PCOS Q & A
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common endocrine disorder that causes a hormonal imbalance in about 10% of women in their childbearing years. PCOS often prevents the development of your eggs or their release from your ovaries.
When your ovaries don’t function properly to release the eggs, cysts form. The cysts cause you to have irregular or unusually heavy periods.
PCOS is a leading cause of infertility because of its interference with ovulation. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, PCOS may be the reason why.
Colposcopy Q & A
A colposcopy is a minimally invasive test that Dr. Novac uses to get a closer look at your cervix, vulva, and vagina after an abnormal Pap smear. Using a colposcope, a magnifying device with a light, he’s able to further evaluate abnormalities.
Contraception Q & A
A Pap smear, often called a Pap test, is a screening that Dr. Novac uses to check for abnormal cell changes on your cervix, which could mean there’s a problem. The test gets its name from the man who created it, George Papanicolaou. It’s recommended for women between the ages of 21 and 65.
Because abnormal cell changes can be a sign of precancerous conditions or that cervical cancer has developed, the Pap smear is a crucial component of your gynecological health care.
Dr. Novac can also use a Pap smear to test for certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as HPV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
Endometriosis Q & A
You have a specific type of tissue called endometrial tissue that grows inside your uterus. Your body sheds this tissue that lines your uterus during your monthly menstrual cycle.
Endometriosis is a painful condition that occurs when your endometrial tissue begins to grow erratically outside the uterus. If you have endometriosis, the endometrial tissue can grow on your Fallopian tubes, ovaries, ureters, bladder, rectum, or intestines.
The tissue still sheds during your monthly period, but it’s trapped in your body and can’t exit as it normally would through your vagina. When this happens, symptoms arise.
Pregnancy Q & A
What is prenatal care?
To keep you healthy before and during your pregnancy, Dr. Novac provides prenatal care. The word prenatal means “before birth” and includes all the care you and your baby receive before delivery. He’ll educate you along the way about your baby’s growth and how things are changing in your body.
Fibroids Q & A
Fibroids are muscular tumors that form in your uterus. They can be as small as a tiny pebble or as large as a cantaloupe.
Fibroids can grow alone or form in clusters in your uterus. Some grow fast, and some grow slowly, and many are never detectable by examination.
Gynecology Q & A
What is a gynecologist?
A gynecologist is a doctor who focuses on the female reproductive system, which includes your vagina, vulva, Fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus, breasts, and ovaries. A gynecologist like Dr. Novac attends to your fertility, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, and any concerns or problems may arise.
Menopause Q & A
Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s reproductive cycle and occurs when your reproductive processes are in decline. This typically occurs during your late 40s or early 50s. Before menopause begins, you’re in a transitional phase called perimenopause, a time of irregular periods. When you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months, you’re in menopause. At the end of the process, you are no longer fertile. The average age for this milestone is 51.
Menorrhagia Q & A
Menorrhagia is abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding that disrupts your daily activities with cramping and excessive blood flow. A normal period is measured by a loss of blood that averages about three tablespoons during your monthly cycle. When you have menorrhagia, you can lose double that amount or more
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