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VIDEO: SIMEDHealth Women's Health Gets New Technology

SIMEDHealth Women’s Health has taken a step forward with the acquisition of a device called the EndoSee. This new technology makes the hysteroscopy procedure quicker, easier, and more effective. A hysteroscopy is an assessment of the inside cavity of the uterus, according to Dr. Osorio of SIMEDHealth Women’s Health. The EndoSee is a handheld device that lets doctors see the inside of the uterine cavity quicker and easier than ever before. According to Endosee.com, this device allows doctors to complete a hysteroscopy “in an average of 3 minutes.” Anesthesia was normally necessary for hysteroscopy before but, now with the EndoSee, no anesthesia is needed.

Prior to the EndoSee, patients normally were given a sedative and anesthesia. The procedure could have lasted anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour and required more time after to recover from the sedatives, anesthesia, and procedure itself.  

 

 

Other available services at SIMEDHealth Women’s Health include:

  • wellness exams
  • pap smears
  • annual exams
  • urinary incontinence
  • hematuria
  • UTI testing
  • urodynamics
  • pre and post-menopausal natural hormone therapy
  • birth control comprehensive evaluations of pelvic pain
  • endometriosis and endometrial biopsy
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • colposcopy/abnormal pap smears
  • abnormal uterine bleeding
  • osteoporosis evaluation and management
  • pelvic pain
  • mass and inflammatory disease
Click here for more information about our women’s health doctors and locations!

Cervical Cancer Screening Guide

Women laughing with information about pap smear and cervical cancer screening

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women, but now it can be easily prevented with vaccinations and regular screenings.

Learn more about cervical cancer and cervical health with SIMED Ocala Women’s Health Physician, Dr. Oscar Osorio.

1. What exactly is cervical cancer?

Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells on any tissue. The growth is invasive and spreads to adjacent and distant organs, causing damage to tissues. Cervical cancer is cancer of the “tip” or distal area of the uterus.

2. What part of the body is the cervix?

The cervix is the lower, neck-part of the uterus that leads to the vagina. It is where the menstrual flow exits the uterus. The cervix is accessible and seen in the vagina during a gynecologic exam.

3. Who is cervical cancer common in?

Cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus. The HPV virus is a sexually acquired organism that infects the cervical cells, potentially causing cancer. Although the virus is most common in younger women, teenagers, and women in their early 20s, cervical cancer itself is more common in women older than 30. Women who smoke are at increased risk, as are women with immune deficiencies and those with HIV infection.

4. What is a cervical screening? How does it work?

Infographic showing that HPV and cervical cancer are common in women of certain age groups

A cervical screening is a test designed to identify HPV infections on the cervix in early stages, and thus, avoid progression of the disease to cancer. If cervical cancer is identified, the patient will receive treatment and will be put under surveillance as needed.  You can get tested for cervical cancer with a Pap smear.

5. How often should people get a cervical screening?

Screenings with pap smear should start at age 21, and current recommendations state a pap smear should be performed at least every 3 years.

6. How else can people avoid cervical cancer?

Other than getting a pap smear as recommended, because HPV is a sexually acquired disease, using condoms could potentially decrease risk. Additionally, refraining from smoking could also reduce the risk. Because cervical cancer is linked to HPV, you should also get vaccinated against HPV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccination at ages 11-12, but women can be vaccinated up to age 26.

7. Aside from a screening, what symptoms might indicate someone has cervical cancer?

Early cervical cancer is mostly free of symptoms. One of the most common symptoms, though, is abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially after or during intercourse.

Have you gotten screened for cervical cancer? You can get a screening at the SIMED Women’s Health clinics in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Chiefland, or Lady Lake.

To schedule an appointment, call:
Gainesville, Lake City, Chiefland: (352) 331-1000
Ocala, Lady Lake: (352) 391-6464
Or you can request an appointment online.

If you would like to schedule an appointment specifically with Dr. Osorio in Lady Lake or Ocala, call (352) 391-6464 or request an appointment online.

National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week

We sit down with SIMED Women’s Health gynecologist Dr. Meera Nair as she answers some questions about the benefits of keeping up with an annual women’s wellness exam as well as reminding us it is never too early or too late to take control of our own health. 

