Menstrual Disorders

Gynecology

Menstrual Disorders

Many women suffer from menstrual disorders that can turn a monthly period into a major inconvenience. These disorders, such as PMS, heavy bleeding or cramping can make life miserable. There are effective solutions to many of these problems.

It’s time to take control if heavy bleeding is ruling your life. Medication can frequently work wonders. For other women, an 8 minute out-patient procedure called Endometrial Ablation, which prevents the growth and shedding of the uterine lining, can permanently reduce or eliminate a messy period.

Menopause & Hormone Replacement

Menopause indicates the end of the menstrual cycle when the ovaries stop producing eggs and hormone production falls, which usually occurs between the ages of 45 to 55. This natural change brings about physical and emotional effects as your body adjusts to the changes. Some women may experience irregular bleeding, hot flashes, insomnia and depression. Treatment for menopausal symptoms can include hormone therapy and a balanced diet. Natural treatments and symptom-related treatments are also available.

Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a common condition that involves bone loss and can lead to fractures and height loss. It occurs much more frequently in women, especially after menopause, affecting one out of every two women over the age of 65. Although it may not cause any symptoms, osteoporosis can lead to bone fractures from simple everyday activities.

We offer an in-office exam (DEXA) which can accurately measure your bone density. Dr. Powell can help you choose the best prevention methods to avoid the potential damage that osteoporosis can cause.

Contraceptives

Choosing the right contraceptive is an important decision that many women must make. Dr. Powell can help you understand the advantages of each kind and which one would work best for you and your partner. Some of the factors to consider include frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness of each type. It is important to take into account your lifestyle, age, health and previous experiences before making a decision.

For example, the Intrauterine Device (IUD) offers women great protection, over 99% effective, for as long as 10 years. In addition, women who choose the Mirena IUD usually experience much lighter periods.

Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control that involves surgically blocking or cutting the fallopian tubes to stop egg fertilization. This out-patient procedure is performed laparoscopically to minimize scarring and recovery time. You will probably be able to return to work the next day. Postpartum tubal ligation can also be performed right after childbirth. Tubal ligation is considered a safe procedure with little to no side effects and a very small risk of complications.

Tubal Ligation Reversal

For those who have undergone a tubal ligation procedure and later changed their minds, tubal ligation reversal is available. This procedure, also known as tubal reanastamosis, reconnects the separated fallopian tubes, allowing eggs to travel into the uterus and become fertilized. The success of this procedure is not guaranteed and depends on the type of original procedure. But, we’ve helped many couples to conceive again.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

We are proud to offer the latest out-patient laparoscopic and endoscopic technology for many of our surgical procedures. This allows for more accurate procedures with an optimal visual field that are performed through smaller incisions or no incisions resulting in less pain and a faster return to regular activities. Minimally invasive surgical techniques can be used to diagnose and treat problems including pelvic pain, endometriosis, abnormal bleeding and for hysterectomies.

Infertility Treatment

Infertility is a common problem among couples trying to conceive and can be caused by a variety of different factors. Dr. Powell understands the frustration and importance of infertility and will work with you and your partner to help you conceive. The best infertility treatment depends on each patient’s individual condition but can include medication or artificial insemination.

If you have been trying to become pregnant for longer than a year or have suffered repeated miscarriages, you should see Dr. Powell.