Gynecological Health Care Services
The Atlanta Women’s Center offers annual gynecological exams which include:
- General physical exam
- Pelvic exam
- Pap smear
- Breast exam
- Review of birth control options
Call Atlanta Women’s Center to schedule your GYN exam.
Although Atlanta Women’s Center is not currently offering Colposcopy services, information is provided below for your reference.
Colposcopy is an examination of the cervix and vagina with a low power microscope called a colposcope. It is used to aid in the diagnosis of cervical disease after abnormal PAP smear results or when you cervix looks abnormal after an examination. This examination takes between 10 and 20 minutes.
During your colposcopy, you will lie on the exam table just like you do when you have a regular pelvic exam. Your healthcare provider will use an instrument called a speculum to hold the walls of the vagina open. They will then apply a solution to the cervix. This causes any abnormal areas to turn white.
The cervix is then viewed through the colposcope, which is placed at the opening of the vagina. Your provider will look though the colposcope to locate any problem areas on the cervix or in the vagina. The colposcope provides a magnified view that clearly shows abnormalities and locates the appropriate area from which to take tissue samples (biopsy). If any areas are of concern your healthcare provider may recommend a biopsy or LEEP procedure.
This service will be offered by Atlanta Women’s Center in the near future.
Although Atlanta Women’s Center is not currently offering LEEP services, information is provided below for your reference.
Cervical LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) is a procedure used to treat cervical dysplasia. Dysplasia is a precancerous change in the cells of the cervix. These abnormal cells are identified by a pap smear. Women with abnormal pap smears may be encouraged to have a colposcopy and depending on those results, a LEEP. A LEEP removes the abnormal area of dysplasia from the cervix.
To perform a LEEP procedure, a speculum is placed in the vagina just like for a Pap smear. After the speculum is placed, a wire loop is hooked to a machine that creates an electrical current to remove the area of the cervix that is abnormal. Women can either be awake or asleep during the procedure. If a woman chooses to be awake, the doctor will put some numbing medicine into the cervix. If a woman chooses to be asleep during the procedure, she would have anesthesia though an IV. The entire procedure typically takes about 10-15 minutes to perform.
This service will be offered by Atlanta Women’s Center in the near future