Karen H. Reed, MD
- OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Location and Office HoursPartners In Women's Health
2355 Poplar Level Rd Ste 304
Louisville, KY 40217
- Baptist Hospital East
- Norton Suburban Hospital
Do I need to see a gynecologist if I am a teenager?
HCA Virginia answeredIf you are in your teens, you should establish a relationship with an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) with whom you feel comfortable and can discuss health issues honestly. Her or she will address your concerns regarding menstrual issues, contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Your OB/GYN will also discuss appropriate vaccinations, including prevention options for human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer. Internal pelvic exams are unnecessary at this stage unless needed to address a specific problem. Open and honest dialogue with parents or guardians is a good idea at this time as well.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How do lax pelvic floor muscles affect a woman?
Pelvic floor muscles aid in supporting the vagina and also the functions of the bladder and rectum. So, weakness or disruptions of these muscles can impact the quality of life of a women based on symptom severity.
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What gynecological conditions should I be aware of if I am over 65?
There are a number of common gynecological conditions that you should be aware of if you are age 65 or older. One of these is vaginal atrophy, which causes vaginal dryness and sensitivity. Hot flashes and postmenopausal bleeding are also a concern.
Ten percent of women who have bleeding after menopause will be found to have endometrial (uterine) cancer. It is important to catch any kind of cancer, especially endometrial, early when it is easier to treat and the cure rate is very high. Pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence are other conditions that may require treatment in this age group.
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