about more than screening for and detecting health-based abnormalities. Your women’s health specialist can also help you manage life’s many other nuances.

With the above sentiments in mind, your general well-woman visit checklist will often entail the following aspects:

  • Fertility questions.
  • Hormonal queries.
  • Contraception choices.
  • Emotional well-being (or mental health).
  • Sexual wellness.
  • Sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs and STDs).
  • General relationship health.
  • Menstruation concerns.

External factors beyond the body’s physical functions can influence women’s health and wellness. Thus, your well-woman practitioner won’t only focus on the mechanical elements of your health. Instead, the approach will be more intuitive and attuned to the comings and goings of your daily life (e.g., the health of your relationships).

The well-woman exam approach is holistic. Yes, specialists often prescribe treatments to offset a given problem. However, the philosophy is more comprehensive and focused on helping women become more well-rounded and whole.

Why Is A Women’s Health Exam Necessary? 

We understand why you may want to leave your overall health and wellness in the hands of your primary care physician. Undoubtedly, they’re skilled practitioners themselves, who’ve likely helped you through illnesses and other forms of medical strife.

Nonetheless, a general physician’s scope is limited. They often aren’t specialized in the intricate medical needs of women.

The healthcare landscape is continually shifting and growing in complexity. As such, relying solely on a primary care physician won’t offer the nuanced level of care that a woman requires.

Women often require the specialized care of an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN). Although, women’s health specialists (and well-woman exam providers) can be nurse practitioners or midwives.

Factors such as maternal, reproductive, and mental health all call for women to receive more personalized, focused care. Furthermore, challenges facing women (e.g., we are more prone to domestic violence) make a well-woman exam integral to your long-term physical and mental health.

How Is A Women’s Health Exam Different From A Physical?

There are commonalities between an annual physical and a well-woman exam. They both monitor your current state of health to obtain insights about various risk factors for specific conditions and concerns.

However, a women’s health exam will examine different issues than your primary care doctor.

Here’s a helpful way to look at it: Your primary care physician is your first layer of healthcare. Your well-woman specialist digs deeper into your various risk factors and daily living.

As such, a primary care physician will check for high blood pressure, unusual moles, high cholesterol, etc.

This type of treatment is essential to the most well-rounded quality of life. A standard physical exam can catch potentially life-altering illnesses in their infancy and mitigate their impact.

All the same, a primary care physician isn’t necessarily equipped to advise you on contraception options. Nor are they specifically trained in treating menstrual cycle changes or addressing reproductive health concerns. They also aren’t always adept at dealing with red flags for domestic violence. These are women’s health specialists’ areas of expertise.

How Frequently Should You Receive A Women’s Health Exam? 

How Often Should You Receive A Women's Health Exam

A women’s health exam or well-woman exam is typically scheduled, performed, and undergone annually. 

This is good news. Most women have busy lives that can present many boundaries when planning a well-woman exam. However, finding one day per year for a women’s health exam is possible for even the busiest mother, professional, student, etc.

Regardless, not everybody is the same. You may need more frequent exams depending on your women’s health-based requirements.

The Importance of Rapport With A Women’s Health Specialist.

An OB-GYN, nurse practitioner, or midwife will perform your well-woman exam. The relationship and rapport you develop with these specialists can be vital to your long-term well-being.

You establish a crucial element of your healthcare support system by cultivating a connection with your women’s health specialist. They’ll be an essential pillar if you run into related medical issues down the line.

Why are comfort levels with an OB-GYN, midwife, or nurse practitioner so essential?

The answer is simple. Talking about issues “down there” isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Rapport with a women’s health specialist removes prohibitive layers of discomfort to help you talk uninhibitedly about sensitive problems.

Discussing topics such as reproductive wishes, sexual health, and abnormal discharge can stifle the best of us. Yet, these elements of your life should be addressed. Thus, frequent check-ins with a trusted specialist will continue to harness comfort levels conducive to optimal health and wellness outcomes.

Gender Identity And Well-Woman Exams.

Recent years have shifted the paradigm of who we define as women.

