A gynecologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the female reproductive system. Our gynecologists may treat women for any of the following:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Congenital abnormalities of reproductive organs
- Urinary incontinence
- Menstrual problems
- Sexually-transmitted diseases
- Cancer affecting the reproductive organs
Many women start seeing a gynecologist when they are in their early teens. It is generally recommended to see a gynecologist once a year for a check-up.
How does a gynecologist treat infertility?
Infertility has multiple causes, so the first step in treating it is determining the cause. After taking the patient’s medical history, the doctor will perform a physical examination that can involve certain diagnostic procedures. For example, they may a perform laparoscopic hysteroscopy. In this procedure, the gynecologist uses a tiny camera to get a good look at the patient’s uterus to look for problems like congenital abnormalities, fibroids, or polyps.
In many cases, infertility can be treated with medication. Conditions like hormonal disorders, various infections, and tubal blockages all respond to certain drugs. Medicines can also induce ovulation. If the patient has structural problems or growths like fibroids, they often need surgery.
What is Essure?
Essure is a device that provides permanent birth control; gynecologists have used it for over ten years. Essure is a tiny device that the gynecologist will implant in the patient’s Fallopian tube. It is flexible and soft and will fit the tube perfectly. Over the next three months, tissue forms around the implant and forms a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. Essure is nearly 100 percent effective.
The procedure takes a little over half an hour. Most patients need only a local anesthetic and/or a sedative to keep them comfortable and calm. The doctor uses a tiny device equipped with a camera to transport the Essure up the patient’s vagina to their Fallopian tube. There is no surgery involved, and the device does not emit any hormones.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the mother, or baby, or both are considered to be at risk for developing complications.
For example, there are many physical conditions that can cause birth defects and/or jeopardize a mother’s ability to carry her child to term. They include conditions like rubella, epilepsy, diabetes, HIV, chickenpox, kidney disease, and heart disease. If the mother smokes, drinks, or takes drugs, her pregnancy is considered high-risk. Similarly, certain medications, like Tegretol, Dilantin, or lithium, increase the chances of complications during pregnancy.
If the mother is under 17 or over 35, her pregnancy is considered high-risk. Multiple births like twins are always considered high-risk. If a woman has a history of miscarriages, multiple births, or difficult pregnancies, her current pregnancy is considered high-risk.
Take a proactive measure to your health and wellness by contacting us today at the Georgia Center for Female Health and scheduling your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!