Why is it important to have an annual women’s health visit?

“An annual visit with your women’s health physician provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate your current health status and seek out advice about:

  • Identifying Medical Risks/Problems
  • Minimizing Health Risk Factors
  • Promoting Prevention Practices
  • Maintaining Healthy Life Style

Despite certain components of the annual women’s wellness exams no longer being recommended annually, like pap smears, a visit and exam with your physician is still important."

What occurs at an annual well-woman visit?

“An annual wellness women exam includes:

  • Health History – Yours and Family’s Screening Evaluation
  • Renew and Update of Immunizations
  • Specific Components Depend on the Age and Risk Factors Identified (cardiovascular, breast, genitourinary, pelvis, etc.)”

At what age should a woman begin having annual visits?

“Most adolescent girls should start visits between 13 and 15 years of age, subsequent visits annually. The care given depends on the sexual, physical, psychological and cognitive development of the girl. Usually the pelvic exam is avoided at the initial visit unless there is a specific indication.”

How do well-visits change at different life stages?

“Well woman care changes depending on the age and risk factors of the age group. For example during adolescence the visits focus more on counseling about mental health problems like:

  • Healthy Eating and Fitness Habits
  • Risk Avoidance Immunization
  • Safe Sex Counseling
  • Bullying
  • Substance Abuse

Pelvic examination may or may not be done depending on the specific situation of the patient. As age advances, the management of health care changes to include issues like:

  • Fertility Issues
  • Cancer Screening
  • Bladder Function
  • Sexual Function
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis

As a woman’s body changes through life, their mental health is an important component to their sense of wellbeing."

How is this addressed?

“An evaluation of mental health is an intercal part of a woman’s annual wellness visit. This evaluation can include (but not limited to) mental, emotional, behavioral and/or medical issues such as:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Domestic Violence (school or work related violence)
  • Sources of Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Health Related Issues

What are 5 wellness tips for women of any age?

Dr. Nair says that the top wellness tips for all women are:

  • Eating Healthy
  • Regular Exercise
  • Safe Sexual Practices
  • Continue Annual Well Woman Care and Screening
  • Maintain an Open Communication with the Physician in Case of Any Concerns

What are some of the most common health problems in women's health?

"The common health problems differ in different age groups but the most general are:

  • Heart disease is the leading killer of women, responsible for about 29% of deaths, reports the CDC 
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is second to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women 
  • Depression appears to affect more women than men. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about 12 million women are affected by a depressive disorder each year compared to about 6 million men.
  • Osteoporosis is common for all women as they age. Loss of height and hunched back can be prevented.
  • Decreased estrogen following menopause contributes to vaginal dryness and/or bladder dysfunction" 

Dr. Nair would like to see us take control of our health this year! If you’re not sure how to start or need help formulating a safe plan designed for your needs, start by scheduling an appointment with a Gynecologist or Primary Care physician today! Click here to request an appointment online.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Help Finish the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Ocotober is national Breast Cancer Awareness month and SIMED Women's Health wants you to be informed!
Ocotober is national Breast Cancer Awareness month and SIMED wants you to be informed!
 
Stay Well: This year, it is estimated that more than 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). For now, the best way we have to find it early is to get regular mammograms and continue to do so as long as you’re in good health. Talk to your SIMED health care provider about when you should start. In addition, there are steps you can take to help you stay well and reduce your risk of breast cancer:
  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Stay active
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day, if you drink at all.
Get Well: This should be the focus if you or someone you care about is facing breast cancer.  There are organizations that are available to help such as The American Cancer Society.  The American Cancer Society can help you through every step of the cancer experience. The Society offers access to free transportation and lodging when treatment is away from home, and can provide one-on-one support from breast cancer survivors who have been there.
Find Cures: Research institutions, programs and charities fund and conduct research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for breast cancer – and all cancers. 
 
Fight Back: It’s easy to fight back against breast cancer. Participate in one a charitable organization's event, speak out to increase funding for programs that give all women access to mammograms and treatment, or simply remind the women in your life to get regular mammograms.
October is the month we celebrate the progress we’ve helped make in the fight to end breast cancer.
 
You can help finish the fight against breast cancer. For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website or contact your SIMED healthcare provider today.