OBGYN Specialists

Overview

At Aurora Health Care, our OBGYN specialists offer the latest methods and treatments to address your unique health care needs – now, and for your life. Our gynecologists offer compassionate, cutting-edge care in areas like routine gynecology, gynecological cancer screenings, Pap smears, STD testing, family planning, ovarian cysts, and more.

What to Expect

Getting a routine gynecology examination is one of the best ways to protect your health. During a routine exam, your doctor can answer any questions you may have related to gynecological issues, reproduction, fertility, menstruation and menopause. Routine gynecological exams often involve breast exams, pelvic exams and STD testing.

A pelvic exam may involve 3 to 4 different procedures depending on your health and age. These include:

  • A speculum exam – Your doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina. This device helps to widen the vagina so it’s easier for your doctor to see your cervix.
  • A Pap smear – During a Pap smear, your doctor will insert a small plastic spatula or brush into the vagina to collect cervical cells for testing. A Pap smear can help detect infections, abnormalities, and pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
  • A bimanual exam – Your gynecologist will insert two fingers into the vagina to check the size, shape, and placement of your organs.

You may experience mild discomfort when the speculum is inserted, or when cells are collected during the Pap smear. If you experience any pain, tell your doctor. Routine gynecology examinations usually take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

Services & Treatment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends a Pap smear every 3 years for women between the ages of 21 and 29. Women from 30 to 64 should also get a Pap smear every 3 years, or a Pap smear with an HPV (human papillomavirus) test every 5 years. If you're over 64, ask your doctor if you need to keeping getting Pap smears.

Some women may need to get Pap smears more frequently. If you have had abnormal Pap smears in the past, have HPV, precancerous cells, cervical cancer, or other health issues, talk to your doctor about getting tested more frequently.

In addition to Pap smears, your OB GYN can perform or recommend a variety of preventive screenings and services, including:

  • Breast biopsy
  • Cervical biopsy
  • Colposcopy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Fetal heart monitoring
  • Fetal ultrasound
  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • STD testing
  • Tubal ligation

The tests and procedures you need will depend on your age, current health, and health history. Talk to your OBGYN about which gynecological tests and procedures are right for you.

Obstetrics

In addition to comprehensive gynecological care, your OB/GYN can serve as your advocate before, during, and after pregnancy.

Our obstetricians can:

  • Help you plan your pregnancy
  • Give conception and fertility advice
  • Perform prenatal testing and procedures
  • Help with high-risk pregnancy and complications
  • Help you create a birth plan that’s right for you

Your OBGYN can also connect you with maternity resources, including midwife services, childbirth and parenting classes, lactation services and postpartum care, and our birthing centers.

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