Treatment for General Gynecological Problems
At The Pelvic Floor Institute, we specialize in pelvic floor disorders and problems, but also offer general gynecology care and treatment.
Some of the services we offer include annual well-woman visits and diagnosis and treatment for gynecological problems, such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and surgical complications.
Annual Well-Woman Visits & Exams
Q: Why do I need an annual gynecological exam?
Just like a retail store takes inventory of its products regularly, you should keep tabs on your health and act if anything seems out of the ordinary. Scheduling your annual well-woman visit is part of that process, even if you don’t have a pelvic exam every year. This appointment allows us to help you maintain your gynecological health and monitor physical and hormonal changes. But more than anything, seeing you every year will allow us to share the latest health advice with you. At The Pelvic Floor Institute, we promote preventative medicine because aging doesn’t have to come with bad health.
Q: How much does an annual well-woman visit cost?
With insurance, your annual visit can cost as little as $0. Most insurances cover preventative medicine at 100%, but if you’re not sure, call your insurance provider.
Q: Does it matter how soon I get another gynecological exam?
You can schedule a well-woman visit in our office 366 days after your last annual visit. At that time, most insurances will consider the appointment “preventative” and will cover the cost at 100%.
Q: What will happen during the annual well-woman exam?
During your annual visit at PFI, we will typically:
- Check your heart and lungs
- Give you a pelvic exam
- Review risk factors for women in your age range
- Perform the usual pap smear and breast exam
Of course, you may decline any of these services if you feel uncomfortable.
Treatment for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Q: What is heavy menstrual bleeding?
Heavy bleeding during menstruation is a gynecological issue that some women experience. Heavy menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, is defined as abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding that lasts seven or more days. Women with menorrhagia often soak through a pad or tampon every hour for at least one entire day, among experiencing other symptoms.
Q: What causes heavy bleeding during your period?
Heavy periods can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormone imbalances, medications, and even certain types of birth control. However, heavy bleeding can also be caused by conditions such as uterine fibroids or polyps, blood disorders, and problems with pregnancy.
At PFI, we can identify these issues and suggest the treatments—such as hormone balancing therapy, medications, and surgery—that will help reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Treatment for Female Pelvic Pain
Q: What is female pelvic pain?
Female pelvic pain is discomfort felt in the lower abdominal region, between the belly button and groin. Pain can be steady or intermittent. Pain may also be sharp and specific to one area of the pelvic region or dull and spread throughout the region. Sometimes, pain presents as a pressure or heaviness that occurs within the pelvis.
Q: What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain has many causes, including muscle cramping, ectopic pregnancies, inflammation or irritation of nerves, and sexual intercourse.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to pinpoint the specific reason for pelvic pain, which is why seeing the urogynecologists at The Pelvic Floor Institute is important. We’ll perform the necessary tests and exams to determine what is causing your pelvic pain and recommend treatments—such as relaxation techniques, physical therapy, Botox® injections, and medications—that should help reduce it.
Treatment for Pelvic Surgery Complications
Q: What causes complications after pelvic or gynecological surgery?
Any surgery carries the risk for complications. In addition, your age and general health can even play a role in whether you experience complications after a surgical procedure. Advances in technology and minimally invasive surgical methods have reduced the potential for complications after pelvic and gynecological surgery, but issues can still arise.
Q: What are some common complications of pelvic and gynecological surgery?
Some of the most common complications include infection, hemorrhage, and damage to pelvic organs and blood vessels.
At The Pelvic Floor Institute, we can address complications you may be experiencing after pelvic or gynecological surgery. Dr. Lennox Hoyte is a world-renowned urogynecology surgeon and pelvic floor specialist. He and the PFI staff are ready to assist you with your general gynecology concerns.