Breast cancer affects nearly 180,000 American women each year. But with education and screenings, we can detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. And, if needed, we offer some of the newest and most advanced treatments now available.
At Jordan Valley Medical Center we believe the birth of every baby is a special event. Our experienced team of doctors, nurses and other professionals are dedicated to helping your baby get the best possible start.
We offer a wide variety of events, seminars and classes tailored for women and their unique health needs.
It’s estimated that one in four women over the age of 40 experience some level of urinary incontinence. This common health issue, which many women find embarrassing to bring up (even with their doctor!), can be treated. Our pelvic floor rehabilitation treat incontinence through manual therapy, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and by instructing patients in therapeutic exercises.
Treatment is available for other pelvic floor issues (some of which may be related to urinary incontinence):
- Bowel Incontinence
- Organ Prolapse
- Postpartum Pain
- Pelvic Pain/Vulvodynia
- Coccyx (Tailbone) Pain
Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, is the second most common female surgery in the U.S. In fact, the procedure is so common that one in every three women has a hysterectomy before her 60th birthday. A hysterectomy may be performed for a number of reasons: fibroid tumors, pelvic pain, gynecologic cancer, severe endometriosis, heavy uterine bleeding, and uterine or vaginal prolapse.
Many of our gynecologists use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform this procedure in a minimally invasive fashion. The procedure involves very little pain and scarring.
Treatment of Endometriosis
The endometrium is a special tissue that lines the uterus. In women with endometriosis, this tissue grows outside of the uterus in other areas of the abdominal cavity. Endometriosis can cause pain in the lower back, pelvis, and lower abdomen – especially during menstruation when the endometrial lining is shed.
Symptoms can vary greatly from mild to severe; some women may experience no symptoms whatsoever. Common symptoms include painful periods, pain during sex, painful urination or bowel movements, bleeding between periods, and more. The gynecologists with Jordan Valley Medical Center may treat endometriosis through hormonal therapy or surgery.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Every year, health care providers see 8.1 million urinary tract infections. These infections are much more common in women than men; in fact, a woman’s lifetime risk of having a UTI is greater than 50 percent. Also, the risk of having a UTI increases in women who have had a prior infection.
While most urinary tract infections are not serious, treatment is necessary, as UTIs can cause kidney infection and other health problems. If you’re experiencing a frequent and intense urge to urinate and/or have a painful or burning sensation when urinating, let your primary care provider know, as these symptoms could be signs of a UTI. Most infections can be easily cleared up through the use of antibiotics.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a complication caused by some STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. Risk factors for developing PID include having unprotected sex, having sex with multiple partners, and using an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control. In women with pelvic inflammatory disease, bacteria spread from the vagina to the uterus and upper genital tract. Symptoms of PID include lower abdominal pain, fever, pain during sex, bleeding between periods, and burning sensation or pain during urination. Some women may have PID and experience no symptoms at all.
Birth Control Options
Women today have more birth control options than ever before. As new methods continue to reach the market, many women find that it’s increasingly difficult to research and evaluate every single contraceptive. Your doctor is here to help.
Your physician should take the time to discuss birth control options as they pertain to you. By discussing your goals, lifestyle, and health, your doctor can help you work through the decision process. Birth control options may include:
- Barrier methods, such as the male and female condom, contraceptive sponge, and diaphragm
- Hormonal methods, such as the combination pill, mini-pill, Ortho Evra, NuvaRing, or Depo-Provera
- Intrauterine Devices, such as the copper IUD and the hormonal IUD
- Permanent procedures, such as tubal ligation and Essure
Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Though education and awareness has likely prevented many cases of sexually transmitted infection and disease, STDs are still a major health issue for many sexually active women. Treatments may be available for bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, genital HPV infection, genital herpes, gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, syphilis, trichomoniasis, HIV, and other diseases.
Getting a diagnosis and beginning treatment as soon as possible is critical for patients with a sexually transmitted disease. Some STDs can lead to a “silent” infection (one without symptoms), which may cause serious health issues, such as infertility. Some STDs, such as syphilis, can cause serious complications for a pregnant woman and her unborn child, as well.
It’s important for sexually active women – especially those who have multiple partners – to get regular STD testing. Annual testing and awareness of common symptoms may help reduce the likelihood of chronic infection and long-term sexual health problems.