While a big portion of my day is seeing pregnant women and helping them achieve a healthy pregnancy, another integral component of my practice is the gynecological care I provide to women.
At Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center in Omaha that includes annual wellness checks, disease prevention, diagnostic imaging, family planning, hormonal disorders, menopausal management and urogynecology.
The range of concerns for the women I see on a regular basis are everything from heavy periods to general health issues.
Dr. Rebecca Jacobi is an OB/GYN and surgeon at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center. She blogs once a month for livewellnebraska.com. Read more from Dr. Jacobi.
I am amazed, at times, at the number of women who just put up with feeling lousy during their menstrual cycle and don't realize there is help available for what they are facing.
For the most part, I'm talking about those women who deal with heaving bleeding. As I've mentioned in this blog before, there are women who plan their social outings around their periods. That's simply not right.
There are some health conditions from a gynecologic perspective that sometimes have to be resolved with surgery. Heavy bleeding is one of those conditions.
Heavy bleeding issues for women can be the result of an infection of the uterus or cervix, fibroids, blood clotting issues, abnormal cells, polyps or hormonal imbalances.
So what can I do to help?
A thorough physical exam will help me to determine the cause and the best course of action.
Before considering surgery, one avenue we can try is birth control pills or hormonal intervention. Birth control pills have evolved through the years and come in much lower dosages. Taking birth control pills allows for a time schedule for your period, while also stabilizing and thinning the lining of the uterus.
If this is not successful, then surgery is explored. These options can certainly vary from a somewhat non-invasive, in-office procedure to a more invasive, laparoscopic surgical procedure.
It is very fulfilling to provide resolution to a woman whose female issues have impacted her quality of life.
Helping women is what I do every day. At Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center, we understand the importance of the relationship between women and their gynecologists.
We value the relationships with our patients, and our team works with women to provide a lifetime of care. Whether it's helping women realize their dream of motherhood or improving their quality of life, it really is the best of both worlds.