Gynecology in NYC
Maiden Lane Medical
Gynecologists located in New York, NY
Maiden Lane Medical has top-rated obstetrics and gynecologists serving patients in and around Soho, New York, NY. The multi-physician practice features advanced care options for women at all stages of life, including routine gynecological exams, obstetric care, colposcopy and Pap tests, bone density scans, in-office minimally invasive surgery; treatment for urinary incontinence; diagnostic services surgery center; as well as skincare and mind-body medicine.
In addition to convenient office hours, the practice provides an after-hours emergency telephone line to ensure patients receive the care and guidance they need at any time of the day or night. Maiden Lane Medical welcomes new patients and accepts most major medical insurance plans.
What does a gynecologist do?
A gynecologist is a physician who specializes in female reproductive health. They offer various preventive and diagnostic services and treatments for illness and disease, ranging from endometriosis and fibroids to cervical and ovarian cancer.
For example, gynecologists perform pelvic exams, Pap tests, and breast exams. In addition, they screen for vaginal and sexually transmitted diseases and provide appropriate treatment.
Gynecologists are also excellent resources for reproductive health concerns such as birth control, family planning, and preconception counseling.
What is the difference between a gynecologist and an obstetrician?
While gynecologists and obstetricians both specialize in women’s health, obstetricians focus on pregnancy-related care. In addition, gynecologists diagnose and treat other reproductive health concerns. Many women’s health specialists complete the necessary training to provide gynecology and obstetrics care.
What conditions does a gynecologist treat?
Gynecologists treat a comprehensive range of women’s health issues. Some of the most common conditions include:
Abnormal pap smears
There are many reasons that you might have an abnormal Pap smear. Your gynecologist can offer treatments to remove abnormal cells, such as cryotherapy and LEEP procedures. They can also provide referrals and support if your Pap test reveals cervical cancer.
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue, which forms each month to line your uterus, grows on organs and tissue outside your womb. Pelvic pain is the most common symptom, and it can interfere with fertility.
Fibroids and polyps
Fibroids and polyps are growths that form in or on the walls of your uterus. The growths are typically benign but can cause pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and fertility problems.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a hormonal disorder that causes abnormal cyst growth on your ovaries and interferes with regular ovulation. As a result, it causes irregular periods, excess hair growth, acne, and weight gain.
STDs and vaginal infections
Your vagina and reproductive organs are vulnerable to various infections, including:
- Yeast (candida)
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Many of these infections are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some infections don’t cause symptoms in their early stages.
Pelvic floor dysfunction
A gynecologist can also diagnose and treat pelvic floor problems. For example, many women experience pelvic floor weakness after childbirth or menopause, which can cause problems ranging from incontinence to pelvic organ prolapse—some experience painful pelvic floor spasms.
What happens during a routine gynecology exam?
First, a personal and family medical history will be taken to help identify possible health risks. Be sure to report any medications you may be taking. Your weight and blood pressure will be recorded, and a general physical assessment will be made.
In most cases, a clinical breast exam will be performed, and a pelvic exam with Pap test and HPV test may also be conducted. Depending on your needs, you may receive counseling or guidance regarding birth control, menopause care, or other requirements.
You’ll also have plenty of time to discuss any concerns or symptoms you may have been having.
How often do I need to see a gynecologist if I’m healthy?
Even if you’re healthy, you should still have an exam every year to look for signs of possible disease and keep an ongoing record of your health as you get older and your needs change. Pap tests may be performed annually or every other year, depending on your age and other risk factors.
You can discuss the frequency of Pap tests during your appointment.
Does an abnormal Pap test result mean I have cancer?
No, there are many causes of abnormal pap test results. One of the most common causes of abnormal results is infection with the human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV is a family of prevalent viruses, so common that nearly every person comes in contact with at least one of these viruses at some point. In most cases, the body can clear the virus, but some viruses are persistent.
A few have been linked with genital warts and an increased risk for cervical cancer. Abnormal results can also occur as a result of hormonal fluctuations, yeast infections, and other causes.
What are the signs I need to see a gynecologist?
You should have an annual wellness exam with your gynecologist, whether you have any reproductive health symptoms or not. After all, many reproductive health issues don’t cause noticeable signs, and routine screenings are the best way to monitor your health.
However, in addition to your routine wellness checks, you may want to make an appointment with your gynecologist if you have symptoms such as:
- Pelvic pain
- Heavy periods
- Absent or irregular periods
- Sexual dysfunction
- Abnormal odors or itching
- Abnormal lumps on your genitals
If you have questions about when you should see your gynecologist, the experienced team at Maiden Lane Medical can help. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
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