The Gynecology Division at UCLA is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care for women
Our focus is to care for the whole patient, with particular emphasis on the female reproductive system, including routine primary and preventive care, pregnancy and delivery, menopause, and medical or surgical management of all gynecological problems. Our doctors provide a full range of general gynecologic services for women, from yearly examinations and screenings to highly specialized procedures.
General gynecologic problems include abnormal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, loss of bladder control, pelvic floor disorders, problems with pelvic support and contraceptive counseling.
In our center, we have a full range of diagnostic tools to assist our providers in providing an accurate diagnosis at your initial visit. Services include ultrasound, endoscopic examination, laparoscopic surgery and Pap tests and colposcopy to evaluate abnormal Pap tests. Our providers can initiate comprehensive evaluation and treatment for health concerns associated with menopause, including osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Many problems can be managed using medication, lifestyle modification or non-invasive techniques.
When surgery is necessary we offer the full-range of gynecologic surgical modalities including minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgery. We are able to provide complete care for women with abnormal bleeding, fibroids, ovarian conditions, endometriosis, cervical conditions and other common gynecologic disorders. At UCLA we also offer expert consultation for the management of chronic pelvic pain and vulvar disorder.
5 tips to prepare for a routine gynecologic exam
- Have on hand information about your medical history as well as prior pap smears, vaccinations, mammograms and sexually transmitted infection testing.
- Know the date, duration and any problems that you want to discuss with your provider.
- Be willing to discuss if you have any concerns with your sexual life.
- Be prepared to discuss your reproductive life plans.
- Note any other gynecological concern and how it has affected your life.
5 things to expect at a routine gynecologic exam
- Healthcare screening for preventable conditions
- Menstrual health evaluation
- Sexual health discussion
- Reproductive life planning
- Gynecological concerns conversation
10 things to discuss during a pre-conception visit with your gynecologist
Factors such as your weight or what medications you’re taking can play a vital role when preparing for pregnancy. Before you start trying to conceive, talk to your gynecologist about ways to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.
- Pregnancy goals – It is important to discuss your “reproductive life plan” with your gynecologist. Talk through how many children you eventually want to have, and how many years apart you would like them to be.
- Medical conditions – If you suffer from any major medical problems, please discuss its effect on pregnancy and vice-versa with your gynecologist.
- Medications – Discuss all the medications you are taking and your gynecologist will check if they are safe during pregnancy.
- Supplements – Folic acid is very important during pregnancy. Discuss with your gynecologist how much you should be taking and for how long.
- Family history and genetic conditions – Be prepared to discuss your and your partner’s family health history. Collect information from immediate family members about any diseases that run in your family.
- Lifestyle and social situations – If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use marijuana or other drugs, let your gynecologist know. Also discuss your work and home environment and any factors that may affect a healthy pregnancy.
- Immunization – During pregnancy, infections such as rubella and chickenpox can cause congenital birth defects. Discuss with your gynecologist how best to check if you are already protected by vaccination or prior exposure to the disease.
- Infectious diseases – Be prepared to discuss any history of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes or HIV.
- Maintaining a healthy weight – Discuss your ideal pre-pregnancy weight and how to reach and maintain that before you get ready for pregnancy.
- Healthy mind for healthy pregnancy – Discuss how you feel about your life and your mental health in general. Talk through any pre-diagnosed conditions and see how they may affect, or be affected by, pregnancy.
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