Marsha E. Gorens, MD
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Near West Side, Chicago, IL
Women’s health is about more than routine health exams. It’s about caring for yourself from the inside out. Dr. Marsha E. Gorens is a gynecologist in Near West Side, Chicago who understands the complexity of women’s health care and provides medical treatment in addition to aesthetic procedures. Call Marsha E. Gorens, MD, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about how she can help you reach optimal health.
Gynecologist Q & A
What is a gynecologist?
A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s health and the female reproductive system. This field of medicine focuses on providing care and treatments for conditions unique to women and their sexual health such as fertility, incontinence, and hormonal imbalances.
What types of services do gynecologists provide?
A few of the common services provided by gynecologists include cervical cancer and HPV screenings, testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, and contraceptive counseling.
Cervical cancer and HPV screening
There are many strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), and some can lead to cervical cancer. A Pap smear performed every one to three years, depending on your age, can detect abnormal cells that may lead to cervical cancer.
Sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)
Women often have no symptoms with an STD, so they might have an infection without knowing it. When left untreated, STDs can recur and have debilitating effects.
Choosing a method of contraception that’s right for you involves several factors. Dr. Gorens can furnish the information you need to make an informed decision.
Breast cancer screenings
Gynecologists also provide breast cancer screenings. Women over 20 should examine their breasts monthly for signs of pain, swelling, or lumps. If abnormalities are present, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Gorens. When you reach 40, you need an annual mammogram and clinical exam.
Excessive menstrual bleeding
Also known as menorrhagia, excessive menstrual bleeding is a condition that involves blood loss and cramps that are so severe that they disrupt your daily activities.
You might have menorrhagia if you pass blood clots that are larger than a quarter, need to double your sanitary protection or have to change your pads or tampons every hour for several hours in a day.
Excessive menstrual bleeding can have a variety of causes, including uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Dr. Gorens gets to the bottom of your issue and recommends appropriate treatment to give you relief from your uncomfortable symptoms.
Are tests and treatments for thyroid disorders included in gynecologic care?
Dr. Gorens helps women manage thyroid disorders as part of an overall wellness plan, and your yearly gynecologic exam is the perfect time to monitor your thyroid blood work. She may also check your hormone levels any time you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to your thyroid.
If you’re due for an annual gynecologic exam or have a women’s health issue you’d like to discuss with Dr. Gorens, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.