Find out why you should never skip out on your annual visit with your OBGYN.
When it comes to health, we want to prevent problems from happening. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to get annual exams. Just as you should visit your GP for routine check-ups you should also visit Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao, and our new physician, Dr. Akiva Gimpelevich, in Alpharetta, GA, once a year. If you are Russian or Spanish-speaking, the addition of Dr. Gimpelevich to the Complete Women's Healthcare staff means we can better help you, as he speaks the language, too.
So, what makes these annual exams so important to your health?
By coming in once a year you are taking an active step in preventing health problems from happening and being able to detect problems right away when they are often much easier to treat and less likely to lead to more serious complications. Like our other physicians, Dr. Gimpelevich has a lot of experience performing annual exams and can make sure your experience in our office is a stress-free one. He completed his residency in OBGYN at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY, and can tell you these exams are important if you want to lead a healthy life. By coming in once a year we screen for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers. Since cancer doesn’t often show symptoms right away sometimes the only way to discover cancer early on is through these exams.
Furthermore, along with cancer screenings, these checkups can also detect infections, health problems, and even unexpected pregnancies. We know that it’s common for people to assume that health issues won’t happen to them, but even if you don’t have any risk factors you should still come in once a year.
When should you start getting annual gynecological exams?
Women should start coming in for annual exams once they have become sexually active or by the time they turn 21 years old (whichever occurs first).
What is involved in these exams?
During this visit, we will go through your medical history and determine if there are any risk factors or health problems that we should know about. From there, we will perform a breast and a pelvic exam. If you're over 21, a Pap smear may also be performed. A Pap smear allows us to collect cells from the cervix to check for early signs of cervical cancer.
These visits are also a time for you to talk to us about any concerns or questions you might have about your health. No matter whether you want to talk about birth control options or want to get an STD screening, we can help.
Here at Complete Women’s Healthcare, we believe that every woman should be able to get the gynecological and obstetric care they need in Alpharetta, GA. Whether you need to schedule an annual exam, just found out you’re pregnant, or want to talk to us about symptoms you are experiencing, don’t hesitate to call us. Should you have a gynecological issue that requires surgery, you can also rest easy. Dr. Gimpelevich specialized and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, so you can go through your procedure and start feeling better as easily as possible. We can help you no matter your problem.
Discover some of the best ways to keep menopausal symptoms under control.
It’s not uncommon for women in their late 40s or early 50s to experience the symptoms of menopause. While saying goodbye to your period may be a welcome benefit, the hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes and weight gain aren’t. Luckily, our Alpharetta, GA, OBGYNs Dr. Dori Kasparek and Dr. Supriya Rao are here to make sure you know the best measures for reducing the frequency and severity of your menopause symptoms.
Are you dealing with weight gain, thinning hair, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood changes and/or hot flashes? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are different ways to manage your menopause symptoms.
There are simple everyday measures you can take to help reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms. For example, if you have trouble sleeping you will want to avoid alcohol (which can affect sleep and can also bring on hot flashes) and caffeine.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy, balanced diet to help keep weight gain to a minimum. Exercising can also elevate your mood and improve symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Finding outlets such as meditation, yoga, etc. can also be a great way to combat stress and anxiety.
Talk to our Alpharetta, GA, gynecological team to find out what supplements and vitamins could also improve your health and wellbeing.
Other Treatment Options
When you come in for an evaluation our Alpharetta, GA, gynecologists will sit down with you to discuss the symptoms you are experiencing to help create a tailored treatment plan to help get your menopause symptoms under control.
Hormone therapy tends to be the most common treatment option, particularly if you suffer from hot flashes. Estrogen and progestin are necessary not just for symptom relief but also because they could prevent bone loss (a common issue for menopausal women).
If you are dealing with severe or persistent vaginal dryness and no other techniques or over-the-counter lubricants have helped, then a prescription estrogen cream or ring may be placed in the vagina to help improve natural lubrication.
There are a variety of other medications that can help reduce hot flashes, mood swings and other common symptoms. If we also detect osteoporosis, you may prescribe a medication to prevent the progression of bone loss.
Know that menopause doesn’t have to be a difficult transitional period. Whether you are having trouble getting your hot flashes under control or you want to talk to us about your hormone replacement options, don’t hesitate to turn to Complete Women’s Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA, for all of your needs.
As a woman, caring for your reproductive health is key in caring for your overall health. A pap smear is an important and effective way to test for cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in the cervix. But what is a pap smear? How does the procedure work? How often do you need a pap smear? Find out the answer to these questions and more with Dr. Dori Kasparek and Dr. Supriya Rao at Complete Women’s Healthcare serving Johns Creek, Suwanee, and Alpharetta in Johns Creek, GA.
