WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Annual Exams: Dr. Carlson provides annual gynecologic exams for women of all ages. Components of the annual exam include screening for:
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Colon Cancer
Surgical Procedures: Dr. Carlson performs minor outpatient gynecologic surgical procedures, including dilatation and curettage (D&C), hysteroscopy, LEEP, cone biopsy, labial and perineum revisions.
Menopause Counseling: Dr. Carlson offers extensive options for the evaluation and treatment of menopause. She thoroughly evaluates all aspects of menopause including physical, psychological, and laboratory components. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, alternative treatment options, and hormone replacement therapy, both traditional and bioidentical.
Contraceptive Management: Dr. Carlson offers a complete array of contraceptive choices: natural family planning, hormonal options (pills, injections, patches, vaginal rings), barrier methods (diaphragm fitting), and the insertion of IUDs.
Infertility Evaluation: Dr. Carlson provides initial infertility evaluations, which include a thorough history, physical, and laboratory evaluation. Dr. Carlson refers all patients who require assisted reproductive techniques, such as In Vitro Fertilization, to infertility specialists.
Pelvic Pain Evaluation and Treatment: Dr. Carlson provides a complete pelvic pain evaluation including symptom history, physical examination, ultrasound, and laboratory tests. This initial comprehensive evaluation expedites the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain. Treatment modalities include counseling, behavior modification, medication, and, if necessary, diagnostic and therapeutic surgical procedures.
Abnormal Pap: Dr. Carlson evaluates and treats abnormal Pap tests. She provides counseling and treatment for human papilloma virus (HPV). Dr. Carlson performs colposcopies in the office and laser, LEEP, and cone biopsies in an outpatient surgery center.
Genetic Testing: Dr. Carlson offers genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2. Women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer are counseled about the possibility of a genetic link and testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation.