OBGYN West Services | Women’s Health
Women’s Health

Your First Exam

Whether it's your first annual exam, your first child or your first signs of menopause, we want your initial visit to OBGYN West to be the first of many. That's why we take special care to give you first-class treatment, every time. From babies to bladder issues, mood swings to menopause, the topics you discuss with us are decidedly delicate. In fact, next to your partner or a very close friend, there is no more intimate relationship than the one you share with your OBGYN. We value that candor and know that the bonds we build take time. Just trust that if it's on your mind, you can share it with us. We look forward to working with you.

Your Period

Just like snowflakes, we're all different...and so are our menstrual cycles. There are big variables for what is considered "normal". But it's helpful to know that a typical period comes every 28 days (counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next) and the average flow is five days long. Then what's atypical? A cycle that is abnormal is 21 days or shorter with a flow lasting 7-10 days or more. As you can see, there are a lot of different definitions of a normal period. But if you're out in the "atypical" range, you may want to make an appointment.

Birth Control

Finding the method that's just right for you means having plenty of options. That's why we offer a full range of choices, including pills, IUD's, injections and permanent techniques. To discuss this important decision with one of our doctors, please call for an appointment.

Pap Screenings

It's widely accepted that women should have an annual gynecological exam. But when should they begin? The American Cancer Society recommends cervical pap smears approximately three years after the onset of vaginal intercourse or no later than 21 years of age. We also believe, as does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), that "get acquainted" visits are a good idea for girls, starting around age 15. These annual exams are an important way to catch up with what's new with you and address any other personal concerns.

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

For young women, ages 15-26, we now offer the HPV vaccination to protect against a common virus that may cause cervical cancer. Studies have shown that the non-mature cervix of an adolescent is more susceptible to HPV than a more mature cervix of a woman in her 20's who engages in vaginal intercourse. Since an early onset of sexual activity increases the risk of an abnormal pap smear, which can potentially lead to cancer, we feel this vaccination is a worthwhile consideration for young women.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's)

The list of STD's is long and their symptoms range from the uncomfortable to the downright dangerous. If you fear you may have contracted an STD, please make an appointment with us at your earliest convenience. Please contact us for an appointment.