When the Family is Complete

Whether you're done having kids or have determined your future will be childless, there comes a time when what once may have defined you as a woman now confines you. From heavy bleeding and urinary incontinence to fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic prolapse, your lifestyle is being affected and you need to make some decisions. If so, please call us to make an appointment and we'll talk about your options; some of them may be simpler, and less invasive, than you'd think.

Heavy Bleeding

It's called menorrhagia. But you know it as excessive bleeding. If your menstrual bleeding lasts seven days or more or if it's so heavy you have to change protection nearly every hour, you may have menorrhagia. Not only is it potentially embarrassing, but it can also cause anemia, fatigue and it can definitely disrupt your life. The good news is, for women who are through with childbirth, there are many options that can lessen the severity of your discomfort...and many do not involve major surgery.

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Urinary Incontinence

When simply coughing, sneezing or even laughing cause you to lose control, it's time to take action. Fortunately, for many women, this annoying condition can often be easily corrected with a simple outpatient treatment. True, it can be difficult to talk about. But the doctors at OBGYN West deal with this problem every day--and have brought relief too many women just like you. Tired of thinking you had to live with this condition? Please make an appointment with one of our doctors today. You may be surprised what we can do for you.

Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are a benign (non cancerous) growth in the uterus. And if you're a woman over 35, there's a one in four chance you've got some. No reason for alarm, though. For most women, these fibroids, even if they're large ones, cause no ill effects. However, for other women, the fibroids' size, number and location in the uterus can generate great discomfort and inconvenience. They can disrupt menstruation (causing heavy bleeding and cramps), cause pain during sex and even can be responsible for miscarriages and infertility. The good news is, fibroids don't have to rule (or ruin) your active life. At OBGYN West, we specialize in treating this common, but often debilitating problem.

Endometriosis

The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Sometimes, tissue like that which normally lines the inside of the uterus grows in other parts of the body, like the ovaries, bowel or bladder. The problem is, this special tissue, which is designed to grow and thicken each cycle to prepare the body for pregnancy, also grows and thickens and even bleeds like the uterine wall (even when it's not in the uterus!), during the period. For women with endometriosis (most of whom are in their 30's and 40's), this can cause pelvic pain, pain during sex, even pain during bowel movements or urination. If you have any of these symptoms, please make an appointment t so we can talk about it. While endometriosis is a long-term condition, please know that you have treatment options that can lessen the severity of your symptoms and help you cope. And we'd like to help.

Pelvis Support Problems

Many women's pelvic organs change as they age. These support problems can include the bladder, small intestine, rectum, uterus and vagina. The symptoms depend upon which organ is involved, but include a pelvic heaviness or fullness or an uneasy feeling that something is falling out of the vagina. The causes of all this grief? The two main ones: childbirth and aging (although some pelvic support problems occur in women who've never had children). So how can we help improve the quality of your life? The key is to start with a proper diagnosis...and that will require our doing a full pelvic exam and asking you lots of questions. We'll also examine you both lying down and standing up. Plus, we'll test your bladder function. The good news is, there are treatments, exercises, diets and medication that can make you feel more like yourself again. We'd love to discuss your options.