Having a baby is one of the most exciting and rewarding times in a woman's life, and Northwest Allied Physicians is dedicated to providing expectant mothers and newborns with quality care during this special time. Our maternity services are provided by obstetricians, labor and delivery specialists, nurses and other caring professionals in a welcoming, comfortable environment.
We provide a range of prenatal to post-partum care, including high-risk pregnancy care and advanced labor and delivery services. Our care extends beyond delivery and includes educational resources for new parents.
Northwest Allied Physicians' care begins in the early stages of pregnancy, with prenatal checkups and services designed to help you learn about proper nutrition, develop a birth plan with your obstetrician, choose a pediatrician, and get prepared for baby's arrival.
Labor and Delivery
The obstetric providers at Northwest Allied Physicians exclusively deliver at Northwest Medical Center, where experienced labor and delivery staff are equipped to manage C-section (cesarean) births and other surgical procedures as needed.
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Northwest Allied Physicians Group knows that it takes a special doctor to treat women's health issues. Our gynecologists have earned a reputation for sensitivity, knowledge and compassion.
Our Gynecologic Services Include:
- Routine annual exams (PAP test, breast exam, cervical exam)
- Evaluation and treatment of abnormal PAP tests
- Adolescent gynecology
- Birth control counseling
- Menopause management
- Management of abnormal vaginal bleeding and post-menopausal bleeding
- Diagnosis and management of polycystic ovarian/metabolic syndrome
For many women, the symptoms that come along with the menstrual cycle can be nonexistent or bearable, but for others, they can become excruciating or life-disrupting. Many side effects are normal, depending on severity, and can include mood swings, muscle cramps, bloating, aching and nausea. However, when some of those symptoms seem to be out of the normal, it could be time to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.
Abnormal bleeding could be more spotting than normal in between cycles or longer or heavier periods than normal. It is more common in younger or pre-menopausal women.
If you're suffering from painful or irregular periods, it could point to more serious conditions. There is a chance you just suffer from more symptomatic periods than other women, but it can also indicate endometriosis, PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids.
Endometriosis could be behind painful periods if it's coupled with additional symptoms, such as constant or chronic pelvic pain, struggles with infertility, ovarian cysts or painful intercourse. If you have more than one of these symptoms, contact your gynecologist. The doctor can perform a laparoscopy (a minimally invasive surgery) and a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
Irregular periods can point to a condition such as PCOS. There could be more bleeding in between cycles, a shorter menstrual cycle or even periods becoming less frequent or stopping altogether. Other symptoms can include unusual hair growth or thinning, skin tags, acne and weight gain. It can also cause issues with pregnancy. PCOS can be diagnosed by blood tests, a pelvic exam or an ultrasound.
Painful periods and abnormal bleeding can be symptoms of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign tumors that can often present no symptoms, but in addition to difficult periods, could cause a full or bloated sensation in the abdomen, fertility issues and frequent urination. Fibroids can be diagnosed during a standard pap smear and well-woman gynecological exam.
Abnormal periods can also indicate pre-menopause. This transition can begin for women in their thirties or forties. Perimenopause (the time around menopause) is when hormones are changing and the body is adjusting. Symptoms can include hot flashes, mood changes, bladder issues and difficulty sleeping. Once you've gone through a full year without a regular period, the body has fully crossed over into menopause.
See a medical provider if you notice any major changes to your period symptoms or are having irregular pain or bleeding. Mention any concerns about health issues you may have during your yearly gynecologic exam.
Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery
Many gynecological surgeries can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Robot-assisted procedures can result in less scarring, less pain and a quicker recovery time than traditional “open” procedures.
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