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Dr. Vanderloos provides a variety of medical and surgical treatments for women of all ages. Women from in and around Shreveport, LA can make appointments for an annual pap smear, menopausal and premenstrual management, long-term contraception, bladder urgency and incontinence and female sexual dysfunction.
What is long-term contraception?
Women have a variety of options available for long-term contraception including the IUD, implants and sterilization procedures. IUD stands for the intrauterine device, a T-shaped device that is implanted in the uterus during a simple, in-office procedure. IUDs feature tiny copper coils that work by altering the chemical composition of the cervical and uterine fluid and mucus, making the environment inhospitable or “unfriendly” to sperm. Some IUDs also use hormones to provide additional protection against becoming pregnant. A birth control implant is a matchstick-sized device that is placed under the skin of the arm and which releases hormones over time. Implants can remain in place for several years and can be easily removed by the doctor when they need to be replaced. Essure is a permanent form of birth control that uses tiny inserts placed into the fallopian tubes. The inserts promote the formation of a natural barrier that prevents the eggs and sperm from meeting so fertilization and pregnancy cannot occur. The Essure procedure uses minimally-invasive techniques that can be performed in about 10 minutes. Once the implants are in place, it takes about three months for the natural barrier to form completely, so another form of birth control must be used until then.
How are bladder urgency and incontinence treated?
Urinary incontinence in women is described as either stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or overactive bladder also known as bladder urgency. With SUI, damage or weakness in the pelvic floor allows urine to leak when a physical activity like sneezing, coughing, laughing or straining during exercise increases pressure on the bladder. This form of incontinence is usually treated with a combination of Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor and in some cases minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Bladder urgency is often treated with medication and is characterized by spasm of the bladder or increased bladder sensitivity.
How is female sexual dysfunction treated?
The treatment will depend on the cause of the issue. If the cause is hormonal, Dr. Vanderloos could suggest hormone therapy to boost estrogen levels. Sometimes prescription medication can help underlying medical or hormonal issues. There may also be lifestyle changes that could improve sexual function including improving communication with your partner, making healthier choices when it comes to diet and exercise. There are also a variety of lubricants and aids that could help improve sexual function. Dr. Vanderloos will provide confidential advice and treatment to help you restore your sexuality.