Full Service Lab
At Southside OBGYN, we provide a Full Service Lab. We use lab tests as a medical tool to analyze a sample of blood, urine, stool or bodily tissue. They can be valuable in identifying potential health issues before symptoms even arise. Labs may also be helpful in securing a diagnosis when symptoms are present. They can aid in the monitoring of a condition and in the evaluation of how well it is responding to treatment, too.
Annual pelvic exams and Pap tests are important in monitoring your gynecologic health. During your exam you will be screened for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treating any disease and especially important for cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
Annual exams are recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18. During the exam, your doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. During a Pap test, some tissue will be swabbed from the cervix to carefully examine as well. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.
Many women going through menopause exhibit symptoms that include irregular bleeding, hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, fatigue, depression and more. There are several treatment options available that help relieve these symptoms, and our doctors can help you decide which option is best for you.
Prescription medication with estrogen and progesterone, known as hormone replacement therapy, is a popular treatment for women to treat symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Patients can also seek treatment for their individual symptoms, and should be able to maintain an active and healthy life to help feel their best.
PMS Counseling & Treatment
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are common conditions that are associated with symptoms related to menstrual periods and can include bloating, cramping, fatigue, moodiness, sleep irregularity and depression. PMS is experienced by most women, but symptoms of PMDD can and should be treated professionally. There is no official diagnosis of these conditions, but if they are affecting your ability to function in your everyday life, they can be considered serious.
Chronic PMS and PMDD can be treated through a variety of solutions. Behavior modification has been found to be effective and includes exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, dealing with stress and not smoking. Birth control pills can often help reduce these symptoms. For PMDD, anti-depressants or counseling may be prescribed.
Human Papillomavirus Testing & Prevention
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that causes genital warts. There are more than 100 different kinds of viruses and some of them may increase the risk for cancer. While some types can cause genital warts, others will show no symptoms but can eventually lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina and anus. Contracted through sexual contact, the risk of infection can be reduced by using latex condoms.
While there is no cure for HPV, treatment for the symptoms caused by HPV, such as genital warts, cervical changes and cervical cancer, is available.
Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing & Treatment
Most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have no symptoms, 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, using condoms. It is important to ask your partner if they have or have ever had an STI. We offer safe and confidential STI testing and treatment.
If you are diagnosed with an STI, most can be treated effectively. Many, however, cannot be cured. Antibiotics are prescribed for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis and patients usually respond well. There is no cure for genital herpes, but outbreaks can be shortened with antiviral medications.