Women have unique health care needs. Board-certified gynecologist, Pamela Kimbrough, MD, of Life’s Cycle understands this and offers expert care to women in the Ardmore, Oklahoma, area. For complete gynecological care that includes well-woman exams, evaluation of abnormal Pap smears, infertility analysis, ultrasound, and surgery when necessary, call the office or book an appointment online.
Dr. Kimbrough offers complete gynecological care, including wellness visits, Pap smears, and preventive care. A wellness visit includes a breast exam, pelvic exam, and review of your comprehensive health. Gynecological care also includes an investigation into specific symptoms, such as unusual vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, and irregular periods. You also benefit from visiting Dr. Kimbrough if you’re thinking about getting pregnant or having trouble doing so.
A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is often conducted as part of a pelvic exam to screen for cervical cancer. A small sample of cells from your cervix is gathered using a swab and then sent for analysis. A positive or “abnormal” reading isn’t a diagnosis of cancer, it simply means you need further investigation as to the nature of the unusual cells.
A colposcopy is a medical exam in which Dr. Kimbrough uses a special instrument, called a colposcope, to magnify the image of your cervix, vagina, and vulva. If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, the presence of genital warts, or precancerous changes around your cervix, vagina, or vulva, this procedure is usually performed. A biopsy may be taken at that time.
Girls aged 13-15 can benefit from a visit to Life’s Cycle. This visit doesn’t usually involve a pelvic exam, but it does give girls the chance to ask questions about sexuality, menstrual periods, and overall health. An early visit also gives girls the chance to establish a relationship with a doctor or nurse practitioner. Dr. Kimbrough and her staff work very hard to make this first visit non-threatening and comfortable.
Infertility is usually diagnosed when 6-12 months of an active attempt to become pregnant has been unsuccessful. Dr. Kimbrough and her staff will run tests to evaluate the health and function of your reproductive organs. These tests could include blood work, ultrasound, possible x-ray studies at the hospital, and Laparoscopy.
The evaluation of infertility is individualized, and is based on the potential cause. Medications that induce ovulation, intrauterine insemination, and surgery are some ways in which infertility can be resolved to help you have a successful pregnancy.
A gynecological ultrasound is a noninvasive screening test to examine your internal pelvic organs. The procedure examines a fetus in the womb but also has a number of other applications in terms of gynecological health. Dr. Kimbrough may order an ultrasound to examine your:
An ultrasound can reveal uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and other abnormalities that cause irregular periods, pelvic pain, and uncomfortable intercourse. If you do have one of these issues, Dr. Kimbrough is accomplished in minimally invasive surgical techniques to help you find a resolution.
Have all of your general women’s health issues addressed at Life’s Cycle. Call today for an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.