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Gynecology and Preventive Health Care

Women have different health care needs at every stage of life. The team at Molokai General Hospital's Women's Health Center provide a full spectrum of gynecologic and preventive health care services for our community.


Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception is a safe and effective method of birth control you can use to prevent pregnancy up until five days after unprotected sex. This contraception method, also known as Plan B or the Morning-After Pill, is available in the Emergency Department when the Women’s Health Center is closed.


Family Planning

Birth control allows individuals and couples to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy. Our care team can discuss and help determine the birth control options that are right for you, including:

  • Abstinence
  • Cervical Cap (FemCap)
  • Condoms
  • Contraceptive Patch (Ortho Evra)
  • Contraceptive Pills
  • Diaphragm
  • Emergency Contraception (Plan B, Morning After Pill)
  • Female Condom
  • Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs)
  • Implant (Nexplanon)
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD - Mirena, Paragard)
  • Shot (Depo-Provera)
  • Spermicide
  • Sterilization for Women
  • Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing)
  • Vasectomy
  • Withdrawal

 


Gynecological Ultrasounds

Ultrasounds are very useful in diagnosing a variety of gynecologic issues. This procedure is a relatively non-invasive way to assess the reproductive organs in the pelvis and identify potential problems including uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, and many other issues. If necessary, your care provider will determine the need for an ultrasound.



Menopause Management

Menopause is a condition that women experience when their ovaries stop producing estrogen. Pre-menopause, or perimenopause, is the time before menopause when the ovaries still produce estrogen but on an inconsistent basis. Menopause is defined by the absence of menstruation and is often accompanied by symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. These changes can vary from mild to severe and last from a few months to many years. Since estrogen affects most areas of the female body, the onset of menopause affects many changes, such as loss of bone density, the progression of heart disease, and skin changes.

Our Women’s Health Center providers can help answer any menopause-related questions and assist in recommending possible treatment options. Please contact us for more information.

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Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing

Consider testing if you have had unprotected sex, even if you currently do not have symptoms. We have tests available for different STDs. Testing is available upon request.

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Well Woman Exam

The Well Woman Exam is an appointment with our Certified Nurse Midwives to discuss any questions or health issues, such as birth control, preventing or treating sexually transmitted infections, or issues related to menstruation. During your annual Well Woman Exam, you will be screened for potential gynecologic health problems. These screenings may include a pelvic exam, Pap test, breast exam, laboratory testing, and contraceptive or menopause management counseling.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the first gynecological visit for young females occur between the ages of 13 and 15. The first visit may just be an introductory discussion between you and our physicians. Depending on your current health care needs, there may also be an exam performed. The decision to perform an exam is based on age, health issues, or occurrence of sexual activity.


 

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