Make an Appointment for a Gyno Exam and Pap Smear in Peoria, IL
A gynecologist is a licensed medical physician that specializes in reproductive health issues that do not fall under an obstetrician’s expertise. This can include gynecological exams, menopause care, and management, menstrual dysfunctions or irregularities, contraceptive and birth control counseling, hormonal changes, osteoporosis diagnoses, and STD screenings and treatments, just to name a few.
An annual examination is an important part of a woman’s routine health care. At this visit, the doctor will perform a pelvic exam, breast exam and collect a sampling of the cells on your cervix called a pap smear. A pap smear is important because it can detect early signs of precancerous changes that may lead to the development of cervical cancer. Cancer of the cervix can be prevented with early detection and treatment.
When your doctor performs a breast exam, he or she is checking for changes or abnormalities in the breast that may indicate further diagnostic testing needs to be performed such as a mammogram. Women should also perform a monthly self-breast exam which is an essential part of helping to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Regardless of your age, marital status, level of health, sexuality, or your level of sexual activity, getting proper gynecological care is important. We encourage women to listen to their bodies for signals that something may be wrong. Never hesitate to call us with any questions regarding your body, in addition to having a regularly scheduled annual examination.
With endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus is found outside the womb. Inflammation and shedding of the endometrium occur with mensus. However, since the endometrium located outside of the uterus has no way to exit the body, the formation of scar tissue results.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCOS is a hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age and is a leading cause of infertility. The principal features are lack of regular ovulation and excessive amounts or effects of androgenic hormones. The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly between women.
Uterine fibroids are nodules of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop within the wall of the uterus. They may grow as a single nodule or in clusters and may range in size from 1 mm to more than 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter. It is very rare for a fibroid to become malignant.