Mammography is an X-ray exam used to obtain images of the breast. It is a highly useful tool in the early detection of breast cancer because it may show an abnormality in breast tissue before the patient or doctor can feel it. Screening and diagnostic mammography can aid in the detection and diagnosis of breast diseases, lumps, cysts and benign and malignant tumors.
During the procedure, the breast is placed on a small platform and compressed with a paddle while it is exposed to a very low dose of radiation. Images are then displayed on a computer screen or printed on special film. Yearly mammograms are recommended for women over 40. Those who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer should consult with their physician about when to start having mammograms.
At Southside OBGYN we understand the importance of breast health. Clinical breast exams are recommended every year starting at the age of 20 based on personal and family history of benign and malignant breast disease. At your annual exam we perform a thorough breast exam as well as instruct self-breast exam. You will be asked your family history at your annual appointment and we will discuss a breast health plan for you.
If you discover a breast or axillary (armpit) lump, skin change, or nipple discharge please call our office. We will have an appointment for you within 24 hours with one of our Providers who will perform a breast exam and schedule any diagnostic testing needed as follow-up.
Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a woman's daily life. Your doctor can help you find a successful method of protection for you and your partner. You will be provided with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Birth control methods have many different variables including frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness. It is important to take into consideration your life, age, health and previous experience. The decision is ultimately yours, but using our knowledge and experience can help you make the right choice.
Effective birth control is a major concern for many women. While there are many options, most come with side effects or worries about complete protection. When you decide that your family is complete and are considering permanent birth control, the Essure® incision-free procedure offers benefits that no other permanent birth control method can.
Essure is the first non-invasive procedure to provide permanent and effective birth control based on five years of clinical data. Essure is hormone free and requires no incision, no cutting or burning and no anesthesia.
Your doctor places a soft, flexible silicone-free insert into each of your fallopian tubes. Over time, the body tissue in the fallopian tubes will grow into the inserts creating a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. Development of the barrier takes about 3 months so another method of birth control will need to be used during that time. After the 3 months, a special test, known as the Essure Confirmation Test, will need to be done to verify that the tubes are fully blocked. Once this is confirmed, you may start relying on Essure as your only form of birth control. Essure has been shown to be 99.8% effective, based on a 5 year study.
While Essure is reliable and simple, it is also permanent. The procedure is not reversible. You will need to be certain that you do not want any more children before considering the procedure.
Mirena IUD/Paraguard IUD
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a method of birth control that has few side effects. They can provide long-term effective protection against pregnancy. The devices require precision and care to be fully effective and protect against infection. Improper insertion of an IUD can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and other pelvic infections. IUDs should be inserted by a trained health care professional who will minimize your risk for complications. Trying to insert or remove an IUD by yourself can cause serious damage.
During proper IUD insertion, the cervix and uterus are measured and the IUD is inserted to the proper depth by a tube. A string is left hanging in the cervical canal for maintenance and removal purposes. During removal, the strings are located and grasped with a clamp to slowly remove the IUD.
Choosing a method of birth control is an important decision many women must make each day. Implantation devices offer long-term, hassle-free protection that is appealing to many. While there are several different types of devices available today, Nexplanon is a discreet, single-rod implantable device that releases a hormone to prevent pregnancy. It also contains a small quantity of barium sulfate to make it visible by X-ray. Nexplanon is effective for up to three years and more than 99% effective.
Nexplanon is inserted under the skin on the inside of the upper arm by an experienced healthcare provider. Insertion is performed quickly through a minor in-office procedure. To remove Nexplanon, a tiny incision is made in the arm and pushing on the other end will pop the rod out. The insertion and removal of Nexplanon requires extreme precision and must be administered by a professional. The implant can be removed at any time, but will remain effective for three years.
Each stage of a woman's life brings its own opportunities and challenges. Your Southside OBGYN physician is here to provide the healthcare and treatments that will enhance the quality of your life and help you be the woman ready to tackle whatever comes your way.
Teen – First Visit
In the Twenties
Life Begins at Forty
Wisdom for Over Fifty