Thank you for visiting my new website. My goal is to provide you with general gynecology and women’s health information, in addition to specific information regarding Woman to Woman Gynecology Services. Check back often for new information and links to current articles of interest. I hope to see you in the clinic soon.
Barbara L. Patrick, MD
A Doctor You Can Confide in for:
Medical and surgical treatment of menstural disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, general infertility testing and treatment. Well women exams, birth control counseling and evaluation of abnormal pap smears.
Q&A with Dr. Patrick
I have heavy periods, are there any alternatives to hysterectomy?
There are many options available to treat heavy bleeding. Oral contraceptive pills and Depoprovera can decrease or even halt your menstrual flow. If medications don’t work, or you have a contraindication to using them, you may want to try a Merina IUD. This releases a small amount of progesterone into the uterine lining, making the period lighter and less crampy. A second option is endometrial ablation, which is a minor surgical procedure where the lining of the uterus is burnt away. If fibroids are causing your problems you could consider uterine artery embolization where a substance is injected into the uterine arteries to block the blood flow, allowing the fibroids to shrink.