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Women's Health Services

We provide care through all stages of life in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Gynecology Services
It is important for women of all ages to have regular physicals that include a breast exam and pap smear because early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives. A pap smear tests for changes in the cells of the cervix, the opening of the uterus or womb. For those of childbearing age, full contraceptive services are offered. Medical and surgical treatment options are available for chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, menstrual problems, endometriosis, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, osteoporosis and menopause issues.

Osteoporosis Treatment
Osteoporosis is the thinning of the density of your bones that may lead to fracture. Osteoporosis will affect nearly half of all women over 50 in their lifetime. There are no early warning signs – the first sign is often a broken bone or the gradual decline in height. But osteoporosis can be treated and even reversed with the proper treatment. The Dexascan at Sanford Vermillion can help detect osteoporosis before any symptoms show by scanning your bones for density. Your doctor may suggest adding calcium, fluoride and vitamin D to your diet as well as prescribing hormone therapy such as estrogen or other medicines known to build bone strength. A weight-bearing exercise program such as walking and running will help maintain or build up bone strength. The Rehabilitation Department at Sanford Vermillion can recommend some exercises especially for those at risk for osteoporosis.

Pelvic Pain Treatment
Chronic pelvic pain may be closely connected to problems in the muscles, joints or nerves. Scars from surgery or childbirth may contribute to this painful condition. If you have been in pain for several weeks, you may be unconsciously holding parts of your body in a tense and rigid position to protect yourself from more pain. These tense positions may cause weak and painful muscles, strained joints and compressed nerves. Working with your physician, our physical therapists can evaluate your problem and help you manage the debilitating effects of pelvic pain.

Urinary Incontinence
Women of all ages may experience an uncontrolled loss of urine, called urinary incontinence. Aging, pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation and chronic coughing can weaken the muscles in the pelvic area. If you notice urine leaking when you cough, lift, sneeze or exercise, you may have the most common type of leakage called stress incontinence. If you feel a sudden and strong need to urinate and sometimes do not make it to the bathroom in time, you may have urge incontinence. While incontinence is common, it is not normal and can be treated by a medical team approach, including a physical therapist. Therapy treatments may include strengthening exercises, biofeedback training, gentle electrical stimulation, training in proper lifting and moving techniques, and suggesting foods to avoid, which may be irritating to the bladder.

Call (605) 677-3500 for more information.