SWFL Integrative Medicine

Board Certified Gynecologists & Integrative Medicine Specialists located in Fort Myers, FL

Gynecology covers all the conditions and issues related to your reproductive system that you might experience as a woman. Highly experienced OB/GYN Heather Auld, MD, at SWFL Integrative Medicine in Fort Myers, Florida, has considerable expertise in helping women who have gynecological health problems, as well as providing preventive medicine services like well-woman exams. To find out more or schedule a consultation, call SWFL Integrative Medicine today or book an appointment online.

Gynecology Q&A

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is a medical field that focuses on the female reproductive system. This includes the:

  • Uterus
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Ovaries
  • Cervix
  • Vagina
  • Vulva

Any health problem connected to these organs or the hormones produced by the ovaries (estrogen and progesterone) is a gynecological condition.

Some of the problems you might experience that come under the umbrella of gynecology include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Yeast infection

Problems related to menopause are also a common reason for women to seek help from a gynecologist. Sexual health and reproduction can be gynecological issues, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and certain forms of cancer are regular requirements.

One of the key ways of maintaining the health of your reproductive system is to have an annual well-woman exam at SWFL Integrative Medicine.

What is a well-woman exam? 

An annual well-woman exam is an integral part of your health care. Visiting SWFL Integrative Medicine every year, even if you feel well, enables you to check in with your provider to make sure everything is healthy. It’s also a vital form of preventive medicine, ensuring you remain healthy by detecting early signs of problems like cervical cancer.

Your annual well-woman exam at SWFL Integrative Medicine includes a full physical exam, as well as:

  • A Pap smear (if you're due)
  • Medication review
  • Lab testing orders
  • Mammogram orders
  • Bone density orders

Of course, you don’t have to wait for your annual well-woman exam to visit SWFL Integrative Medicine. If you experience any symptoms or have any problems relating to your reproductive system, you should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Some of the conditions and symptoms that commonly require a visit to your gynecologist include:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Vaginal infections
  • Recurrent infections
  • Pelvic pain

You can also visit if you’re having problems because of a possible hormone imbalance.

What kinds of hormone problems come under gynecology?

The hormones estrogen and progesterone are made in your ovaries and are the cause of gynecological hormone imbalances. The most common types of hormone-related problems are premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and problems during perimenopause and menopause.

Menopausal symptoms can include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair

Your provider at SWFL Integrative Medicine is likely to recommend lab tests to determine your best treatment option. Depending on your current health and medical history, genetic makeup, and personal goals, you might benefit from nonhormonal herbal treatments or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

If you have any gynecological symptoms or want to book a well-woman exam, call SWFL Integrative Medicine today or schedule an appointment online.

What is Vitalia?

TempSure Vitalia™ is a non-surgical treatment for women to promote women’s vaginal comfort and wellness. The device emits a gentle radiofrequency to revitalize tissue in the vagina and other areas, such as the cervix and uterus.

As you age, your body undergoes changes that affect your sexual and reproductive health. Vaginal tissue may become lax and thin. Vitalia restores tissue strength and your sexual health by increasing blood flow to the area. The energy from the device heats your tissues to stimulate the production of rejuvenating collagen fibers.

What can Vitalia do for me?

Vitalia can improve your reproductive health in many ways, including:

  • Tighter vaginal tissue
  • Increased lubrication
  • Better control over your bladder
  • More sexual pleasure
  • Less cramping and pain
  • Relief from muscle spasms

You’ll notice results immediately after the procedure, and they improve even more over time as your body produces more collagen. Your provider at SWFL Integrative Medicine evaluates your needs and determines how many sessions will bring you your desired results. 

What does Vitalia feel like?

Treatments with Vitalia aren’t painful. Rather, you’ll feel a gentle warming sensation in the vaginal area. Many patients report that the experience is calming, comfortable, and even therapeutic. 

Your session lasts for about 30 minutes. You don’t need to take any extra time in your day for recovery, and you can get back to work comfortably immediately after the procedure.

Is Vitalia safe?

Your vaginal tissue and reproductive organs are a delicate part of your body, so you want to be sure that any treatment you get for them is safe. Vitalia is FDA-approved and safe for many patients. You shouldn’t get the treatment if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have cuts or wounds near the treatment area
  • Have an infection near the area
  • Are allergic to the materials on the device (e.g., gold)
  • Have unrealistic or unattainable expectations for the treatment

Of course, only your doctor at SWFL Integrative Medicine can determine whether or not the treatment is safe for you. Your medical history will be reviewed to decide if it’s your best option.

If your body is changing drastically as you age, call SWFL Integrative Medicine to find out if Vitalia can help you regain your reproductive comfort and health. You can also book an appointment online. 



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