Well-Woman Gynecologic Care
The Well-Woman Care and Adolescent Gynecology Program, a division of The Gynecology Center at Mercy, provides expertise in routine gynecologic care, minimally invasive treatment options, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery, as well as traditional surgical techniques. Our physicians treat a wide variety of gynecologic issues that may occur from the early years of adolescence through post-menopausal years.
Dr. Christine O'Connor is the Director of Mercy's Well-Woman and Adolescent Gynecology Program. Well-Woman Care visits typically give a woman and her doctor the opportunity to learn about changes that may have occurred since a previous visit. Important topics that may be discussed include, weight loss or gain; pains, aches or symptoms that are new and bothersome; a review of current medications, vitamins and supplements, as well as a thorough clinical examination. A thorough clinical examination is based on established and appropriate guidelines and often includes height, weight, an internal pelvic exam, Pap smear test, clinical breast exam and a review of the patient's medical history.
Advocates for Women's Health
Dr. O'Connor and Mercy's team of gynecologists encourage women to be pro-active health advocates and good healthcare role models to young girls, girlfriends, daughters, co-workers and other family members. Routine visits to the gynecologists, breast self exams (BSEs), annual physicals and getting the proper vaccinations are important steps in the care and prevention of disease. Early detection saves lives and good GYN care should begin when a girl begins puberty and never stop. Following age-specific guidelines that will continue through the rest of her life is an all-important measure to a healthier lifestyle.
The Adolescent Gynecology Program provides young women, beginning at age 12, access to routine gynecologic care and health education. Patients can address issues such as dysmennorhea, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, polycystic ovarian disease and the most difficult of gynecologic conditions. The physicians of the Well-Woman Care and Adolescent Gynecology Program at Mercy also encourage proper health practices by offering health screenings and counseling for women facing obesity, drug use, tobacco use, alcohol abuse and clinical depression.
This first GYN visit for an adolescent may not necessitate a pelvic exam, but is an important time in a young woman's life to establish a comfortable relationship with her physician. Annual examinations are tailored to fit each woman's individual needs based on age, family and personal health history.
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