OB/GYN

Overview

Throughout every stage of her life, a woman’s healthcare needs continue to change - from her first menstrual period and pregnancy to the first signs of menopause. To help prevent or detect any medical issues along the way, women are encouraged to take charge of their health by visiting an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) every year.

BHMG’s team of qualified physicians and nurse practitioners strive to provide exceptional service for each patient by assessing a woman’s overall health as well as her personal health concerns.

We provide a comprehensive array of gynecologic services for all ages, from adolescence through maternity to menopause and beyond. As early detection and screenings are the keys to good health, we offer many services such as:

Pelvic exams

The pelvic exam - the main part of the gynecological visit - protects against cervical cancer and infertility and can also help ensure a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. During the exam, the doctor will examine both the outside of woman’s genital area (vulva) and internal reproductive organs. This exam can detect infections, cysts, tumors or other problems. Pelvic exams are usually performed during a yearly physical exam, when a woman is pregnant, or when the doctor is checking for various infections.

Pap smears

Pap smears can detect cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer in women. Treatments for such cells are highly effective at preventing cancer, which is why it’s extremely important to get regular Pap smears and to follow-up on any abnormal results.

Breast exams / Mammograms

About one in eight American women will get breast cancer in her lifetime, which is why mammograms and other breast exams are extremely important. They can often detect the disease in its earliest, most curable stages.

Women ages 20 to 39 should have a manual breast exam by their gynecologist every one to three years. Women ages 40 and older should have a manual breast exam and a mammogram every year.

Mammograms are quick and easy, it is a simple low dose x-ray picture of the breast; the whole thing takes about 20 minutes. Two plastic plates are used to flatten the breast which can be uncomfortable, but it helps get the highest quality picture.

STD screenings

More than half of Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) during their lifetime. If left untreated, STDs can cause serious health problems and harm a developing baby. Some STDs, such as HIV, are particularly dangerous because they can have no symptoms for months or years. It’s recommended that sexually active women 24 or younger should be screened for Chlamydia, a common STD that’s easily spread and often symptomless.

Colorectal cancer screenings

When caught early, cancers of the colon and rectum can be highly curable; screening could prevent 60 percent of deaths from this disease. A stool sample test and colonoscopy can detect colorectal cancer. Women should be screened periodically, starting at age 50. Individuals with certain health conditions or a family history, may need to be screened sooner.

Osteoporosis testing

Women are especially at risk for osteoporosis - or weakened bones - which can lead to fractures of the spine, hip and other bones. Women should have a bone-density test at age 65.

Depression screening

Depression, which interferes with daily life and relationships, affects one in 10 Americans. Women who have been feeling down, sad or hopeless, or have lost interest or pleasure in activities, should ask their doctor about being screened for depression.

Diabetes testing

Diabetes - a defect in the body's ability to convert glucose (sugar) to energy - can damage multiple organs, including the heart, kidneys and eyes. Woman who have a blood pressure higher than 135/80 or take medication for high blood pressure should be screened for diabetes.

Blood pressure check

High blood pressure - 140/90 or higher - can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure. Blood pressure should be measured at least every two years, starting at age 18.

Cholesterol testing

Cholesterol plays a major role in a person’s health, and high cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke. Women and men should have their blood cholesterol checked regularly, starting at age 20.

Overweight and obesity check

Excess weight can be related to many health issues like infertility, joint problems, cancer and heart attacks. By calculating a body mass index (BMI), the physician will determine if someone is overweight or obese.

Childbirth

Giving birth is an amazing experience, and while no two births are exactly alike, BHMG’s physicians and midwives will guide expectant mothers through their maternity experience by providing information and offering tests, as well as a shoulder to lean on, to ensure both mother and baby are healthy.

Gestational Diabetes

Nearly one in five pregnant women develops gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes found during pregnancy that is characterized by too much glucose in blood.

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