So, what is the role of gender identity in a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam can be helpful for someone who identifies as a woman, no matter their anatomy. Of course, needs are different for those without biologically female anatomy.

Care for women without a vagina often entails a woman’s healthcare specialist collaborating with primary care physicians to help manage medications and hormones.

We’ll point out that women without female anatomy could also benefit from working with an LGBTQIA+ specialist.

When Should You Start (And Stop) Receiving Annual Women’s Health Exams?

Ideally, a woman should start seeing a women’s health specialist in her teenage years.

While reproductive issues are a significant component of these exams, women’s health specialists work with patients well past menopause. Therefore, continuing with well-woman exams for your whole life is suggested.

Let’s say you’re in your thirties or forties and have not received a well-woman exam.

Don’t fret–you’re not alone, and nobody will penalize you for starting late. Now is the best time to begin receiving annual exams. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

What Will Happen During Your Women’s Health Exam?

Not all well-woman exams are the same and will vary based on your health status, age, and multiple other factors.

Still, all well-woman visits share general similarities, such as beginning with questions about your overall wellness and health. Your specialist will typically take your vital signs, then you’ll slip into a hospital gown. From there, you’ll receive a pelvic area and breast examination.

There’s usually no preparation necessary for these exams. All you’ll require are questions relevant to your well-being and a willingness to discuss potentially sensitive issues.

Don’t feel anxious or overwhelmed about appointments because there are no skill-testing questions. It’s not a job interview. Nor do you need to shave your legs–and you can receive a complete gynecological exam while on your period.

Your women’s healthcare specialist will create an empathetic, judgment-free environment where you can be 100% you.

Of course, your comfort is the number one priority. Nobody will force you into revealing information you don’t want to reveal. However, the more open and vulnerable you are during visits, the more your specialist can help you. So, don’t be afraid to let loose and say what you think because it will better ensure the best results.

Below, we’ll provide a more specific breakdown of what usually happens during a well-woman exam:

Taking Your Medical History.

Without a thorough knowledge of history, we’re bound to repeat past mistakes. 

More importantly, a firm grasp of history helps people make informed decisions based on insights and heightened understanding. 

The above notions are accurate on a philosophical and societal level–but it’s even more relevant to your healthcare.

All healthcare providers–-including your well-woman specialist–benefit significantly from knowing your medical history. It can inform their entire approach to your treatment and provide helpful clues when otherwise mysterious problems arise. 

Therefore, expect your exam to begin with a medical history review. Topics, such as your family history, will give your specialist a more complete picture of your current health. It will also help them detect potential changes since your previous appointment. 

You’ll likely be asked the following questions:

  • Are you currently taking any prescription medications?
  • What day did your last period begin?
  • Have you undergone any surgical procedures?
  • Do you suffer from any allergies?
  • Have you ever been pregnant?
  • Are you currently sexually active?
  • Are you planning on having children in the future?
  • Do you feel safe at home?
  • Do you have any other questions for me?

Answer as openly and honestly as possible. Don’t feel pressured to answer anything you’re uncomfortable with. Your practitioner is well-versed in women’s issues and will be compassionate and understanding of any trepidation. (Note: This advice primarily applies to topics such as domestic abuse.) 

However, full disclosure is your best bet with medical issues. For instance, informing a practitioner of potential allergies or prior health conditions is a protective measure. Withholding this information can harm you.

General Wellness Screening

Your women’s health specialist focuses on more nuanced areas of your well-being. However, your OB-GYN, nurse practitioner, or midwife still requires a general idea of your current health status.

This broader information offers similar benefits to your medical history–it paints a comprehensive picture of your health. The results of your general wellness screening could flag specific issues that better explain the results of your well-woman exam.

Wellness screenings start with taking your vital signs, such as your body temperature, blood pressure, height, and weight.

From there, your women’s health specialist will listen to your lungs and heart with a stethoscope. They’ll also check your thyroid by feeling your neck.

While medical history and wellness screening portions of this process seem preliminary, they are paramount. Beyond being valuable sources of information for your care provider, these initial stages allow you to get comfortable and speak freely with your specialist.

