GYNECOLOGY PROBLEMS:

Abnormal Pap Smears - The pap smear checks for abnormal cells of the cervix. This allows for early treatment to protect against cancer of the cervix.

Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding - includes bleeding between periods, after intercourse, after menopause, or heavy or prolonged menstrual cycles. Dr. Sharpe will assess the cause and recommend appropriate treatment.

Breast Concerns - Different conditions of your breasts may prompt concerns for you. Issues of lumpy and tender breasts and screening for breast cancer are carefully addressed in this office. You will be educated regarding breast self-exams and mammograms, as well as having your annual doctor breast exams.

Endometriosis - is a condition in which the endometrium (tissue that lines the uterus) is found outside the uterus (such as in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or peritoneum). Symptoms include pelvic pain and infertility. We provide evaluation and treatment, both non-surgical and surgical, depending on each individual condition.

Fibroids - are an overgrowth of the muscle of the uterus. They are not cancerous but may cause pain, pelvic pressure, heavy bleeding, and infertility.

Herpes - is a sexually transmitted virus that causes painful blisters. Medications are available to shorten the length of the outbreak and help reduce discomfort.

HPV - Human Papilloma Virus - is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and increase the risk of cervical cancer. Correct evaluation and education greatly reduces your risk of complications from this.

Infertility - is the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse. This concern is dealt with in a sensitive and personalized approach tailored to you.

Ovarian Cysts - are fluid-filled sacs on the ovary. These are common, and most are harmless and resolve on their own. Frequently they are monitored by exams, ultrasounds, and sometimes need surgical intervention.

Painful Menstrual Cycles - Dysmenorrhea is the most commonly reported menstrual disorder. Menstrual cramps can be relieved with pain medications or hormonal medications, such as birth control pills. Lifestyle changes may also help, such as exercise, getting enough sleep, and relaxation techniques.

Painful Intercourse - is not uncommon and may be a sign of a gynecologic problem. Various causes for this exist, and a careful evaluation can help you relieve pain and anxiety associated with this.

Pelvic Infections - Pelvic Inflammatory Disease occurs when bacteria move from the vagina and cervix upward into the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. The bacteria can lead to long-term issues if this is not treated promptly.

Post-Menopausal Bleeding - may be a sign of a medical problem that needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Careful diagnosis can lead to effective treatment and cure.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome - PMS - is the recurrence of physical or mood changes during the days before menstruation. These may affect your normal life and symptoms may be relieved by changes in lifestyle, diet, and or medication.

Prevention and Treatment of STD's - Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that are spread by sexual contact. These may cause discomfort, vaginal discharge, pain, or damage your body. Those caused by bacteria are treated with antibiotics, and those caused by viruses need to have symptoms treated. There are also ways to reduce your risk of STD's.

Urinary Tract Infections - are due to bacteria which enter your bladder and may cause burning or frequency of urination. These should be evaluated promptly and treated correctly, as the infections may radiate upwards to your kidneys, worsening your symptoms.

Vaginal Infections - are frequently due to changes in the balance of yeast and bacteria that normally live in the vagina. Appropriate diagnosis enables proper treatment, which depends on the cause of the vaginitis.