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