At what age should a young woman be seen by a gynecologist?
We recommend that young women come for their first visit at the age of 18 or when first sexually active, whichever comes first. It may also be beneficial for the first visit to focus on answering questions in a conversation format without doing an exam.


Why are pap smears important?
Pap smears allow us to diagnose precancerous changes in the cells of the cervix. By diagnosing and treating these conditions early, cancer can usually be avoided. Prior to the wide spread use of Pap smears, cervical cancer was the primary cause of death among women of reproductive age.


What can be done about heavy periods?
There are a number of different treatments for heavy periods. After evaluation to determine if a specific cause for the bleeding exists, treatment options can be discussed. These may include medication, in-office or hospital surgical procedures.


How often should a woman get a mammogram?
Between the age of 40 and 50 women should have screening mammograms every one to two years based on her personal and family history. After the age of 50, mammograms should be performed on a yearly basis. Women with a personal history of breast cancer or abnormalities on her mammogram or exam will have a personalized schedule.


Will taking the pill impact my ability to become pregnant later on?
No. Birth control pills do not diminish future fertility.


What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a treatment of the tissue lining the inner cavity of the uterus to decrease menstrual bleeding. It can be performed in our office, or in the hospital.


If I get pregnant, will I have to find a new doctor?
The Brookside Gynecology physicians are happy to care for you during the first twelve weeks of your pregnancy. We can also help you choose a physician to care for you for the remainder of the pregnancy.


Is there a minimally invasive way to treat uterine fibroids?
There are a number of minimally invasive techniques to treat fibroids and symptoms related to them. We can present the options to you, both surgical and non-surgical, during an office visit.


Who should get the cervical cancer vaccine?
Anyone who is at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection can benefit from the vaccine. It is recommended that all young women be vaccinated and the FDA has approved the Gardasil vaccine for use in 9 to 45 year olds. Some women older than 45 may elect to be vaccinated if they may be exposed to HPV by a new partner.


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