Facts About Your Health

Jackson Regional Women’s Center strives to meet the multiple needs of women while providing a unique level of medical practice.

Our patients know our physicians and staff and feel comfortable and secure in the quality of care they are receiving. Below are some of the issues our patients experience that we treat on a daily basis.

Thyroid

Sluggish and cold? Do you sometimes feel weak or constipated, have a decreased appetite or are losing more of your hair than normal?

These could be symptoms of thyroid disease. The thyroid produces hormones that control your metabolism.

Diagnosing thyroid problems requires a simple blood test, thyroid scan and examination by your doctor. Maybe it’s time to schedule an appointment and get your energy back!

Multiple miscarriages

Going to baby showers can be emotionally painful when you have had multiple miscarriages. In at least half of miscarriages, the cause is unknown. However, there are tests to help your doctor to determine the cause, such as hormone problems or an infection in the uterus. Future miscarriages can be prevented

Understanding abnormal pap tests

A Pap test checks for changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer. The main cause of abnormal Pap test results is infection with human papillomavirus (HPV).

HPV is very common. Usually a woman’s immune system clears the virus quickly.

Many women with some types of abnormal Pap test results do not need treatment, only follow-up testing. It is important to have regular Pap tests to detect these problems. If treatment is needed, it can be done early enough to prevent cancer before it develops.

Chronic pelvic pain

Chronic pelvic pain can disrupt sleep, work, physical activity, sexual relations — not to mention a woman’s mental and physical health. Fifteen to 20 percent of women between the ages of 18-50 have chronic pelvic pain.

It can be caused by a variety of conditions that are not always associated with the reproductive organs, but are related to the urinary tract or bowel.

Your physician will ask about your medical history and perform a physical exam, including a pelvic exam.

Because chronic pelvic pain may have a number of causes, finding the source can be a long process. Contact us about an appointment so you can start feeling better.

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Three main features characterize polycystic ovary syndrome: high levels of hormones, irregular menstrual periods and the presence of growths (cysts) on the ovaries.

The cause of PCOS is not known, but it may be hereditary. PCOS is one of the common causes of female infertility, and it can affect all areas of the body.

With proper treatment, a healthy lifestyle and regular activity, PCOS symptoms can be relieved. If you think you may have polycystic ovary syndrome, contact us for an appointment.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is the leading cause of infertility. It occurs in one out of ten women.

It is a condition in which the lining of the uterus is found on the outside of the uterus. Some women have no symptoms at all while others have pain so severe that it prevents them from doing normal activities. The most common symptoms are chronic pelvic pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.

While it is a long-term condition, endometriosis can be treated with medicine and surgery. Contact us for an appointment so you can talk to your doctor about your options for treatment.

Ovarian cysts

It is normal for small cysts to develop on the ovaries. In most cases, cysts are harmless and go away on their own.

Since some cysts can be malignant, all cysts should be examined by your doctor.

The warning signs of ovarian cancer include pelvic pain, bloating, swelling of the abdomen and unexplained weight loss.

While most cysts are harmless, your doctor will want to keep track of any cyst to monitor its growth. Many times a cyst can be found during a routine pelvic exam. Make sure you don’t miss your yearly physical exam.

Endometrial hyperplasia

Endometrial Hyperplasia occurs when the lining of the uterus becomes too thick. It is most often caused by excess estrogen without progesterone. This most often occurs after menopause when ovulation stops and progesterone is no longer made.

The most common symptom is abnormal uterine bleeding. If you are over 35 years old and you have abnormal uterine bleeding that has not been helped with medication, talk to your doctor. The two most common reasons for abnormal uterine bleeding are endometrial hyperplasia and cancer.

Endometrial hyperplasia can be treated and prevented. Contact us for an appointment so you can talk to your doctor about your options for treatment.

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