With these initial layers out of the way, it’s time to get into the more intensive parts of the visit, including pelvic and breast exams and pap smears.

Undergoing A Pelvic Exam.

The pelvic exam component of a well-woman’s visit is often required if you’re between the ages of 21 and 65.

Your women’s health specialist will examine your pelvis for signs of disease in the following areas:

  • Uterus.
  • Vagina.
  • Fallopian tubes.
  • Cervix.

What should you expect during your pelvic exam?

The process calls for patients to lie on their backs with their feet in stirrups. Your women’s health specialist will look inside your vagina, using a speculum to ensure everything appears healthy.

Your specialist may also examine your vaginal area through touch, feeling your ovaries and uterus to detect potential abnormalities. 

Will pelvic exams cause you any pain? This question is important since the possibility of pain can deter many women who’d otherwise book a well-woman exam.

Undoubtedly, a pelvic exam can cause some discomfort. The process can also lead to some mild cramping. 

So, the experience is by no means euphoric, but pelvic exams should not hurt.

Receiving A Breast Exam. 

Given the prevalence of breast cancer in the US, this exam might be one of the most critical stages of your well-woman visit.

A breast exam begins with you lying on the doctor’s table. You’ll have your arms above your head as your specialist applies medium pressure to your breast tissue with their fingertips. 

During this process, your women’s health specialist will feel for changes and signs of concern (e.g., lumps and swelling). 

We cannot overstate the importance and value of breast examinations. Research tells us how crucial they are to a woman’s long-term well-being. Screening for conditions like breast cancer is associated with high survival rates since they catch the life-threatening disease early.

Moving Onto The Pap Smear

You won’t necessarily receive a Pap smear during every annual well-woman exam. It’s suggested that women between 21 and 65 receive these procedures once every three years.

A Pap smear might be required more frequently, depending on what your women’s health specialist suggests. For instance, previously abnormal Pap smear results will likely necessitate more recurrent Pap smears.

Women’s healthcare specialists will perform your Pap smear using a small spatula or brush to gently remove cervix cells. This will be part of your pelvic exam.

From there, your Pap smear sample will be sent for testing to check for signs of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV).

The value of a Pap smear is best encapsulated in the following statistic:

Between the mid-1970s and mid-2000s, cervical incidence rates decreased by over 50%. This results from increased Pap smears/screening–which detect cervical changes before they become cancerous.

Reach Out To A Women’s Healthcare Specialist For These Reasons:

A women’s healthcare specialist is there for more than your annual checkup. They’re like any other care provider and will offer support and treatment for any concerns or conditions within their treatment scope.

Provided you’re experiencing any of the following conditions, don’t wait for your well-woman exam to bring them to light:

  • Abnormal bleeding.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Urination troubles.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms. 

Also, don’t hesitate to contact your women’s healthcare specialist if you experience any feminine changes out of nowhere. There might be no problem at all, but remaining cautious with your health is always the best practice.

Find A Women’s Health Specialist You Can Trust.

Trustworthy Health Specialist

You have two factors to navigate when finding your ideal women’s health specialist:

  1. Rapport.
  2. Trust.

Rapport isn’t possible with trust–and it’s difficult to trust someone with whom you lack rapport.

So–who can you trust? A skilled healthcare provider with a proven track record.

How can you know a woman’s health expert has a proven track record? 

Not all OB-GYNs, midwives, and nurse practitioners are created equal. Finding one that gels with you and is highly skilled will take some research.

Therefore, we suggest perusing Google and reading reviews from patients. These reviews will remove much of the guessing game.

Even then, you might attend an appointment and realize you’re uncomfortable with a specific women’s health specialist. That’s okay! Keep trying until you find the ideal fit–your long-term health and well-being only stand to benefit. 

Radio Frequency Fibroid Ablation

Radio Frequency Fibroid Ablation

Radio Frequency Fibroid Ablation

An exciting option for fibroid treatment makes its way to Georgia

Dr. Soyini Hawkins and The Fibroid and Pelvic Wellness Center of Georgia are excited to announce that Dr. Hawkins will be the newest member of the Acessa family, providing laparoscopic radiofrequency fibroid ablation.