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Gynecology Care Through The Years

Gynecology care begins at puberty with disease prevention, education and regular screenings. As you age, you may need more care as you face intimate and complex women’s health issues such as fibroids, endometriosis or bladder dysfunction. When you choose Penn State Health St. Joseph, you have a team of experts that provide you with a lifetime of care.

Gynecology

The experts at Penn State Health St. Joseph can help you navigate your questions so you can make informed decisions about your care and treatment—from adolescence and child-bearing years through the challenges of menopause and beyond. If you should ever need surgery or specialty services, we offer comprehensive care to address all of your women’s health needs, including:

  • Routine care
  • Wellness education and screenings
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Surgery
  • Family planning
  • Menopause and perimenopause care
  • Obstetrics
  • Urogynecology and pelvic health

For more information or to find a doctor that is right for you, our Physician Referral Service can assist you in selecting a physician that’s right for you and your family. Call 610-378-2001, toll-free 844-363-0882, or email FindAPhysician@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. You can also search online at Find a Gynecology Provider.

Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Health

Pelvic floor disorders can make you feel a loss of control and embarrassment, but you aren’t alone. More than 13 million people in the United States experience some form of incontinence, and it can happen to anyone, even young active women.

Many women with pelvic floor disorders suffer in silence. The experts at Penn State Health St. Joseph’s don’t want you to go through this alone. We offer treatment options for the following conditions:

  • Incontinence (urinary and fecal)
  • Fistulas
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Prolapsed bladder
  • Overactive bladder

To make an appointment with our pelvic floor specialist, call 610-378-2899.

Menopause Support

Although menopause is a natural part of aging for women, many women aren’t happy when they start recognizing the signs. There is no way to avoid menopause, although every woman experiences menopause differently. The experts at Penn State Health St. Joseph are here to help you thrive during this change and experience menopause on your own terms.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, talk to one of our experts about how to help control and manage your symptoms:

  • Bone density loss
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Joint pain
  • Mood swings, depression and irritability
  • Racing heart
  • Skipped and/or irregular periods
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

For more information or to find a doctor that is right for you, our Physician Referral Service can assist you in selecting a physician that’s right for you and your family. Call 610-378-2001, toll-free 844-363-0882, or email FindAPhysician@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Minimally-invasive and Robotic-assisted Gynecology Surgery

If you need surgery to care for your condition, the gynecologic surgeons at Penn State Health St. Joseph use minimally invasive surgery techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery allows the surgeon to perform the procedure without a large incision, resulting in faster recovery time, less pain, decreased risk of infection and bleeding and a quicker return to normal activities.

Surgery can be effective in treating gynecological conditions such as:

  • Abnormal or excessive uterine bleeding
  • Cancer of the cervix, uterus, ovaries or other pelvic organs
  • Cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Some problems that occur during pregnancy

Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery using very small surgical instruments that fit through a series of tiny incisions. At Penn State Health St. Joseph, we use the most advanced robotic-assisted technology—the da Vinci XI® surgical robot. This state-of-the-art robotic surgical system allows our surgeons to perform complex procedures with more precision and control.

For more information or to find a doctor that is right for you, our Physician Referral Service can assist you in selecting a physician that’s right for you and your family. Call 610-378-2001, toll-free 844-363-0882, or email FindAPhysician@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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