It's that time of the month...again!
Women who are busy with career and family sometimes put off taking care of themselves. Perhaps you’re one of them. If you’re living with pelvic pain or excessive menstrual bleeding, or if you want to prevent pregnancy or treat infertility, our OB-GYN specialists will listen to you and understand your needs before suggesting possible surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. If you’ve already tried nonsurgical options without success, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery may be the answer. If surgery is recommended, don’t worry about a lengthy recovery. Today’s laparoscopic procedures use small incisions that heal quickly. You’ll soon be feeling better.
Menopause, which typically affects women ages 40 to 59, often causes irregular periods. For women who have severe menopausal symptoms, physicians can prescribe medications to ease their discomfort. Depending on the individual’s health history, the doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy, estrogen cream for vaginal dryness or hormone-free medications for hot flashes.
Other causes and treatments
Stress, significant weight gain or loss, thyroid disease, anemia, hormonal imbalances, fibroids, polyps or endometrial cancer can also be the cause of irregular periods. Depending on the diagnosis, recommended treatments might include life-style changes, medications, and nonsurgical or surgical gynecologic procedures.
If surgery is necessary, providers at Fairview hospitals, clinics and independent affiliated obstetricians and gynecologists offer several gynecologic surgery options. They provide minimally invasive (little or no cutting or scarring) laparoscopic hysterectomies, vaginal slings and permanent birth control along with robot-assisted surgeries for your complete gynecologic needs. “I believe that all aspects of an individual — physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual — should be taken into account when determining the best treatment plan,” says Dr. Eckhardt .
From breast health to OB-GYN concerns, heart health to osteoporosis, Fairview offers comprehensive coordinated health services for women of all ages. Our dedicated women’s health specialists deliver preventive care, including annual screenings and expert, individualized care through all stages of a woman’s life.
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