Dr. Steve is proud to offer full women's wellness care, including:

Well Woman Annual Exams

We provide annual exams, pap smear screening, breast exam screening, STD screening and order other tests as recommended by ACOG, CDC and other medical organizations. Results are given to the patient in person or by phone.

Contraception

Options include:

Call 985.223.3811 for an appointment to consult on which option is right for you.

Infertility

Raising a family is one of the most rewarding aspects of life.  For those who want children but are having difficulty getting pregnant, this can be a long, frustrating episode in your life.  At the Southern GYN Specialty Center, we can help determine what may be preventing you from attaining a successful pregnancy.  We can assist with ovulation induction, intrauterine inseminations, and treat other medical conditions that may be interfering with your ability to get pregnant.  Come and let us help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent.

As a reminder to all with fertility issues, stress impairs fertility.  It is not unusual to hear of women who give up after months or years of fertility treatments and then become pregnant.  A study has shown that women who failed to conceive after one cycle of IVF and underwent stress reduction therapy were more than twice as likely to succeed in the next cycle as women who did not receive the stress reduction therapy. To optimize your outcome, find a way to lower your stress, whether it be through yoga, meditation, exercise, prayer, counseling, or any other form of relaxation.  At Southern GYN Specialty Center, we have acupunturists and massage therapists on staff that can help you relax and make fertility treatment a little less stressful.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can be a disabling problem to contend with.  Pain can originate from anywhere in the pelvis and a detailed history and physical exam are critical to determine the source of the pain. 

At the Southern GYN Specialty Center, we use traditional medical and surgical treatment for pelvic pain.  Acupunture, physical medicine, and massage therapy are a few alternative options available to help restore your life to normal.

Female Sexual Dysfunction

Intimacy is an important part of relationships.  Issues that interfere with a woman's enjoyment with sex can lead to problems in their relationship.  Physical and psychological disorders must be accurately identified to pursue beneficial therapies for female sexual disorders.  A detailed history and physical exam, and blood work if needed, can identify psychological or medical problems that interfere with a woman's normal sexual function.

Endometriosis

Recurring pain that begins before your menstrual cycle begins and ends with the end of the cycle is typically endometriosis.  Symptoms can start at any age while a woman is having menstrual cycles.  Endometriosis can make it more difficult to get pregnant.  Both surgical and non-surgical treatments options are available.  Early treatment leads to improved control of endometriosis. 

Bladder Problems

Most women will have bladder issues at some point in their lives.  A variety of bladder problems can cause pain, stress or embarrassment. We can help to treat bladder infections, stress incontinence, bladder spasms, interstitial cystitis, stress incontinence and overactive bladders.  These are all treatable conditions that do not have to control your life.

Abnormal Pap Smears

At the Southern GYN Specialty Center, we can evaluate and treat abnormal pap smears in the office.  Pap smear guidelines were changed at the end of 2012.  Pap smears are now recommended to begin at age 21 and should be performed every 2 years untill age 29. 

At age 30 and beyond, screening should be performed every 3-5 years with an HPV screen depending on the woman's past pap history and risk factors for dysplasia.  Pap screening may be discontinued in women who have had a hysterectomy and no history of cervical dysplasia.  The pap smears may also be discontinued at the age of 65-70 in women who have had at least 3 normal pap smears and no abnormal paps in the prior 10 years.  The optimal frequency of screening should be discussed with your physician.

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are a normal part of female reproduction.  During the reproductive years, women form an ovulatory cyst on their ovary each month.  The egg develops in this cyst.  After ovulation, the cyst will remain for approximately 2 weeks and go away if pregnancy does not occur.  When a woman becomes pregnant, the cyst produces hormones that support the pregnancy until the pregnancy can support itself.  These ovulatory cysts do not usually cause problems, although, on occasion, they can cause pain when they rupture or bleed.

Cysts or masses on the ovary that do not resolve are not normal.  Depending on the circumstances, the ovary may be removed or the cysts may be removed from the ovary preserving the remaining normal portion of the ovary.

Ovarian cysts or masses that occur after menopause have an increased risk of being cancer and require an evaluation with a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist.