From adolescence to adulthood, women experience unique healthcare needs at every stage of their lives. At Physicians Health Institute for Women, our compassionate team of physicians is committed to meeting these needs with all-encompassing care for patients of all ages. We provide a broad spectrum of OB-GYN services to uplift your health, including wellness and screening exams, family planning, and contraceptive counseling, among many other types of care.
We encourage you to explore our services below to learn about how our obstetrician gynecologists, and women’s health professionals can help you receive the care you deserve. Please feel free to visit our practice or call our office at (619) 574-5303 if you would like to learn more.
- Low- & High-Risk Pregnancy
- Abnormal Periods
- Pelvic Pain
- Birth Control Counseling
- Cervical Cancer Screening
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Abnormal Pap Smears & HPV Infections
- Vaginal Infection & STD Screening and Treatment
- Fibroids & Polyps
- Ovarian Cysts
- Preconception Counseling
Low- & High-Risk Pregnancy
Obstetrical care can encompass a myriad of health and reproductive wellness services, including pre- and post-natal monitoring for both low- and high-risk pregnancies. Our obstetricians work closely with maternal-fetal medicine specialists if necessary to provide multidisciplinary care to support you throughout the process, especially if complications are identified prior to or during the course of your pregnancy.
While deviations from a normal period cycle can often be caused by factors like pregnancy, stress, and breastfeeding, irregular periods may also be a sign of a potentially serious health concern. If you are experiencing unusually painful, heavy, or absent periods, we can work with you to help identify the cause and restore a regular period cycle.
Pelvic pain in women can be a sign of anything from menstrual cramps to fibroids, endometriosis, cysts, or an infection in the reproductive organs. We can conduct the necessary testing to determine the root cause of acute or chronic pelvic pain, and develop an effective treatment plan accordingly. Potential diagnostic tests to help identify your pelvic pain may include blood tests, sonograms, MRI scans, or a laparoscopy, among other types of examinations.
Birth Control Counseling
There are many types of contraception that can help prevent an unwanted pregnancy. With an array of options available, the best method of birth control varies from patient to patient. Our doctors at Physicians Health Institute for Women provide contraceptive counseling to help you determine the best type of birth control for your needs, preferences, and desires. We also perform in-office procedures including IUD and Nexplanon® placement as well as removals.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by longstanding cases of HPV, which can be detected with a Pap smear. For this reason, routine cervical cancer screenings are recommended for women who are 21 and older. Our doctors provide both Pap smears and HPV testing to identify any abnormal cells on the cervix and can offer you treatment to prevent cervical cancer if necessary.
Breast Cancer Screening
Regular screenings are crucial to the early detection and successful treatment of breast cancer, particularly if you have a family history of the disease. At Physicians Health Institute for Women, we perform clinical breast exams (CBE) and order mammograms to detect potential signs of early-stage breast cancer. A mammogram is an x-ray to identify small tumors that cannot be felt, while a CBE is a physical exam designed to check for lumps and other abnormalities.
Abnormal Pap Smears and HPV Infections
If you currently have an abnormal pap smear or have had abnormal pap smears or HPV infections in the past, it is very important for you to have close follow-up care. Our team provides diligent care to monitor your health and can offer you additional screening or treatment with colposcopy, LEEP, or cone procedures.
Vaginal Infection & STD Screening and Treatment
Vaginal infections can encompass a range of issues, including yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and more. If you suspect a health issue in your intimate areas, an accurate diagnosis and prompt medical care are key to eliminating symptoms. We provide screenings and timely treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases and infections to restore your vaginal health and quality of life.
Fibroids and Polyps
A fibroid refers to a muscular growth within the uterus, while a polyp is similar to a skin tag that can grow along your endometrium or cervix. Both types of growths are rarely cancerous and commonly appear in women who are in their 40s and 50s. While fibroids and polyps are often benign and asymptomatic, they can be problematic for patients who experience symptoms such as pain or abnormal bleeding. Our physicians can develop a treatment plan to alleviate symptoms or remove fibroids and polyps with medications and/or a minor surgical procedure, such as a myomectomy or polypectomy.
Ovarian cysts are common and normal in women who have regular periods. Appearing as fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries on a sonogram, most types of cysts are benign and do not cause any symptoms. However, medical treatment may be necessary if a cyst causes pain, grows larger, or does not resolve after multiple periods. If you notice or experience any of the associated symptoms, our doctors can perform a pelvic exam to identify potential cysts and provide the necessary follow-up testing to treat your concerns.
Preconception counseling can help women with risk factors related to pregnancy—such as diabetes, heart disease, or autoimmune diseases—improve their health outcomes and their future newborn. Our obstetrician gynecologists recognize the need for specialized care among some women who plan to have children and who have certain medical conditions that may affect their pregnancy. We can help identify and optimize health issues and other risk factors prior to conception to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Our team of doctors and specialists provide comprehensive healthcare for women right in the heart of San Diego. To learn more about our services, please call us at (619) 574-5303 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.