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507 S. 4th St.
Clinton IA 52732
phone: 888-716-0559
fax: 563-241-4004

Bettendorf

Trinity Bettendorf
4480 Utica Ridge Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
phone: 888-716-0559

Morrison

Morrison Community Hospital
2nd Floor Specialty Clinic
303 N Jackson
Morrison IL 61270
phone: 888-716-0559

Gynecology

Annual Exams

Yearly pelvic exams and Pap smears are important in monitoring your gynecologic health and screening for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treating any disease and especially important for cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.

Annual exams are recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 21. During the exam, your breasts and pelvic organs will be examined for any abnormalities or changes. A Pap smear involves removing some cells from the cervix to be sent to a lab for evaluation of the cells. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.

In Office Exams and Procedures

Infinity Medical Group offers a wide variety of gynecological services to meet the specific healthcare needs of each individual patient. Gynecology services and procedures range from the first gynecologic office visit experience to diagnosis and treatment of any problem that might occur.

We offer a wide variety of procedures in the office under local anesthesia for the utmost in comfort and convenience for the patient. We know that our patients have busy lives, so we do everything possible to minimize their downtime and maximize the ease of getting through needed medical treatment.

• D & C
• Treatment for abnormal pap smears (LEEP or cryosurgery)
• Endometrial biopsy
• Her Option endometrial cryoablation for excessive bleeding
• IUD insertion and removal
• Essure sterilization
• And more…..

Abnormal Pap Smears

An abnormal Pap smear doesn’t necessarily indicate a condition like HPV or cervical cancer. Pap smears are constructed to detect any changes within the cervical cells, and abnormal results may indicate other conditions such as inflammation, hyperkeratosis, or atypical squamous or glandular cells.

False positives are also common from Pap smears, but we take every precaution we can to ensure your health, so this is addressed individually with each patient.
Dr. Mona may perform a colposcopy after abnormal cells are found in order to examine the cervix more closely and take a biopsy of any abnormal tissues. Any necessary treatment will be performed after further examination.

Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual disorders can turn your monthly period from a minor hassle to a major, debilitating inconvenience. These disorders can cause physical and emotional symptoms and can severely disrupt your daily life for days or weeks at a time. Menstrual cycle disorders can cause symptoms like:

• Heavy bleeding
• Abdominal pain
• Nausea and vomiting
• Missed periods
• Mood swings

These symptoms are characteristic of several different menstrual disorders including abnormal uterine bleeding, amenorrhea, fibroids, dysmenorrheal, PMS and PMDD. While these disorders are not usually serious, they are often very painful.

Fortunately, treatment methods, from over-the-counter medications to a hysterectomy, are usually successful in relieving these symptoms to make that time of the month a little less problematic.

Menopause

At a certain time in every woman's life, the ovaries cease production of eggs and the menstrual cycle ends. A woman is born with a finite number of eggs that cause the menstruation and ovulation process. Once these eggs run out, those processes end as well. This event brings about physical and emotional effects for women as their bodies adjust to the changes. Menopause usually occurs naturally after the age of 40. Early menopause can occur as a result of disease or damage to the ovaries.

Menopause is diagnosed when a menstrual period has been absent for 12 months. However, the entire process takes several years and begins when the ovaries start producing less estrogen. This stage is known as perimenopause and is when symptoms may begin.

Menopausal symptoms include:

• Irregular vaginal bleeding
• Hot flashes
• Insomnia
• Night sweats
• Fatigue
• Depression
• Bladder control symptoms

Not all women experience symptoms of menopause. Those who do may be mild or severe. These symptoms can last from the perimenopause stage and for several years after menopause. The loss of estrogen production also increases the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. Effective treatment for most menopause symptoms and for reducing the associated risks are available and we can help you decide which options are best for you.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a medical condition in women in which the uterine lining (endometrium) moves out of the uterus and into other parts of the pelvic area such as the ovaries, bowels or behind the uterus. This condition affects about five million women in the US so it is quite common, and although it can be painful and interfere with your daily life, it is generally not a serious or harmful condition.

During your period, this tissue swells and bleeds and sheds from the lining to be released within the menstrual flow. When it is in other areas, this swelling causes pain and may form scar tissue. There is no known cause of this condition, but it tends to run in families. Symptoms of endometriosis include:

• Painful menstrual cramps
• Chronic lower back and pelvic pain
• Pain during or after sex
• Heavy and/or long menstrual periods
• Infertility

Endometriosis can be diagnosed through an ultrasound or MRI. Although there is no cure for the disease, symptoms can be treated depending on their type and severity.

Hormone Imbalances

As you get older, your body slowly ceases to produce estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that thicken the uterus to prepare for implantation of a fertilized egg. However, these hormones also protect the body from developing uterine cancer and osteoporosis. The decrease is also responsible for many symptoms of menopause.

Since these hormones are valuable to our health, many women choose to replace them through a pill, patch or cream and retain the benefits that they produce through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Estrogen by itself helps to relieve menopause symptoms and prevent osteoporosis. When taken with progesterone, the combination therapy allows the uterine lining to shed each month without the regular bleeding. Since there are risks associated with HRT, it is important to take the lowest dosage possible and reevaluate your therapy each year. Your doctor can help you decide which, if any, type of HRT is right for you.

Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain is classified as pain below the belly button lasting longer than 6 months. The pain can range from mild to severe, dull to sharp and may come and go or be constant. It is usually a symptom of another condition. Pelvic pain can be a result of several different causes, many of which can be successfully treated.

Although the cause of pelvic pain cannot always be determined, some common causes include:

• Endometriosis
• Uterine fibroids
• Scar tissue after surgery or infection
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Physical or sexual abuse

Patients who suffer from pelvic pain will receive a full physical exam to determine the cause of pain. Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause, but can include:

• Birth control pills or hormone treatment
• Surgery to remove a cyst or tumor
• Antibiotics
• Pain relievers

Pelvic pain can be a debilitating condition that can affect your everyday life. We will work with you to diagnose the cause of pain in order to receive effective treatment.

Abnormal Pap Smears

An abnormal Pap smear doesn’t necessarily indicate a condition like HPV or cervical cancer. Pap smears are constructed to detect any changes within the cervical cells, and abnormal results may indicate other conditions such as inflammation, hyperkeratosis, or atypical squamous or glandular cells.

False positives are also common from Pap smears, but we take every precaution we can to ensure your health, so this is addressed individually with each patient. Dr. Mona may perform a colposcopy after abnormal cells are found in order to examine the cervix more closely and take a biopsy of any abnormal tissues. Any necessary treatment will be performed after further examination.

If you have questions, please Contact Us for additional information

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a medical condition in women in which the uterine lining (endometrium) moves out of the uterus and into other parts of the pelvic area such as the ovaries, bowels or behind the uterus. This condition affects about five million women in the US and is one of the most common health problems. It is generally not a serious or harmful condition, but can be painful and may interfere with your daily life.

During your period, this tissue swells and bleeds and sheds from the lining to be released within the menstrual flow. When it is in other areas, this swelling causes pain and may form scar tissue. There is no known cause of this condition, but it tends to run in families. Symptoms of endometriosis include:

• Painful menstrual cramps
• Chronic lower back and pelvic pain
• Pain during or after sex
• Heavy and/or long menstrual periods
• Infertility
Endometriosis can be diagnosed through an ultrasound or MRI. Although there is no cure for the disease, symptoms can be treated depending on their type and severity. Talk to our office if you think you may be experiencing endometriosis.