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Valley Women's Health Services

We provide full-scope gynecological care to women of all ages. Our providers can help with just about anything, from a normal well woman visit to more serious concerns. Don’t see something on the list? Call us and either we can help you, or help you find someone who can!

We offer:

Well woman annual exams Adolescent health care Clinical breast exam Pap smears (Cervical cancer screening – learn more about pap smears here) Colposcopy (for further evaluation after an abnormal pap smear) Leeps Endometrial Biopsy Gardasil vaccine IUD insertion/removal (both Paragard, Mirena, and Skyla) Nexplanon insertion/removal Endometrial Ablation STD testing and care Basic infertility evaluation and treatment Essure

Common problems that we treat:

Routine vaginal complaints, pain, unusual discharge, itching, etc. Urinary tract infections Breast pain Pelvic pain Heavy or irregular periods Painful periods Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms associated with menopause Post menopausal bleeding

We provide comprehensive obstetrical care. Our doctors and midwives attend vaginal births and cesarean deliveries here at Willamette Valley Medical Center. We care for normal, healthy, pregnant women of all ages as well as women with other medical complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Pregnancy is a unique time in life for you, your partner and family. Whether its your first or your fifth child, life changes when a baby is born. We want to help you learn, adapt, and prepare in this special time. We believe that childbirth is a normal and natural process that works best when we don’t interfere. If, for you or your baby’s safety, an intervention becomes necessary, we have the technology and resources to keep you and your baby safe. Most women will visit with all of our providers during their pregnancy. Our nurses have a combined 75 years of experience in obstetrics! Each of us contributes a different piece to the education and care that you receive during the childbearing year. We love what we do, and we strive to give safe, family-centered care.

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Should you end up needing surgery as part of your treatment, our goal is to provide safe, effective care with as little disruption to your life as possible. Not all women are the same. When it comes to surgery, the best treatment for you is not necessarily what is best for someone else. Our approach to treatment is to first make a correct diagnosis and then offer a variety of treatment options to best fit your goals.

A few of the surgical treatments available include:

Laparoscopy (looking inside of the abdomen) Excision of endometriosis Hysteroscopy (looking inside of the uterus) Endometrial ablation (for excessive uterine bleeding) Sterilization procedures Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) Infertility surgery Urinary incontinence procedures Repair of pelvic prolapse This is a limited list of the most common procedures and surgical treatment is customized to the needs and goals of the individual patient. Most of these operations can be performed as an outpatient or with a single night hospital stay. If you think that you may need gynecological surgery please do not hesitate to call for an appointment. Surgery

At Valley Women’s Health, we can schedule your sonograms here in our clinic. They are performed by Deanna Glawe who is board registered in OB/GYN and has over 20 years of experience. Our physicians interpret the exams themselves, often the same day and work closely to assure timely and accurate results. Ultrasound is a way to look at soft tissues without radiation. Ultrasound waves are high frequency sound waves used to obtain images of soft tissues in the body. Here, at Valley Women’s Health, our state of the art machine allows us to generate 2D, 3D, and 4D images. Most people are familiar with the black and white 2D images. The majority of our diagnostic information comes from 2D images. 3D uses these same sound waves just sent out at different angles and reconfigured by the machine into a 3D image. When the process is constantly updated, we can see 3D in motion – this is referred to as 4D. There are many medical reasons to have an ultrasound. Different exams can require different approaches to gather the information.

Ultrasound in Pregnancy

The first time you see your baby is an amazing experience. Here, at Valley Women’s Health we understand that and feel privileged to share this with you. Not only are these exams entertaining and a wonderful bonding experience, but they give us an incredible amount of information as well. At the end of your exam you will receive both printed pictures and those images on a CD. Cameras are not allowed in the exam room. First Trimester Ultrasound A first trimester exam is generally used to confirm the age of your baby, see the heart beat, and make sure that the pregnancy is in the proper location. These exams are scheduled for 30 minutes and generally done from a vaginal approach. Second Trimester Ultrasound These exams are generally performed at 21-22 weeks and are a thorough exam of your baby’s development. The exam is scheduled for an hour and it is not necessary to fill your bladder. During the exam we will look at your entire baby’s structural anatomy including the brain, spine, heart, internal organs, arms, and legs. No test can detect all birth defects, but by performing a thorough ultrasound exam in the second trimester we can help identify most. It is also possible to determine the gender of your baby during this exam if you desire. When the diagnostic portion of the exam is complete, several minutes will be dedicated to taking photos of the baby’s face or any other body parts you might want a picture of. Many factors can affect the quality of these photos such as the position of the baby, the amount of amniotic fluid, the location of the placenta, and the distance of the baby’s face to the skin surface. You are welcome to bring friends and family to the exam, although many choose to remain in the waiting room during the diagnostic portion of the exam, where it is more comfortable. Those with small children may want to have someone accompany them as they often become bored and restless during the exam. Please no electronic toys as these can be a distraction. Safety Studies have never shown ultrasound to have any harmful effects on a growing baby. We only do medically necessary exams in our clinic and attempt to gather diagnostic information as efficiently as possible

Ultrasound in Women’s Health

There are many reasons to have a pelvic ultrasound ordered including pain, irregular bleeding, fertility issues, or something that was felt during a pelvic exam. These exams typically require a combination of approaches. The first exam is done on top of your belly and gives us a broad look at the pelvic structures. The second approach is internally, with a transducer placed in your vagina, which gives a closer more detailed view. This exam is generally painless but can be uncomfortable. Sonohysterograms are another procedure performed in our clinic to image the lining of the uterus. This procedure is done with a physician, a nurse, and a sonographer in the room. During the procedure, a small amount of sterile fluid is introduced to the endometrial canal through a small catheter. Ultrasound pictures are taken endovaginally to determine if there are any polyps or fibroids within the lining which can be the cause of irregular bleeding ultrasound

Urinary incontinence – the uncontrollable loss of urine – is a very common problem among women. It is more than just a physical problem; it can have emotional consequences too. Whether you leak only a few drops when you cough or laugh, dribble constantly, or find your entire bladder emptying without warning, incontinence can be so embarrassing that it interferes with living a normal life. Many women find it difficult to discuss and hesitate to bring it up with their health care provider. Some women feel this is just a normal part of aging. Urinary incontinence is treatable! The causes and treatment are varied and often complex. There are three basic types of incontinence: urge, stress, and overflow. Their causes and treatment differ substantially. Some women have more than one type of incontinence. If you are bothered by incontinence, do not hesitate to discuss this with your healthcare provider or make an appointment with one of our physicians. Your appointment will begin with a thorough history and physical exam. If you need additional studies such as urodynamic testing or ultrasound, we are able to schedule and perform them conveniently in our office. Once we have determined the cause of your incontinence, we can come up with a specific plan to help you to improve your quality of life. Grapes