As New Canaan gynecologists, we not only help women with current gynecological or reproductive issues through annual examinations and tests, we may also identify and treat/prevent issues before they become serious. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a routine examination or for any gynecological issues, please call our office today.
An adolescent’s first visit to the gynecologist usually occurs in her mid-teens. Girls in their earlier teens may require gynecological care if they experience extremely painful periods. We offer the HPV vaccine to adolescents to prevent cervical cancer and offer birth control options for sexually active adolescents.
Birth control options are discussed during the annual gynecological exam, or when a woman wants to start contraception or change to a new type of family planning.
A woman’s birth control preferences or needs may vary during her reproductive life. Available hormonal birth control options include oral contraceptives, as well as contraceptive implants, injections, and patches.
Many women prefer an intra-uterine device, or IUD. This effective birth control method consists of a tiny device inserted into the uterus. A gynecologist will then remove it if the woman decides to have a child or wants to use another birth control method.
Most women achieve pregnancy within one year of regular intercourse without the use of birth control. For women who have not been able to get pregnant within this timeframe – six months for those 35 and over – it is time to seek fertility testing from a New Canaan gynecologist. Maternal age is the primary cause of infertility today.
Women who want to become pregnant but have certain medical histories should seek gynecological help prior to trying to conceive.
These histories include:
- Infrequent or irregular menstrual periods
- Fibroid tumors
- Past sexually transmitted diseases
In many cases, medication or surgery – often minimally invasive – can remedy these issues, clearing the path to conception and a healthy infant.
Part of an infertility examination also involves the woman’s male partner. His semen is analyzed for any abnormalities or a low sperm count.
After menopause, women’s estrogen levels drop considerably. This leads to a variety of side effects, including the notorious “hot flashes” and “night sweats.” Other common issues surfacing after menopause due to estrogen loss include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of interest in sex
- Dry, sagging skin
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Bone loss
- Sleep disorders.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Estrogen also protects the heart, so postmenopausal women are at higher risk for cardiovascular problems.
Taking synthetic hormones increases the risk of breast and uterine cancer. We offer bio-identical hormones, which do not increase the cancer risk and prevent or resolve many of the physical issues facing women after menopause. Our bio-identical estrogen hormones are created from yams and soy. When they enter the body, they act in the same manner as a woman’s natural estrogen.
Along with bio-identical hormone therapy, we offer an integrative health program individually designed for each patient. This program offers a nutritional supplement, herb and vitamin regimen custom-tailored for each woman.