ArkLaTex Fertility Provides Comprehensive Gynecological Treatments
Dr. David T. Vandermolen and ArkLaTex Fertility and Reproductive Medicine not only specialize in reproductive endocrinology and the treatment of infertility, but their education, training and elevated experience also makes them the go-to experts on several gynecological disorders. Outside of annual OB/GYN check-ups, our patients come to Dr. Vandermolen for help in diagnosing and treating certain gynecological disorders in all stages of life.
Exploring the different types of Gynecological treatment
Menopause management or hormone replacement therapy uses estrogen alone or estrogen with progestin to replace the hormones that a woman’s ovaries stop making at the time of menopause or when ovaries are removed. Hormone replacement eases symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Endometriosis is a common, treatable, often chronic, health problem for younger to middle-aged women. It occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus on organs and parts of the body like ovaries, fallopian tubes, surface of the uterus and the lining of the pelvic cavity. Fortunately, there are many treatment options for endometriosis and the pain and infertility it can cause. Based on your symptoms, age, and desire to have children, Dr. Vandermolen can help you identify the best option for you and provide related treatments.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects as many as 5 million women in the United States. The main cause of this disorder is a hormonal imbalance, which causes absent or abnormal menstruation, infertility, excessive hair growth, and other bothersome symptoms.
Treatments can include simple lifestyle modifications or medications like birth control pills, ovulation stimulating fertility medications, and anti-androgens to reduce hair growth and clear acne.
Abnormal menstruation can come in the form of heavy bleeding (menorrhagia), absence of menstruation (amenorrhea), infrequent periods (oligmenorrhea) or menstruation that is painful (dysmenorrhea). Dr. Vandermolen can diagnose causes of abnormal menstruation and help regulate and treat menstrual disorders for patients ranging from puberty to menopause.
Abnormal hair growth (hirsutism) in women is harmless and is usually caused by high levels of the male hormone testosterone as a result of hormone conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or hyperthecosis. Many women seek treatment options beyond shaving, waxing or electrolysis to slow or rid themselves of unwanted hair growth on the face, chest, abdomen or back to improve their appearance. Treatments include birth control pills or anti-androgen medications like spironolactone.
Uterine Fibroids are nearly always non-cancerous growths of smooth muscle in the uterus, and they are common with 40% of women’s uteri by age forty years being affected. Fortunately many are not a problem or symptomatic. In contrast, due to location, size, and symptoms such as pain, pressure or bleeding, many fibroids need treatment. Dr. Vandermolen offers hormonal, minimally invasive surgery, and open laparotomy for these fibroids as determined by the patients desires, reproductive potential, fibroid size and location, and other clinical factors.
Recurrent or Symptomatic Ovarian cysts at times can be managed medically or surgically with minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Vandermolen offers reproductive evaluation including ovarian reserve in allowing for optimal choice of treatment to best preserve ovarian function and fertility.
Schedule an appointment to learn more
If you or your regular OB/GYN suspect you may be suffering from a gynecological disorder, the experts at ArkLaTex Fertility can help. Contact us to set up an appointment to discuss the best gynecological treatment options for you.
- Abnormal hair growth (hirsutism)
- Abnormal menstruation
- Hormone replacement
- Menopause management
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Recurrent ovarian cysts
- Uterine Fibroids