Gynecologist in Raleigh, NC
Regular gynecology or wellness exams are part of every stage of a woman’s life. At Blue Ridge OB/GYN, our medical team specializes in gynecology services for women in Raleigh, NC and other parts of the Triangle. Many women begin consulting with a gynecologist in their early teens, and go on to attend well-women clinics for general female health issues. We understand that these are delicate and personal experiences, and we treat everyone with empathy and understanding.
Why You Should See a Gynecologist
We recommend visiting your gynecologist annually for a general health check, as well as any time you have symptoms that concern you. Gynecologists should be certified and registered with a professional institution such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Our healthcare providers offer patients a wide range of gynecology services, including:
- Annual well-woman gynecologic examinations, which keep you healthy throughout your life. These exams encompass everything from menstrual disorders to fertility counseling, contraception advice and menopausal care
- PAP smear tests, which can result in normal or abnormal results. Getting an abnormal result is concerning, and our medical team is here to explain the results to you, provide you with information for addressing the result and identify the next steps with you
- Screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and confidential treatment for any positive results received
- Treatment of uterine fibroids, which are uncomfortable and painful. If you’re experiencing symptoms like spotting between periods, pelvic pain or difficulty emptying your bladder, there are several methods for identifying and managing fibroids
We also offer cancer screening, diagnosis and treatments for endometriosis, urinary incontinence, pelvic infection, infertility, menopause, pelvic prolapse, and most other conditions that affect the female reproductive system throughout your child-bearing years and beyond.
What to Expect at the Gynecologist
Most consultations begin with a physical exam, which includes a comprehensive breast exam, a PAP smear test for cervical cancer signs and HPV screening. These are followed by STD screening and counseling if needed, and discussion and choice of birth control options. If the placement of a contraceptive implant device is required, it is arranged to take place at a follow-up visit.
We’ll discuss your reproductive health and make note of any future plans to have children. For women approaching and in menopause, our practitioners will evaluate your health and discuss your options for symptom relief and general wellness.
If abnormal cells are identified through your PAP test, we may recommend you undergo one of the following procedures in our office:
- Colposcopy to identify any precancerous changes in your cervix, vagina or vulva
- LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) to remove abnormal cells to test for cervical precancer and prevent cervical cancer
If you experience abnormal bleeding, we may perform:
- Hysteroscopy, to diagnose and treat problems affecting your uterus or the causes of abnormal bleeding
- Endometrial Ablation, to remove the uterine lining and stop the menstrual flow if heavy bleeding is present
We also treat women with pelvic floor disorders including urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse, recommending nonsurgical treatments whenever possible. If surgery is recommended, operations are performed at either WakeMed North or Duke Raleigh Hospital. We are experts in minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries using robotic technology, which is a technique resulting in smaller scars, less pain, and faster recovery.
For patients who are already pregnant, we offer prenatal care to prepare you for delivery. During your first pregnancy visit, we will confirm your pregnancy test, and counsel you on how to take care of yourself as your baby grows. Counseling includes nutrition advice and information on which medications are safe to take during pregnancy.
You’ll undergo first trimester sonograms and help with developing your birth plan, whether that means planning for a natural birth or including the use of medications and pain-relief during your delivery. We partner with you throughout your pregnancy and deliver babies at WakeMed North Family Health and Women’s Hospital in Raleigh. We also take care of women with a high-risk pregnancy, and partner with specialists who can help ensure you have a healthy, safe delivery.
If you are planning to become pregnant, or are having difficulty getting pregnant, our obstetricians can identify any medical issues preventing conception. If the problem is more complex, we can refer you to the Duke Fertility Center to pinpoint the cause of infertility and offer appropriate treatment options.