Gynecology clinic Alexandria, LA treating menopause

Breast Cancer Recovery

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What does, “getting back to normal” after breast cancer mean? Recovery often takes a long time, a lot of rest, and discipline, recovering from breast cancer is no different. While the cancer treatment is done, there is still more to consider. The team at Alexandria Women's Center is here to help you during your Breast Cancer Recovery.

It can be exceedingly difficult to find out what you need to do on your own to stay comfortable and healthy. Some aftereffects of chemotherapy can leave you feeling fatigued, as well as requiring a change in diet and demanding exercise. The important thing to remember is that after going through chemotherapy and battling cancer, that your body will not just snap back to normal. Recovery takes time and work. A lot of Breast Cancer Recovery patients struggle with difficulty remembering things throughout the day as well as feeling more fatigued. Alexandria Women’s Center is dedicated to helping you recover in the best way possible and helping you along the way. Learning how to recover is difficult and should not be managed alone. Schedule a consultation with one of our physicians today.

Learn more about Detecting and Treating Breast Problems.

Family Planning

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Patient education and pregnancy prevention counseling and help you choose birth control methods appropriate for you.

Types of family planning include:

  • Barrier Methods
  • Hormonal Contraception
  • Birth control pills
  • Injections
  • Vaginal ring
  • Skin patch
  • Natural family planning
  • Intrauterine device
  • Withdrawal
  • Sterilization

Barrier methods are when you use a device to bar the introduction of sperm to the eggs; this is effective when used the correct way every time you have sex. With Hormonal birth control, you are taking a hormone that prevents ovulation. The most popular method of birth control is the birth control pill, which contain the hormones of estrogen and progestin. There are a few different types of injections, one type is the DMPA which can prevent pregnancy for up to 3 months. The vaginal ring is a ring that is worn for 21 days and releases both estrogen and progestin continuously. The contraceptive skin patch is a small adhesive patch that is worn on the skin to prevent pregnancy. Natural family planning is a method of birth control that does not involve the use of hormones, but rather by using abstinence or fertility awareness. IUD’s are small plastic devices that are left inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Another form of natural family planning is withdrawal, which prevents pregnancy by not allowing the sperm to be released into the woman’s vagina.

None of these methods can ensure completely that you will not become pregnant. A more permanent option is sterilization, which is a surgical option for both men and women by permanently blocking the pathways of egg and sperm.

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Menopause and Post Menopause Management

Menopause and Post Menopause Management alexandria la

Menopause can happen between your 40s or 50s and will be officially diagnosed by a doctor after you have gone at least 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause is a natural process that occurs as you age, but the symptoms can be very disruptive. Women approaching menopause may experience some or none of the following classic symptoms due to decreasing levels of estrogen:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Interrupted sleep or insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Loss of concentration or memory
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness

Alexandria Women's Center can help your menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms. As a certified BioTE® practitioner, we offer hormone pellet therapy to help women in Alexandria, Louisiana balance their hormones naturally. The BioTE® method can help regulate many of the body's key functions and provide numerous benefits to our Alexandria patients. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of menopause the experienced doctors at our women's health clinic can test your current hormone levels. Based on the comprehensive consultation and thorough blood work panels determination will be made if you are a BioTe® pellet therapy candidate.

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Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment

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Alexandria Women's Center offers screening using Bone densitometry technology, a very simple and painless method of measuring bone mass by use of X-ray technology. A bone density test will help your doctor determine if you have osteoporosis by using X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and minerals in a segment of bone. It is important to be screened so that decreases in bone density can be identified before a bone is broken, and treatments can be started to reduce the risk of a bone being broken in the future. Your doctor may recommend a bone density test if he suspects a patient has developed osteoporosis.

A patient may be recommended to be screened for the following risk factors:

  • Loss of height - A loss of several inches in height may indicate compression fractures in the spine
  • Fractured Bone - osteoporosis causes very fragile bones that are easily broken
  • Drop in hormone levels - Lowered hormone levels can weaken bones and contribute to osteoporosis
  • Taken certain drugs - Some medications such as steroids can lead to osteoporosis

Learn more about How to prepare for a bone density test

Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Pelvic reconstructive surgery/urogynecology

One of the most significant recent events is the recognition of pelvic reconstructive surgery/urogynecology as an important subspecialty. This surgery repairs weakened layers of the pelvic floor using absorbable stitches or, if required, a reinforcement material such as mesh to strengthen the pelvic floor. Our experienced surgeons use advanced minimally invasive technology and techniques to ensure our patients recover quickly with minimized pain.

Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery may be recommended for the following conditions:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Post-hysterectomy prolapse
  • Bowel problems
  • Overactive bladder syndrome

Indivualized Care

If you come to our Women's health clinic with a pelvic floor disorder you will receive comprehensive and compassionate care tailored to your needs. We offer urodynamic studies for the diagnosis and management of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. These studies are performed discretely and privately by certified RNs and are professionally interpreted by Board Certified Urogynecologists. Our program allows our physicians, in conjunction with Urogynecologists, to readily formulate and advise of the correct medical or surgical intervention for your specific condition. The population of postmenopausal women is increasing, and our physicians at Alexandria Women's Center are on the cutting edge of surgical technology.

Preconception Consulting

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If you are interested in starting a family in the near future, Alexandria Women's Center can help. Preconception Counseling is done to assess risks and provide information on how to better avoid complications with the pregnancy. We are hoping to help you avoid some of the risks such as: folic acid intake to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and counseling on smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, and medications that may compromise fetal development. If you are contemplating having a child, you should schedule a consultation today to discuss your medical history and ways to prime your body for pregnancy. The best time to seek Preconception consulting is 6-3 months before the child is conceived. This allows us to manage the risks to your pregnancy that are within control.

Preconception Consulting is done for the health of the woman who is pregnant, as well as the future baby. The better prepared you are for your pregnancy the healthier and less risky It will be overall. It is important to have your medical history for the Preconception Consultant to better prepare you for your upcoming pregnancy.

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Premenopausal Health Care

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Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 1 year. The average age of menopause is 51 years, but the normal range is 45 years to 55 years.

The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause. This term means, "around menopause." This phase can last for up to 10 years. During perimenopause, shifts in hormone levels can affect ovulation and cause changes in the menstrual cycle. Although the menstrual period may become irregular during perimenopause, you should be alert for abnormal bleeding, which can signal a problem not related to perimenopause. Signs may include the following:

  • Very heavy bleeding
  • Bleeding that lasts longer than normal
  • Bleeding that occurs more often than every 3 weeks
  • Bleeding that occurs after sex or between periods.

To diagnose the cause of abnormal perimenopausal bleeding or bleeding after menopause, your women's health doctor will review your personal and family health history. Your doctor will also perform a physical exam to provide the best in personalized health care. You also may have one or more of the following tests:

  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Transvaginal ultrasound
  • Sonohysterography
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Dilation and curettage (D&C).

STD Studies

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AWC offers testing for men and women. Many STDs can cause irreversible damage, including infertility, if left unchecked. Schedule your confidential test today.

Wellness Examinations

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Our gynecologist clinic offers routine gynecological exams that include: Medical history review with a clinician, Blood pressure and weight check, Breast exam, Pelvic exam, Chlamydia / Gonorrhea screen, Pap test.

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