At Valley Medical Center, our highly-skilled obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs), midwives, and family medicine with obstetrics practitioners specialize in the healthcare needs of women in every phase of life—from adolescence, through childbearing years, menopause and beyond.
As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should
establish a schedule of prenatal care with her healthcare provider for the
entire duration of the pregnancy. At Valley, you can choose care from our
certified nurse midwives team or select one of our obstetrician/gynecologist
physicians, all with specialized training in the care of women during
pregnancy, labor and childbirth. Our patients deliver at Valley Medical
Center’s state-of-the-art Birth Center. Midwives and physicians are also
available to meet in advance of pregnancy to provide preconception counseling,
infertility evaluation and help women prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Our
providers offer specialized pregnancy care for those over 30, or are seeking a
vaginal delivery after a previous Cesarean. We also have Maternal Fetal Medicine
physicians at Valley for higher-risk pregnancy consultations and care. Read here to learn more
about pregnancy care from the midwives team.
Wellness and Preventive Care for Women
Pelvic exams and pap tests
Cervical cancer is one type of gynecological cancer. It can be prevented by getting a routine, annual pelvic exam and Pap test. An important screening test to detect cervical cancer at a stage when there are often no symptoms, pelvic exams and Pap tests (or Pap smears) are samples of cells taken from the cervix to look for cellular changes. An “abnormal” Pap test does not necessarily mean a woman has cervical cancer. The pelvic exam and Pap test are recommended every one to three years (depending on risk factors) for sexually active woman and those over age 21.
Manual breast exams performed by a healthcare provider are recommended annually for all women 18 years and older. Our healthcare providers can also train you to properly perform your monthly breast self-exam. Talk to our physicians about the best time for you to begin mammogram screening for breast cancer, usually at age 40. Mammograms are recommended in addition to manual breast exams and are performed at The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center.
Birth control counseling
The decision on which method is right for you should be made with your healthcare provider, as well as with your partner. Our physicians can discuss your options and if necessary, provide a contraceptive prescription that best meets your needs. Birth control refers to any activity, medication or equipment used to prevent pregnancy. There are many types of birth control available for women who do not wish to become pregnant. Our physicians can discuss your options and if necessary, provide a contraceptive prescription that best meets your needs.
Gynecology and Gynecological Surgery
Our physicians are experts in gynecological health issues for woman of all ages, including those needing midlife and menopausal care. Cysts, fibroids, inflammation, urinary and vaginal infection, heavy, irregular or painful periods, severe PMS symptoms, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, hormonal issues, urinary incontinence and sexually transmitted diseases are some of the gynecological conditions diagnosed, treated and managed by our OB/GYNs. Valley Medical Center provides convenient, on-site diagnostic ultrasound services for their patients. Should surgery or a gynecological procedure be necessary, our staff includes gynecologic physicians and surgeons experienced in hysterectomy, pelvic reconstructive surgery, myomectomy, uterine fibroid embolization, tubal ligation, endometrial ablation and hysteroscopy.
- Annual exams
- Pap smears
- Breast exams
- Adolescent and adult gynecology
- Contraception, including IUD’s
- Cholesterol screening
- Cancer screening
- Evaluation of abnormal bleeding
- Pre-menopausal evaluation
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Bladder control
- Evaluation of abnormal pap smears including colposcopy
- Vaginal and urinary infection
- Treatment of genital warts
- Pelvic pain evaluation
- Endometrial ablation
- Tubal ligation
- Routine ultrasound
Childbearing and Infertility Services
- Pre-pregnancy planning
- Pregnancy after 30
- Vaginal birth after previous cesarean
- High risk obstetrics
- Infertility evaluation