Reproductive Health Screening & Services
Health care impacts every aspect of women's health. Our providers specialize in women's health and understand how much our approach to care affects your quality of life. Texas Center for Health provides you with many choices for personal gynecologic care and the latest in advanced techniques offered in Southeast Texas with the approach to complete health care.
Our services include the following:
Pap Smear & HPV Screening
Have you heard there are new guidelines that suggest not all women need an annual pap? Or healthy women no longer need to have annual pap test? The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists recommend that women continue the annual well woman visits as those visits go beyond a pap and may or do not necessarily include a pap.
Sometimes pap smears and HPV testing can be confused with an annual well woman exam. Just remember ladies, if you are told to come back in three-five years for another pap, that doesn’t mean you should skip your Annual Exam.
These two screening tests help in early prevention of cervical cancer.
The Pap Smear looks for precancerous cells on the cervix.
21-29 Years Old:
Patients should start to get pap tests at 21 years of age. If your test is normal you may wait three years until your next pap.
30-65 Years Old:
Your doctor will decide which test is right for you, however the below guidelines are sometimes used to determine when to have testing performed.
- Pap Only – Normal results, may only recommend testing every three years.
- HPV Test Only – Normal results, may recommend you wait 5 years until the next screening test.
- HPV & Pap Test – Both results are normal, the provider may recommend you wait 5 years before your next screening.
65 and Older:
You may not need to be screened further if:
- You have had normal results for several years or have had your cervix removed as part of a total hysterectomy for non-cancerous conditions. An example would be if you had a hysterectomy due to fibroids.
What Happens if I Get Abnormal Results From My Pap Smear?
Abnormal results usually do not mean you have cancer. In many cases, treatment can prevent cervical cancer from developing. If your result is abnormal, you are in good hands with Board Certified Physicians and providers at Texas Center for Health. Your women’s healthcare provider will walk you through the steps of how your condition will be treated.
HPV (human papillomavirus) test looks for several strains of the virus that can cause cellular change. HPV is usually done at the same time as a pap and checks for abnormalities or the presence of cancer in the cervix. HPV’s are given a number referred to as HPV type. Some HPV types cause papilloma (warts). Don’t worry, these are non-cancerous tumors, however some types of HPV are known to cause cancer including cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis and parts of the mouth or throat.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women between ages of 30 to 65 have an HPV test with their pap test every 5 years.
Texas Center for Health providers understand the sensitive nature of a woman’s desire to restore confidence and relieve pain or discomfort, thus the need for vaginal rejuvenation.
Vaginal Rejuvenation is a broad term for a group of procedures designed to address specific concerns of women with regard to their vitality, circulation and tightness and can also be used when referring to refining the appearance or physical sensation of the external genitalia.
NON-SURGICAL VAGINAL REJUVENATION
This non-invasive procedure is a game changer for women as it can dramatically improve vaginal laxity, stress urinary incontinence, loss of lubrication and decreased sexual sensation. Using a radio frequency laser device, physicians are able to induce laser energy to induce collagen and tighten the vagina.
Hormone Replacement Therapy - BioTe
Symptoms of hormone imbalance? BioTe may be the solution you’ve been looking for to get your life back on track.
BioTe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses pellet therapy to help balance hormones. Pellet are tiny, custom-compounded therapies used for symptoms of hormone imbalance. What imbalances you ask? Below is a list of a few.
- Low sex drive
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Decreased bone mass
- Mood changes
- Low mood
- Brain fog
- Elevated blood sugar
- High Cholesterol
Imbalances occur from having too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. The smallest imbalance can cause side effects throughout the body including:
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Trouble sleeping
- Decreased sex
- Drive Irritability
- Mood swings
- Low mood
Our certified BioTe Providers will perform extensive lab work to identify your hormone levels and other indicators of hormone imbalance. Based on the hormone consultation and a review of your lab work your Texas Center for Health provider will determine if you are a candidate for BioTe. Some patients begin to feel the benefits of BioTe within a few weeks, however full optimization can take up to six months depending on the individual. Experience the feeling you used to remember, ask your provider about BioTe.
