Aug 07

Women's Health Professionals OBGYN Albany, GA TeamWomen's Health Professionals | OBGYN Albany, GA

What insurance plans does your practice accept?

We accept most insurance plans from major providers. Most recently, we began accepting all plans from United Health Care.

What is the difference between being treated by a nurse practitioner and a physician?

Nurse Practitioners are otherwise known as “physician extenders.” They work under and in collaboration with supervising physicians. They are very well adapted to routine gynecologic exams, treatment, and follow up of minor to moderate problems.. They will often refer a patient to their supervising physician for conditions that warrant.

Why should I consider using a midwife?

At Women’s Health Professional,  we have a collaborative practice, meaning that the midwife and physicians share the same patients and work side by side in providing care. The advantage of using a practice that incorporates a midwife is that she, in general, is able to give more time and education at each visit.  For example, during the course of a pregnancy, a patient may approach the subject of breast-feeding or want to talk more in-depth about what can be expected during delivery. Our midwife, Lynette Talley, is able to provide a very personal touch to the patients’ prenatal care.

When I come in for a regular, annual physical, what can I expect? What tests do you typically run?

An annual gynecological exam consists of an examination of several body systems including one’s heart, lungs, abdomen and thyroid as well a breast exam and pelvic exam. In addition, routine measurement of weight and blood pressure are also incorporated. Routine test that are done at each visit include a urine analysis and hemoglobin/blood count. Other testing may electively be done depending on the circumstances including cholesterol, thyroid function and chemistries.

What type of birth control is most effective?

Of course, abstinence is the most effective form of birth control. Aside from abstinence, the predominate type of birth control used are oral contraceptives, often called “the pill.” These are quite effective when used as prescribed. They have the added benefit of making a woman’s period very predictable, light and shorter than a normal period.

The most effective form of reversible contraception that we have is the mirena IUD. These are also quite popular and that they decrease menstrual flow remarkably. They can also be removed at any time and can be used for up to 5 years. Often, when the 5 years have passed, we will remove the old IUD and replace it with a new one.

At what age should my daughter begin seeing a gynecologist?

Young women should start seeing a gynecologist at any point they begin having female-related health issues. This could be as early as childhood or when their periods begin. Pediatricians often refer patients to us for abnormalities, delayed or premature sexual development. Routine examinations should begin when women become sexually active or at the age of 18.

At what age or stage of life should a woman get an annual physical and pap smear?

Annual physicals should begin at approximately 18 or when a woman becomes sexually active. At Women’s Health Professionals, we begin performing pap smears on our patients when they reach the age of 21.

Is it normal to urinate a little bit when I sneeze or cough? Is there treatment to prevent this problem?

Urinary incontinence is a very common occurrence. Typically, it’s the “stress” type of incontinence that causes a person to loose urine with coughing, sneezing or certain types of other movements. This condition is especially common after child birth.

Today, we offer highly effective yet minimally invasive procedures with excellent cure rates that treat this problem.  Women should be sure to let their gynecologists know if they are experiencing such a problem so the issues can be corrected earlier rather than later in life.

How long does it take to get pregnant once a couple stops using any form of birth control?

Pregnancy can occur sometimes within a cycle or two after discontinuing birth control: 50% of couples will be pregnant at 5-6 months, 90% of couples will be pregnant by the end of the year. If a couple has tried to achieve pregnancy and has not conceived within a year, it is probably best to undergo an evaluation because, in all likelihood, a problem does exist.

At what age does the average woman go through menopause?

Menopause is defined as the absence of a period for 6 months. The average age a women go through menopause is between 51 and 52 years old.

After a woman has completed the menopausal stage of her life, does she still need to see a gynecologist?

At Women’s Health Professionals, we strongly recommend routine yearly gynecologic exams even for postmenopausal patients.  It is not unusal for these women to develop other gynecologic problems such as postmenopausal bleeding, prolapse of the pelvic organs and urinary incontinence.

Will my doctor be the same doctor who delivers my baby?

Our practice is a collaborative one, meaning that patients will typically rotate among the practitioners so that they are able to become acquainted with all  three physicians as well as our nurse midwife. Under most circumstances, the physician or midwife on call, if desired and available, will be present for the delivery.

Other than hysterectomy, what ob/gyn surgical procedures can the da Vinci® robot be used for?

The da Vinci® robot enables us to perform other procedures than hysterectomy. The most common example is myomectomy or the removal of fibroid tumors from the uterus while still preserving the uterus. The procedure in the past had to be done through an open incision and required a hospital stay of 2 to 3 days and a recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks. With the da Vinci® systems, we are able to remove the tumors laparoscopically, so the procedure is now done outpatient and requires a recovery time of perhaps 2 weeks.

If I am interested in using herbal supplements or other forms of natural medicine, will your practice work with me on integrating these into the treatment my health practitioner prescribes?

Women’s Health Professionals understands that there are numerous natural health practices that patients can use effectively. If you are interested in herbal supplements or other types of natural medicine, one of our health practioners will gladly discuss various options with you.