As the largest center for women’s health in the region, our team is well versed in every gynecologic condition. Our doctors, surgeons, nurses and support staff bring together specialized training and experience from several fields to provide comprehensive care.
Women’s Health: Conditions We Treat
Our teams provide personalized care to treat the full array of women’s health conditions, including:
Breast exams and mammography evaluate breast lumps and changes to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. But your breast health doesn’t end there. As you go through life, you might experience breast infections and other symptoms that our gynecology specialists can address.
This painful condition, the main cause of infertility in women, is uterine tissue that grows outside the uterus. Our doctors can help you manage symptoms of endometriosis such as painful periods, heavy menstrual flow and fatigue. Depending on your specific needs, surgery may be an option to treat endometriosis. Learn more about minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, offered by our experienced gynecologic surgeons.
Often called “the change of life,” menopause occurs when a woman stops having menstrual periods. It’s a natural process triggered by declining hormone levels. Our specialists can perform a simple blood test to determine whether you are in perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause. We offer treatments to help manage various symptoms including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Pelvic pain can be sudden and severe or ongoing sensations that come and go or remain constant for months. Our gynecology specialists perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine the cause of pelvic pain. We develop a personalized treatment plan to address the condition and relieve your symptoms.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS, a hormone disorder affecting women of childbearing age, prevents normal ovulation. The condition triggers cysts to grow in the ovaries and release male hormones. Our gynecologists offer several treatment options to treat PCOS, depending on your age, overall health and desire to become pregnant.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
STDs are infectious diseases passed through sexual contact. You can prevent STDs through proper protection methods, which we can provide information about. If you think you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, it’s important to get tested. Our doctors offer many treatments, from antibiotics to ongoing management of a chronic disease, for all types of STDs.
Fibroids are tumors, almost always benign (noncancerous), that develop in the uterus. Uterine fibroids can cause symptoms such as pelvic pain, heavy periods and abnormal bleeding between periods. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, our specialists provide a variety of treatments to manage symptoms or remove fibroids using minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Gynecologic Conditions
It’s important to talk to your gynecologist if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms or changes in your body. We can successfully treat and manage symptoms for many conditions.
If left untreated, some gynecologic conditions can worsen and develop into more serious complications. Recognizing gynecologic problems helps you understand when it’s time to see a doctor.
To make an appointment with a Washington University gynecologist at the Women & Infants Center, call 855.925.0631.