Gynecology makes up half of our practice here at Colorado Springs Gynecology Associates, but what does that really mean? Well, here it’s pretty simple; gynecology is the passionate medical care of women. Here at Colorado Springs Gynecology Associates, we understand that women have specific and unique needs at all stages of their lives. That’s why there is an entire branch of medicine that has been developed specifically for your care!
There are different guidelines out there, but we choose to practice in a way that ensures our patients are taken care of properly. We recommend that every woman of childbearing age (meaning sexually active, or over the age of 21) is seen yearly for an exam. At this time we will do a full check-up by listening to your heart and lungs, addressing any issues you’ve been having, and doing a pap smear if your are over the age of 21. If everything comes back normal then we won’t ask to see you back for another year. The reason this is so important to be done yearly is because if we can catch any abnormalities early, it’s much better for everyone. If something does come back as abnormal from the pap then we will do another set of tests that will take a closer look at the individual cells in your cervix. Treatment from here will follow in different ways for each of our patients. If you have a history of abnormal pap tests, be sure to let us know so we can put that in your history.
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In addition to pap smears at your annual visit, we also prescribe all sorts of contraception. We want you to choose the type of birth control that not only works best for your body, but also your lifestyle. You can read about the different kinds of contraception on the page to the left, then be sure to contact the office to set up an appointment for one of the providers to give you a prescription.
We also offer full-panel STD screenings. If you feel like you may have been exposed to an STD, we recommend that you come in as soon as possible to be tested. Please remember that many STDs don’t show any symptoms at first, so even if you’re not experiencing any abnormal symptoms you still may want to consider being tested if there’s a chance you could have been exposed. We recommend that you and any new partner get tested before engaging in intercourse.
Lastly, there is the area of gynecological practice that treats women who have already lived through all the above, and are heading into menopause. This is a natural transformation in every woman’s life, even though sometimes it feels like the exact opposite of natural! Our Nurse Practitioner is here to help alleviate the dread of this transformation. She is one of the only providers in the state that will hand-tailor a regiment of bio identical hormones for each patient’s needs, We even have patients that come from New Mexico, Kansas, and Utah to have Melinda look over their labs and prescribe exactly what they need. She could be your greatest asset in this move into menopause, and she is always happy to answer all of her patients’ questions about the transition into menopause.
This is a quick overview of what most of our gynecological patients are seen for, but it doesn’t include everything. Feel free to go through each of the tabs to the left in order to see more detail about your specific needs, and of course never hesitate to contact the office with any questions about the care we provide.
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