Aspirus Women's Health

Gynecology

Gynecologic health focuses on the female reproductive organs, but also includes the overall health of a woman. Gynecology care can be provided by a doctor who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, or family medicine, a nurse practitioner, or a nurse midwife. Gynecologists perform surgical procedures such as hysterectomy or sterilization.

Regular annual gynecologic appointments revolve mostly around preventive health care, including:

  • Completing pap tests (testing for abnormalities of the cervix).

  • Completing breast and pelvic exams.

  • Weight and Blood Pressure evaluation.

  • Immunization updates, (including the new vaccine to combat cervical cancer).

  • Lab work (such as thyroid and lipid tests).

  • Discussion about general health and wellness.

  • Discussion about and scheduling of regular screening tests such as colonoscopy, mammography, and bone density testing.

If you are having problems with abnormal bleeding (heavy, irregular, painful, or absent), pelvic organ prolapse, loss of urine, or pelvic pain, you should discuss this with your provider, who will review treatment options with you.

A gynecologic appointment is also a good time to update your health history and discuss lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, or weight management. You can also focus your appointment time on questions you have about menopause, conception, contraception, sterilization, infertility, and sexuality