Dr. Ross J. Valone is a Des Moines OBGYN who understands the complexities of womanhood. A veteran gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Valone’s clinic is a respected practice in the Des Moines OBGYN fraternity. He and his staff understand that womanhood is a journey fettered with the lifelong ebb and flow of hormones, at times beautiful, at other times challenging. Womanhood is a complex state of being but outside of the major hormonal milestones, when else should you be calling on your OBGYN?
Minor and Major Issues Warranting a Visit to Your OBGYN.
1. Pap Smears.
The primary tool for detecting cervical cancer, all women over 21 should have regular pap smears. Ideal frequency should be every two years between the ages of 21 and 29 and, annually from 30 to 64
2. Cervical Ectropion.
Symptoms include post-coital bleeding and thick vaginal discharge. Using a pill with lower estrogen levels or non-hormonal contraception will fix the problem. In extreme cases, consult your OBGYN about having cells removed surgically through thermal cautery, LEEP, laser ablation or other procedures.
3. Tubo-Ovarian Abscess
A severe case of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which presents with the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain, painful intercourse.
- Vaginal discharge
- Heavy menses
- Painful joints
- Fever, fatigue & malaise.
This condition usually requires a course of antibiotics, possibly followed by surgery.
4. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS.
According to the WHO’s fact sheet on STI’s, 499 million new infections of sexually transmitted infections occur annually. The WHO also identifies STI’s as a major cause for infertility in men and woman and infections include syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Early syphilis in pregnant women causes 21% of births to be stillborn and 9% of neo natal deaths. More serious infections include HIV AIDS, Human papillomavirus (causing genital warts and may lead to cervical cancer) and Hepatitis B (which may lead to liver cancer in chronic cases,)Although there are symptoms to look out for such as cervical lesions which bleed after sex, smelly discharges, pelvic pains and fever, some infections can go unnoticed. It’s prudent to request a complete STI screening whenever you visit your OBGYN.
Des Moines OBGYN Dr. Ross J. Valone is there for his patients every step of the way. Advocating a “prevention is better than cure” ideology he promotes regular check ups for his patients while encouraging “the least invasive approach” in evaluation and surgical treatment. Visit his website for more info.