It is recommended that women by the age of 21 see an OB/GYN physician to have a baseline exam that evaluates breast health, the reproductive organs and female hormones that affect overall health.
If you are having any of the following symptoms, see your OB/GYN provider:
If you think you may be pregnant (for instance, you have missed your period), the OB/GYN provides obstetrical services include pregnancy testing, obstetrical consultations, prenatal care, and the medical management and care at all stages of the pregnancy.
If you are having problems getting pregnant, talk to your OB/GYN about infertility concerns. Women with complex medical conditions (diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.) can impact a healthy pregnancy. Our OB/GYNs have access to a multi-disciplinary group of Maternal Fetal Medicine and genetic specialists and other CVD and Gynecologic-Oncology physician specialists that can help you.
At St. Vincent we focus on the total health of you and your baby. Together we will put a personalized birth plan in place that extends after the labor and delivery and into the home. For more information about St. Vincent Maternity Services program click here.
Starting at puberty, women undergo a range of body changes that usher in a lifelong relationship with their gynecologist. Abnormal bleeding, pregnancies, fibroids, menopause (and everything in between) often affect other aspects of a woman’s health. St. Vincent Carmel Women’s Center brings together cross-functional teams and integrated processes to eliminate needless steps or delays for patient care.
"The concept of the Women's Center is taking OB/GYN, maternal fetal services and internal medicine, combining expertise in different areas — bone health, cardiology, cancer and others — to examine how issues and processes affect women."
Stefanie Flora, MD, OB/GYN, co-medical director of the St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center
“Each provider has unique skills, and we all work together so patients get the best of everyone’s strengths. Patients should know we’re not just a nice building. At the St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center, women can expect very efficient, compassionate care.”Christopher Mernitz, MD, OB/GYN
Menopause is a natural part of life. While most women go through this change in their early 50s, many women are starting to experience menopause even earlier. Knowing what to expect can help you transition through this challenging time. A recent U.S. study found that the average number of years that women complained of moderate to severe hot flashes was 10.2 years.
Hormone therapy remains the most effective treatment for hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms) in otherwise healthy women. Lower-dose formulations of estrogen and progesterone reduce risks and have fewer side effects. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that you use the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time.
There are alternative holistic treatments. For more information go to Center for Wellness Medicine.
According to the North American Menopause Society, for women who have had a hysterectomy, using estrogen only will help with hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis. The benefit/risk ratio is lower since you are using only estrogen, and you may be able to stay on estrogen for a longer period of time.
Our pelvic health specialists also help women who experience chronic and painful vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
Ask your OB/GYN about Uterine Fibroids (UF). One in five women have fibroids. Having an annual female physicals helps in the early detection of UF. They are treatable. Uterine fibroids are slow-growing, non-malignant tumors that grow in the wall, muscle, just under the lining, or on the outside of the uterus. This condition can significantly affect a woman’s quality of life, typically during the reproductive years.
During menopause uterine fibroids tend to decrease in size, if not disappear.
When fibroids begin to affect your quality of life, several types of treatment are available based on your age, health, severity of symptoms, the type of fibroid, whether you are pregnant, and fertility expectations.
A gynecologist is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids.
Medication therapies (including birth control pills) -- to help manage irregular periods and heavy bleeding.
Hysteroscopy – a type of endoscopy that enables the doctor to see and remove fibroids that are inside of the lining of the uterus. The procedure also may help stop irregular bleeding that fibroids sometimes cause.
Myomectomy – the surgical removal of the fibroid(s).