What is a pap smear?
A pap smear is a procedure performed by your OBGYN at a well woman examination to screen for pre-cancerous or cancerous cells within the opening of the uterus, called the cervix. The procedure itself takes only a few minutes and can efficiently catch cancer early, in its most treatable stages. Women should begin receiving routine pap smears at age 21, especially if they have an increased risk of cancer or autoimmune conditions like HIV.
What can I expect during a pap smear?
During the procedure, your doctor will scrape a sample of cells from the cervix. While the procedure itself can be uncomfortable, it should not cause pain. A speculum inserted into the vagina allows your doctor to access the cervix. The scraping action only takes a few seconds and the procedure as a whole takes about 5 minutes. Your doctor will send the sample to a laboratory where it is assessed for pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. Some women report feeling slight cramping or discomfort after their procedure, but many do not report feeling any adverse side effects.
Pap Smear in Johns Creek, Suwanee, and Alpharetta
If you are over 21, you could benefit from a regular pap smear at your yearly well-woman examination with your doctor. For more information on pap smear procedures or your reproductive health in general, please contact Dr. Kasparek and Dr. Rao at Complete Women’s Healthcare serving Johns Creek, Suwanee, and Alpharetta in Johns Creek, GA. Call 770-622-9810 to schedule your appointment with your doctor today!
Prenatal care is of the utmost importance when it comes to a mother's and her unborn child's health. That's why Dr. Dori Kasparek and Dr. Supriya Rao of Complete Women's Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA care about providing their patients with the best treatment plans.
What kind of care will you find?
Your obstetrician is responsible for monitoring your health, and the development and growth of your baby. Dr. Kasparek and Dr. Rao use a variety of tests and instruments, including:
- Blood tests are used to find out if you're pregnant and are used throughout your prenatal visits for other reasons.
CBC is used to check for anemia.
An immune status of a variety of diseases that may cause complications and infections to the fetus are also needed: HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, and Rubella
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cultures should also be made to avoid complications, like your child being born with blindness or pneumonia.
Pap smear shouldn't be ignored, it will help diagnose cervical cancer, which is vital if you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
An antibody screen ensures there aren't any abnormal antibodies that may harm the unborn baby in general.
- Ultrasonography is what they use to monitor the growth and development of the baby over the duration of your pregnancy.
- Ultrasounds give the mother and doctor a visual of the fetus. An ultrasound allows obstetricians to identify issues the baby may be suffering from. If there are complications with the pregnancy, your Johns Creek, Suwanee and Alpharetta area doctor will have a newborn specialist help in monitoring the unborn child.
There are also some other diseases and issues your obstetrician will want to make sure you don't suffer from, such as:
- Herpes simplex
- Thyroid function
If you and your spouse are trying to get pregnant or think you may already be pregnant, then it's important to call your Alpharetta, GA obstetrician. She will help you with your prenatal care and any other questions or concerns you may have. Just call to make an appointment today!
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that are found in the pelvic area. They are responsible for supporting the organs in the pelvis such as the bladder, prostate (men), uterus (women). By contracting and relaxing these important muscles, you can control your bladder and bowel movements effectively. Our Alpharetta, GA OBGYNs, Dr. Dori Kasparek and Dr. Supriya Rao, can offer helpful exercises to their patients.
About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
When you cannot control the muscles in your pelvic floor, it is known as pelvic floor dysfunction. Individuals with this condition contract muscles rather than relax them. Because of this motion, they cannot have a bowel movement or have incomplete ones. Causes of pelvic floor dysfunction are unknown. Complications from vaginal childbirth or traumatic injuries to the pelvic area due to an accident often times can contribute to this condition.
Some symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include:
- Feeling that you cannot complete a bowel movement
- Feeling that you need to take several movements in a short period of time
- Constipation or straining
- Frequent need to urinate
- Painful urination
- Unexplained back pain
- Ongoing pain in the genitals, pelvic region or rectum
- Pain during intercourse
Several of these symptoms suggest pelvic floor dysfunction, but some may indicate other issues that an Alpharetta OBGYN can determine. She will begin an exam asking about symptoms and taking a medical history. She may ask about your history of urinary tract infections, if you have pain during sex or if you have a history of interstitial cystitis. A physical examination follows to evaluate the ability to control the muscles. Additional tests can be administered depending on the severity of the case.
Treatment options include pelvic floor therapy, biofeedback, low-dose muscle relaxants and in more severe cases, surgery. Pelvic floor dysfunction is treatable through the use of many different treatment methods. Seeing an Alpharetta, GA OBGYN is the first step toward treating your symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call 770-622-9810 today.
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