Gynecology Q&A Fact Sheets

If you have questions about your care, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. We strive to keep the lines of communication open and try to assist in any way we can to further answer any of your questions. As an additional tool, we have put together a list of the most common topics in gynecology and obstetrics. Just click on the subject and you will be taken to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) website’s Question and Answer Fact Sheet on that topic. ACOG is the nation’s leading authority on women’s health and sets the standard of care in obstetrics and gynecology.

ACOG

Once you are on the ACOG website, you can also search for other topics. It is a great tool.

However, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, please don’t try to self-diagnose and proceed to the nearest emergency room to be evaluated.

As a general topic, the link below is helpful in preparing you for your healthcare visit:

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

CONTRACEPTION

Sterilization for Women and Men (FAQ011)

Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Spermicide, Condom, Sponge, Diaphragm, and Cervical Cap (FAQ022)

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of Family Planning (FAQ024)

Sterilization by Laparoscopy (FAQ035)

Postpartum Sterilization (FAQ052)

Emergency Contraception (FAQ114)

Hysteroscopic Sterilization (FAQ180)

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Intrauterine Device and Implant (FAQ184)

Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring (FAQ185)

Progestin-Only Hormonal Birth Control: Pill and Injection (FAQ186)

Postpartum Birth Control (FAQ194)

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Teens (TFAQ001)

Media and Body Image (TFAQ002)

The Healthy Female Athlete (TFAQ003)

Your Changing Body: Puberty in Girls (Especially for Teens) (FAQ041)

You and Your Sexuality (Especially for Teens) (FAQ042)

Your First Period (Especially for Teens) (FAQ049)

Birth Control (Especially for Teens) (FAQ112)

Your First Gynecologic Visit (Especially for Teens) (FAQ150)

21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21 (Infographic)

GYNECOLOGIC PROBLEMS

How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) (FAQ009)

Pelvic Support Problems (FAQ012)

Endometriosis (FAQ013)

When Sex Is Painful (FAQ020)

Benign Breast Problems and Conditions (FAQ026)

Vaginitis (FAQ028)

Dysmenorrhea: Painful Periods (FAQ046)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) (FAQ050)

Genital Herpes (FAQ054)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) (FAQ057)

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis (FAQ071)

Uterine Fibroids (FAQ074)

Ovarian Cysts (FAQ075)

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) (FAQ077)

Preparing for Surgery (FAQ080)

Urinary Incontinence (FAQ081)

Disorders of the Vulva: Common Causes of Vulvar Pain, Burning, and Itching (FAQ088)

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (FAQ095)

Ovarian Cancer (FAQ096)

Endometrial Cancer (FAQ097)

Chronic Pelvic Pain (FAQ099)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (FAQ121)

Vulvodynia (FAQ127)

Evaluating Infertility (FAQ136)

Treating Infertility (FAQ137)

Accidental Bowel Leakage (FAQ139)

Endometrial Hyperplasia (FAQ147)

Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause (FAQ162)

Cervical Cancer (FAQ163)

Mammography and Other Screening Tests for Breast Problems (FAQ178)

Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results (FAQ187)

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (FAQ193)

SPECIAL PROCEDURES

Hysterectomy (FAQ008)

Ultrasound Exams (FAQ025)

Induced Abortion (FAQ043)

Laparoscopy (FAQ061)

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) (FAQ062)

Hysteroscopy (FAQ084)

Cervical Cancer Screening (FAQ085)

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) (FAQ110)

Endometrial Ablation (FAQ134)

Colposcopy (FAQ135)

Hysterosalpingography (FAQ143)

Surgery for Stress Urinary Incontinence (FAQ166)

Sonohysterography (FAQ175)

Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (FAQ183)

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Staying Active: Physical Activity and Exercise (FAQ045)

The Menopause Years (FAQ047)

Osteoporosis (FAQ048)

Weight Control: Eating Right and Keeping Fit (FAQ064)

It’s Time to Quit Smoking (FAQ065)

Alcohol and Women (FAQ068)

Your Sexual Health (FAQ072)

Domestic Violence (FAQ083)

Cholesterol and Women’s Cardiovascular Health (FAQ101)

Depression (FAQ106)

Problems of the Digestive System (FAQ120)

Heart Health for Women (FAQ122)

Managing High Blood Pressure (FAQ123)

Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C (FAQ125)

Thyroid Disease (FAQ128)

Healthy Eating (FAQ130)

Diabetes and Women (FAQ142)

Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (FAQ174)

Vulvovaginal Health (FAQ190)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination (FAQ191)

Preventing HIV With Medication (FAQ195)


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