Discretion is paramount to your health. If you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease, established patients can schedule an appointment on-line, new patients can call our office and ask our team member to schedule a discretionary appointment for you.
Quick, easy STD testing is available at Texas Center for Health for both men and women. Our office makes screening simple with several methods by drawing blood, collecting a urine sample or swabbing patients. Results typically take 7-9 days depending on the method of testing. We can test for the following STD tests:
- Herpes I & II
A breast exam by a health professionals an important part of your routine physical checkups. You should have a clinical breast exam every one to three years starting at age 20 and every year starting at age 40. A clinical breast exam may be recommended more frequently if you notice changes to your breast or have a strong family history of breast cancer.
Many elements need to be considered by women, men, or couples when choosing the most appropriate contraceptive method. These elements include safety, effectiveness, availability (including accessibility and affordability), and acceptability. Here at Texas Center for Health we provide our patients with contraception counseling and management. Allowing you to choose a method of contraception that will work best with your lifestyle. Although hormonal contraceptives and IUDs are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, they do not protect against STDs, including HIV.
An IUD is a small T-shaped device that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. It releases a small amount of progestin each day to keep you from getting pregnant. The IUD stays in your uterus for up to 3 to 10 years, depending on the device. Typical use failure rate: 0.1-0.4%.
Our office offers the Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla and Liletta IUD
Brands of IUD’s. Your provider will visit with you so that you can choose which IUD product is right for you.
Implant - The Nexplanon implant is a single, thin rod that is inserted under the skin of a women’s upper arm. The rod contains a progestin that is released into the body over 3 years. Typical use failure rate: 0.01%
Injection or “shot” - The Depo-provera Injection is an injection of the hormone progestin in the buttocks or arm every three months. Typical use failure rate: 4%.
Oral contraceptives - The Birth Control Pill is an oral contraceptive that contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. It is prescribed by your provider. A pill is taken at the same time each day. If you are older than 35 years and smoke, have a history of blood clots or breast cancer, your doctor may advise you not to take the pill. Typical use failure rate: 7%
Menopause eventually happens to every woman no matter how active or fit you may be, menopause will happen. It’s just a part of a woman’s natural biological process when fertility declines. This can happen
Every woman who menstruates eventually experiences menopause. No matter how fit and active you are, menopause happens. Many women dread menopause. And yet, it’s a natural biological part of a woman’s process when fertility declines.
Your ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone, in turn this may cause some uncomfortable symptoms as it leads to a more mature you. During your visit we will send you for blood work and take a deep drive into whether you are having affects of hormone loss. Once your blood test results are returned you will be scheduled to come back in to review your results.
Hormones can be replaced a number of ways in order to optimize your hormonal health. Using your blood work and exam results, providers will be able to maximize your hormonal health with replacing just what you lack.
Menopause officially begins 12 months after your last menstrual period. This is an important milestone because if you experience post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, it’s important to see your doctor as it may indicate a serious medical issue.
When you know the facts about the stages of menopause, you can take a more active role in managing the symptoms that often come with it.
Texas Center for Health infertility evaluations include physical exams, medical and sexual histories or both partners. Men undergo multiple tests including a semen analysis to evaluate sperm count, movement and structure.
Women will be checked to determine if ovulation is occurring by monitoring blood tests that detect hormones, an ultrasound of the ovaries and an ovulation home kit.
Texas Center for Health specializes infertility treatments for patients with PCOS and Endometriosis.
Our providers also work with women who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss.
Providers may also order certain procedures to investigate infertility such as a hysteroscopy, chromotubation or a laparoscopy. Your provider will walk with you step by step through the entire process of determining if there is an issue and how it can be overcome.