Women's Health

Annual Exams and Preventive Medicine

Whether it's your first annual exam, your first pregnancy, or your first signs of menopause, we want your initial visit to the OBGYN Group of Eastern Connecticut to be the first of many. That's why we take special care to give you first-class treatment, every time. Preventive care is key to your overall health and well being. Annual gynecological exams allow a health care provider to assess normal development of reproductive organs and to screen for certain health problems. It provides an opportunity for a woman to talk with her clinician about sexual or reproductive concerns or to discuss her general health care.

As long as breast and cervical cancer continue to threaten women's health care, it is extremely important that all women have an annual gynecologic exam. Early detection is every women's best defense against cancer. By scheduling an annual gynecological exam and an annual mammogram (age appropriate), women take a proactive stand for their health. Not only does an annual exam help maintain a healthy lifestyle, it also provides comfort and reassurance and establishes a basis to compare future test results. Women of varying ages also have specific nutritional needs. Your clinician can discuss bone health, the importance of calcium and iron, and make recommendations related to your diet, weight management, and nutritional intake.

Pelvic Exams and Pap Tests

A Pap test is a preventive measure that can detect abnormal cellular changes, precancerous, or cancerous cervical cells. The recommended Pap test schedule is based on your age and on things that increase your risk. For most women, it is best to have a Pap test every 1 to 3 years. Talk to one of our providers about when to have your first Pap test and how often you should have it. A Pap test involves obtaining cells from the cervix for examination. The sample is then sent to a lab for examination under a microscope. If the results of your Pap test are abnormal, your doctor may repeat your Pap test and conduct additional tests. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, cause most cases of cervical cancer. Today, a vaccine is available to prevent infection against the two types of HPV that are responsible for the majority of cervical cancer cases and the two types of HPV that are responsible for the majority of genital wart cases. For young women, ages 9 - 26, The OBGYN Group of Eastern Connecticut offers the HPV vaccination to protect against the common virus that may cause cervical cancer.   

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a procedure performed in some cases when a Pap test is read as abnormal. A colposcopy allows your provider to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the surrounding tissues of the vagina and vulva. Many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics that can be detected through this examination. It is performed by using a colposcope, which enhances the view of the areas, allowing the provider to visually distinguish normal from abnormal appearing tissue and take directed biopsies for further pathological examination. The main goal of colposcopy is to prevent cervical cancer by detecting precancerous lesions early and treating them. 

Affirm™ VPIII Microbial Identification Test

The Affirm™ VPIII is a DNA based probe for the simultaneous, differential detection and identification of the 3 causative agents for bacterial vaginitis. Over 90% of vaginitis infections are caused by:
• Bacterial Infections (Bacterial Vaginosis [BV]) 30-40%
• Fungal Infections (Yeast or Candida) 15-30%
• Parasitic Infections (Trichomonas vaginalis) 5-10%

BV is the most common problem in women's health care today. BV leads to over 10 million office visits and $500 million in annual health care costs. Mixed infections, those that include one or more of the causative agents, are common (over 25%) and presenting symptoms are similar, making corrective treatment difficult.

The Affirm™ VPIII allows our office to collect a single vaginal swab to simultaneously detect and identify the three most common causes of vaginitis; resulting in a more accurate diagnosis, especially in the cases of mixed infection. The Affirm™ VPIII provides a correct diagnosis after the patient's first office visit allowing appropriate therapy to be prescribed earlier during patient care. Other benefits to our patients include:
• Fewer Repeat Visits
• Reduced Medical Costs
• Reduction of Risks Associated With Untreated Vaginitis

Download Affirm PDF Brochure here.
Affirm™ is a trademark of the Becton Dickinson Company. 

Incontinence and Bladder Related Care

Nearly 13 million Americans have experienced some form of incontinence. Not only are elderly women affected. Women of any age group can suffer from bladder problems. Because of the embarrassment associated with urinary incontinence and other bladder or pelvic floor disorders, many women suffer in silence.

When simply coughing, sneezing, or even laughing cause you to lose control, it's time to take action. Fortunately, for many women, this annoying condition can often be easily corrected with a simple outpatient treatment. True, it can be difficult to talk about. But the doctors at OBGYN Group of Eastern Connecticut deal with this problem every day — and have brought relief to many women just like you. You may be surprised what we can do for you.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Research suggests that 85% of women experience at least one premenstrual symptom as part of their monthly cycle. So if you suffer from any physical or mood changes before your period, you're not alone. If you deal with any of these disruptions in your life, please know that there are things you can do from altering your diet or exercise routine to taking supplements or medications. These measures can often lessen your discomfort. If you want to talk about PMS, please make an appointment and we'll happily discuss your options with you.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections that are spread through sexual contact. STIs can be spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. They may be spread regardless of whether penetration occurs or not. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Genital Herpes (HSV-2), and HIV are a few of the more common forms of STIs. Sexually transmitted infection may or may not produce symptoms, but they can have severe consequences for women, developing babies during pregnancy, and breast feeding infants.

Some sexually transmitted infections are curable. Others are not, and may result in infertility or even death. It is important to prevent the spread of STIs and to receive prompt diagnosis and treatment if you suspect that you have been exposed to one.      RETURN TO TOP »


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