Urodynamics is a procedure that evaluates urinary incontinence. It can help determine the type and potential causes of urinary incontinence. This information can further guide treatment options. This procedure can be done in the office setting. Discuss this further with your physician.
I missed taking my birth control; what do I do?
There are several questions you need to answer if you missed taking The Pill. First, how many days did you miss? Second, is missing your birth control a regular occurrence? If you missed one or two days, your birth control instructions may tell you to double up for the day or two after. Second, did you have intercourse during the period you didn’t take your birth control? If you did, you may want to conduct a pregnancy test a few weeks after to see if you’re pregnant. We recommend using another form of non-hormonal birth control, such as condoms, until you are able to start your new pack. We also recommend going to your physician if you believe you might be pregnant; your physician can answer any questions you have and help you plan. If you have difficulty taking your birth control every day, your doctor can prescribe another contraceptive you can take less often.
What can I expect at an annual appointment?
If you are attending your first annual examination with a gynecologist or nurse practitioner, your provider will examine your body for general health, including the breasts, back, and oral and aural cavities. Along with the general check up, your provider will administrate a Pap smear to determine the existence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in your cervix. Often, blood work is done as well. Should you have any questions regarding your exam, your provider can answer any questions and provide any details.
What is dysplasia?
Dysplasia, or cervical dysplasia, is an abnormal, precancerous cell growth found on the surface lining of the cervix, between the uterus and vagina. Cervical dysplasia is common in women under the age of 30, but can develop at any age. It is most associated with sexually transmitted papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Generally, cervical dysplasia has no symptoms and can be discovered during a routine Pap test. With careful follow-up treatment, women with cervical dysplasia can expect successful results, but if it is left untreated or undiagnosed, cervical dysplasia can develop into cervical cancer, though it can take years to fully develop as cancer. If you have a mild form of cervical dysplasia, it may go away without treatment, but your physician may suggest frequent Pap tests to know if you need actual treatment should the dysplasia persist.
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