MEDICAL & SURGICAL TREATMENTS
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Dr. Vanderloos provides a variety of medical and surgical treatments for women of all ages. Women from in and around Shreveport, LA can make appointments for an annual pap smear, vaginal health concerns, menopausal and premenstrual management, long-term contraception, bladder urgency and incontinence and female sexual dysfunction.
WHAT IS LONG-TERM CONTRACEPTION?
Women have a variety of options available for long-term contraception including the IUD, implants and sterilization procedures. IUD stands for the intrauterine device, a T-shaped device that is implanted in the uterus during a simple, in-office procedure. IUDs feature tiny copper coils that work by altering the chemical composition of the cervical and uterine fluid and mucus, making the environment inhospitable or “unfriendly” to sperm.
Some IUDs also use hormones to provide additional protection against becoming pregnant. A birth control implant is a matchstick-sized device that is placed under the skin of the arm and which releases hormones over time. Implants can remain in place for several years and can be easily removed by the doctor when they need to be replaced.
Annovera, a reusable vaginal ring, is available in pharmacies now. It is the first vaginal ring that can be used for an entire year. It’s used for three weeks, then removed, washed, and stored for one week in a small case. (Women can do this themselves; they don’t need a doctor’s visit to do so.) During this time, a woman may experience a withdrawal bleed—or, in other words, get her period. The ring is reinserted after that week, and this schedule is repeated every four weeks for a full year. No daily pill and no run to the pharmacy – hooray!
HOW ARE BLADDER URGENCY AND INCONTINENCE TREATED?
Urinary incontinence in women is described as either stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or overactive bladder also known as bladder urgency. With SUI, damage or weakness in the pelvic floor allows urine to leak when a physical activity like sneezing, coughing, laughing or straining during exercise increases pressure on the bladder.
This form of incontinence is usually treated with a combination of Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor and in some cases minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Bladder urgency is often treated with medication and is characterized by spasm of the bladder or increased bladder sensitivity.
HOW IS FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION TREATED?
The treatment will depend on the cause of the issue. If the cause is hormonal, Dr. Vanderloos could suggest hormone therapy to boost estrogen and/or testosterone levels. Sometimes prescription medication can help underlying medical or hormonal issues. There may also be lifestyle changes that could improve sexual function including improving communication with your partner, making healthier choices when it comes to diet and exercise. There are also a variety of lubricants and aids that could help improve sexual function. Dr. Vanderloos will provide confidential advice and treatment to help you restore your sexuality.