Questions you may have but do not want to ask….
What can I expect during my first appointment?
For your first appointment, please arrive 10 minutes early. Our friendly staff will greet you at the door. Please bring a valid picture ID and your insurance card. Your nurse will complete a general physical exam, including weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate, etc. She will prepare you for your appointment with your provider. Anticipate providing a urine sample as it may be necessary depending on your concerns. Your provider will perform a complete physical exam and address any concerns/symptoms you are experiencing. Our goal is to provide a confidential, comfortable environment to give you access to a healthy lifestyle.
Is vaginal discharge normal?
Vaginal discharge is common. Every woman produces a different amount of cervical mucus depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle. "Normal" vaginal discharge is clear or white in color and odorless. If you have any concerns regarding vaginal discharge, we recommend discussing it with your provider at your next appointment.
Is there anything I can do to help with urinary leakage?
Urinary incontinence is common among women. Fortunately, there are several noninvasive treatment options. We recommend beginning with kegel exercises at home. Many patients experience relief in symptoms after 6-8 sessions of pelvic floor physical therapy. If symptoms persist, you may be a candidate for a pessary. We recommend discussing urinary incontinence with your provider if symptoms become uncomfortable.
Can I have a STD or HIV and not know it?
Many patients with STDs experience no symptoms. We recommend annual screening with your routine well woman exam. You will be offered full STD screening with your pap smear. If you have had unprotected intercourse or been exposed to any STD, we recommend scheduling an appointment for STD screening.
What if I don’t want to take the pill?
There are several contraception options that do not include taking a pill everyday. Options include IUDs, Nexplanon, NuvaRing, Xulane Patch, Diaphargm, etc. We recommend discussing all contraception options with your provider to find the best choice for you.