Gynecology

Gynecology Care

Gynecology is the medical discipline focused on women’s health, specifically any problems or issues with the reproductive system. If you choose Banner Health for your care, you will have a team at your side. We provide gynecological services for your routine and specialized needs, including the following:

  • Well-woman care
  • Menstruation problems, including PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Pregnancy and post-term pregnancy
  • Menopause and perimenopause
  • Cancer-related conditions, including cervical dysplasia (precancerous condition of the cervix) and gynecological cancer (cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar)
  • Infertility
  • Disorders including pelvic pain, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, sexual dysfunction and infertility

Which Gynecology Procedures Can I Get?

Treatment for gynecologic conditions may involve medication, therapy or surgery –including minimally invasive, robotic and traditional surgical options. Talk to your Banner Health provider about options that are right for you, including the following:

  • Permanent birth control such as tubal ligation
  • Pelvic muscle rehabilitation for urinary incontinence
  • Hysterectomy, myomectomy and minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization to treat fibroids
  • Pelvic laparoscopy to treat pelvic pain, endometriosis and infertility
  • Pelvic floor reconstruction
  • Vaginal vault suspension and sacrocolpopexy to treat pelvic organ prolapse
  • Surgery to treat gynecologic cancers

Additional Gynecology Care

At Banner Health, we provide the gynecology care you need related to fertility, menopause and well-woman care.

Can I Get Help with Fertility & Genetic Counseling?

When you’re trying to get pregnant but can’t, you want information and expertise to help you find the problem. You also want to understand your treatment options. Talk to your Banner Health gynecological provider for a referral to a specialist.

What May Cause Infertility?

Infertility may be the result of any of the following:

  • A problem with ovulation
  • A physical problem, such as a blocked fallopian tube or removing scar tissue
  • Endometriosis
  • Impotence or low sperm count in the male partner

What Are My Fertility Procedure Options?

The fertility specialists at Banner Health also specialize in assisted reproduction, which can include:

  • Donor sperm and donor egg procedures
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Ovulation induction (OI)

What Is Genetic Counseling and When Do I Need It?

Genetic counseling can help you understand how your health, family health and cultural background could affect a current or future pregnancy.

You might need genetic counseling if:

  • You’re in your mid-30s or older and pregnant or considering pregnancy.
  • A prenatal test has indicated a possible problem such as the presence of a genetic disease - cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, neurofibromatosis or Huntington’s disease - or mental retardation.
  • You’re at higher risk of a disease such as Tay-Sachs disease (people of Jewish descent) or sickle cell disease (African-Americans).
  • You’ve had radiation therapy or used medications, drugs or alcohol that could affect current or future pregnancies.
  • You have a health problem such as diabetes, high blood pressure or seizures that could affect pregnancies.
  • A disease runs in your family that can affect pregnancy, such as cancer, manic depression, kidney disease and certain heart conditions.

Is There Help for My Menopause Symptoms?

Banner Health treats women at every stage of their lives, including menopause. Menopause is a transition from your childbearing years when your menstrual periods stop. As your body adjusts to these changes, you may notice symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia. Talk to your Banner Health provider; he/she can suggest ways to help manage your symptoms. Some can be tips as easy as avoiding caffeine, hot beverages and spicy foods. Your provider may also recommend dressing in layers and reducing your stress.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be another option for you. Talk to your provider about the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. If HRT is recommended, you will be advised to use this therapy for the shortest time and lowest dose possible.

Talk with your provider about how to protect your bone health and overall health after menopause.

What Well-Woman Care Do I Need?

Staying well is important to you and your family. At Banner Health, we focus on you and can provide advice about your sexual health and birth control, provide pelvic and clinical breast exams, and order tests such as mammograms.

Ask your provider how often you should have well-care checkups and screenings to help you stay healthy. Banner Health offers Find a Doctor to help match you with a gynecology provider who will meet your needs.

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