An IUD is an intrauterine device used for birth control. IUD placement is an in-office procedure which is short and simple, with no need for a surgical room or a long visit. The device itself is inserted into the uterus. Some women experience cramping and dizziness immediately following the procedure. Cramping usually subsides rather quickly, and deep breathing exercises can help patients relax. Some patients need someone to drive them home after the procedure.
A colposcopy is a diagnostic tool that is used following an abnormal pap smear. A colposcopy is usually performed in-office. Your doctor at A Center for Women's Care takes a small sample of abnormal cells for further examination from the cervix. During a colposcopy, patients may experience cramping or slight bleeding. An abnormal result from a colposcopy may be an indication of genital warts, cervical cancer or precancerous tissue. Dr. Hall may perform a colposcopy in conjunction with other procedures to determine the cause of the abnormal pap smear.
Ultrasounds, sometimes referred to as sonograms, are a medical test which uses high frequency sound waves to produce a picture of the organs in the body. In the case of pregnancy, ultrasounds are routinely prescribed to produce an image of the fetus. A 3D ultrasound uses a special sonogram machine and takes images from a few different angles, which reveal more detailed images of the fetus, such as facial features. It can also capture movements made by the baby during the procedure. A standard ultrasound only provides a two-dimensional image of the fetus. They are usually ordered in pregnancy for a variety of reasons, such as evaluating development of the baby, determining gestational age and identifying any abnormalities. Although the standard ultrasound produces a picture of the fetus, it may take a trained sonographer or a doctor to identify features and body parts.
Occasionally, a two-dimensional ultrasound may indicate a problem and a more sophisticated 3D ultrasound is needed to confirm an abnormality. For many pregnant women, there is no medical need for a 3D ultrasound, however the mom-to-be wants to get a better look at her baby. A Center for Women's Care, P.C. recommends that the test is performed after twenty-five weeks gestation when the baby is usually big enough to see features clearly.
3D ultrasounds are non-invasive and take about twenty minutes to complete. After a conductive gel is applied to the abdomen, the procedure is done by gliding a transducer over the pregnant women’s abdomen. A monitor is within view, allowing the woman to view the fetus and watch as the ultrasound is completed. Of course, Mom is given a keepsake photo and video of the baby.
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