If you suffer from sexual dysfunction, you are not alone. This is not a problem to be ashamed of. Help is available. Our gynecologist is capable of treating all different types of sexual dysfunctions.
The Basics of Sexual Dysfunction
The treatment of a sexual dysfunction begins with a visit with a medical professional. The patient’s current medications and health conditions will be noted. It is possible these conditions and/or medications are responsible for the sexual dysfunction. Numerous treatment options are available. The ideal treatment hinges on the patient’s willingness to tolerate potential risks, her unique sexual goals and her partner’s preferences. Female sexual dysfunction is often best treated with a combined approach that addresses emotional issues as well as medical issues.
In some instances, talking and listening to one’s partner, practicing specific lifestyle habits and obtaining counseling solves the problem. Certain women find using a lubricant or a device for stimulation eliminates the dysfunction. Medical treatment is available in the form of prescription medication. Premenopausal women who have a low sexual desire often benefit from flibanserin, also known as Addyi. Sexual dysfunction tied to hormonal changes is commonly treated with estrogen therapy or androgen therapy.
Your gynecologist can conduct STD testing to determine if you have a sexually transmitted disease. If you are sexually active, you should be tested for STDs on a regular basis. Of particular concern is human papillomavirus or HPV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your gynecologist can test for each of these STDs. The test is simple. A genital swab is obtained or a blood test is administered. The early detection of STDs is essential to preventing pelvic inflammatory disease.
This is an infection that spreads from the cervix to the ovaries, uterus and Fallopian tubes. Over one million American women develop this disease each year. It is the most common preventable cause of infertility in our country. STDs also have the potential to lead to cancer, birth defects and death.
The STI test determines if the patient has a sexually transmitted infection. This is a painless and quick test. It should be conducted even if symptoms have not manifested. Those who are sexually active should have a STI screening on a regular basis. It is especially prudent to have a STI test conducted if your partner or you have had a condom break or fall off when having sex, if you are beginning a new sexual relationship or if you share injecting equipment.
The STI test involves an examination of your external genital area. An STI screening can also involve an examination of the interior of your mouth or anus for signs of STIs. A vaginal swab might be performed with a cotton bud. In some instances, a urine sample is necessary. Certain STIs like HIV, syphilis and hepatitis require a blood sample to be taken from the arm. It takes about a week for results to arrive.
Ovarian Cyst Treatment
The treatment for ovarian cysts depends on the patient’s age as well as her symptoms and the size/type of the cyst. In some cases, watchful waiting is the best approach. The patient can wait and have the cyst re-examined to determine if it will go away on its own after a month or two. Hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills will help prevent ovarian cysts from returning. Yet birth control pills won’t shrink the cyst.
Though certain cysts can be removed without taking out the ovary, it might be prudent to remove the ovary. Surgery to remove the cyst is only an option for cysts that are large, do not appear to be functional and remain across several menstrual cycles. It is also possible to use oral contraceptives to halt ovulation and stop new cysts from forming.
A hysterectomy is an operation that removes the uterus. This operation is performed for a variety of reasons including abnormal vaginal bleeding, uterine fibroids that induce pain, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, a uterine prolapse or adenomyosis. This term refers to a thickening of the uterus. If a patient has cancer of the cervix or ovaries a hysterectomy will be performed. A hysterectomy for noncancerous sites is only considered if alternative treatment approaches have been exhausted.
A subtotal hysterectomy involves the removal of the upper portion o the uterus. A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus along with the cervix. A radical hysterectomy involves the removal of the entire uterus along with tissue on its sides, the top portion of the vagina and the cervix. This is only performed if cancer is present.
If you would like to learn more about gynecologist and the various treatments we provide, call 732-504-6917 to schedule a consultation.