Colorado Springs Gynecology
Gynecology is the branch of medicine dealing with health care for women, especially the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system. Dr. Hammond provides OB/GYN care, including gynecologic surgeries, evaluation and treatment, contraception, infertility, annual examinations, and preconception counseling. Hover over the terms below to find out more.
- Abnormal uterine bleeding may apply to a variety of menstrual irregularities, including a heavier menstrual flow; a period that lasts longer than seven days; bleeding or spotting between periods, after sex, or after menopause.
- Stress incontinence occurs when the bladder leaks urine during physical activity or exertion. It may happen when coughing, lifting something heavy, changing positions, or exercise.
- Pelvic pain can be a sign that there is a problem with one of the organs in the pelvic area, such as the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, or vagina. It could also be a symptom of infection or a problem with the urinary tract, lower intestines, rectum, muscle, or bone.
- Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves ovaries, bowel, or the tissue lining the pelvis.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression. It's estimated that as many as three of every four menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
- A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body.
- To determine fertility, a doctor will typically review your health history, medications, sexual history, and your sex habits. Men will need a physical exam, and often a sperm analysis, which tests the health of his sperm. For women, testing begins with a medical history and physical exam, including a pelvic exam. The doctor must make sure that the patient ovulates regularly and that the ovaries are releasing eggs. Blood tests are taken to measure hormone levels. The ovaries and uterus may be examined by ultrasound, and a specific X-ray test can check the uterus and fallopian tubes.
- The practice of controlling the number of children in a family and the intervals between births, particularly by means of artificial contraception or voluntary sterilization.
- Gynecologists for adolescents provide expert medical care to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the female reproductive health system of both children and adolescents. Gynecologists provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach that is sensitive to the psychological and emotional needs of growing children.
- A pap smear allows your doctor to look at the cells from the cervix (the lower part of your womb) and see if there are any problems, such as cancer. An abnormal pap smear means that the cells of your cervix have shown some slightly unusual changes. Some abnormal cells are more likely than others to be cancerous.
- The average age women officially start menopause (or experience stopped periods) is 51, yet symptoms can start earlier. Throughout perimenopause and menopause, the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body fluctuate as the ovaries try to keep up with your normal levels of hormone production. This fluctuation is what causes symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, sleep problems, bone loss, problems concentrating, and others.
Gynecological Surgeries, including:
- A surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen or to permit a surgical procedure.
- A surgical procedure for female sterilization that involves severing and tying the fallopian tubes.
- A surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus.
Abdominal & Pelvic Ultrasound
If you are not pregnant, but need an ultrasound because of pain, or because the doctor felt a cyst or other mass, we call that a pelvic ultrasound. Usually, our gynecologist in Colorado Springs wants to scan you through the abdomen and also through the vagina. For most women, a vaginal transducer is used. The transducer is designed to be used by gynecologists with a vaginal ultrasound. However, with teenagers or women who can't have a vaginal exam, the abdominal exam will be completed. At times, a full bladder may be required for an abdominal ultrasound. Consequently, the patient may need to drink fluid to have a full bladder prior to the exam.