Many women’s health issues don’t produce any symptoms in their early and more easily treated stages. Pap smears are the most effective way to check on the health of your reproductive system. Pap smears are the best tool in Dr. McDonald’s arsenal to protect women’s health.
A pap smear is a quick and simple test where a small sample of cells is gently removed from your cervix and sent for testing. This is the only way to check for cervical cancer. Other tests such as STD screenings may be performed at the same time if you like.
There are a wide variety of birth control options available today, and Dr. McDonald helps you to decide which form is most suited to your needs and lifestyle. Some forms of birth control affect your hormones to prevent pregnancy while others like a diaphragm or condoms act as a barrier to keep sperm and egg from joining.
Many women opt for birth control pills. There is a range of different prescriptions available to meet each woman’s individual needs, and many forms offer additional benefits like helping to control irregular periods or acne.
Other women prefer the patch, an IUD, or an intramuscular hormone shot. The main benefit of these forms of birth control is that you don’t need to remember to take a pill every day at the same time.
Before prescribing any birth control, Dr. McDonald talks to you in detail your lifestyle, your needs, and your overall health before making suggestions on the best form of birth control to meet your needs.
Irregular periods have many causes including hormonal imbalances, uterine fibroids or polyps, or polycystic ovary syndrome. Irregular periods are those that fall outside of a normal 28-32 day cycle or are very heavy or painful. A very heavy period requires you to change your tampon or sanitary napkin more than once an hour for several hours.
The treatment for irregular periods depends on their cause. In many cases, a birth control prescription helps to regulate your hormones and menstrual cycle. In other cases, you may need to have a procedure to remove growths from the uterus.
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