Choices Women’s Medical Center offers a full range of gynecological testing and treatment, in addition to education. Dedicated to the highest quality of patient care, Choices serves women of all cultures, nationalities, gender identities, and ages. Regardless of the questions you have or the symptoms you may be experiencing, Choices can help. Our gynecologists provide services that are 100% confidential, honest, and factual. Our same-day and walk-in appointment options make it easy for you to get all of your questions answered.
Gynecology is medical care that deals with a woman’s reproductive system. Gynecology is about keeping women healthy as well as treating medical conditions and illnesses having to do with the reproductive system.
Dedicated to the highest quality of patient care, Choices Women’s Medical Center serves women of all ages, cultures, nationalities, and gender identities with complete confidentiality. Regardless of the questions you have or the symptoms you may be experiencing, Choices can help. Our gynecologists provide services that are based on the most up-to-date medical information and treatment. Our same-day and walk-in appointment options make it easy for you to get all of your questions answered as quickly as possible.
To see some common Frequently Asked Questions for Gynecology, click here.
Choices treats the whole woman, you are more than your vagina.
Gynecology Services at Choices are affordable. Financial help is available. You can apply for Emergency Medicaid in our office for pregnancy-related care and Family Planning services. All insurances are accepted, and we will assist you with reasonable self-pay plans. Call our Financial Specialists for information.
Gynecology Services at Choices are easy to access. Choices women’s Medical Center is easy to reach by New York City subway and buses, as well as private transportation.
Gynecology Appointments are Immediate. No waiting for days or weeks to get gynecology case or help for a problem. Same-day or next-day appointments are available. Choices is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8 am-5 pm.
Regular Well-Woman Exams with Choices Gynecology doctors and other medical professionals will make sure you are healthy and stay that way – and diagnose and treat any problems you may have. If you are sexually active, or are considering becoming sexually active, schedule an appointment to discuss birth control options – or how to take care of yourself for a good pregnancy. Your health and age will determine how often you should see a Choices GYN ranging from six months, to once a year or every other year.
Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for the exam will help make your Choices experience a good one; being prepared to raise your questions and concerns will help your gynecology specialists and doctors give you the best care possible. And that’s what we’re here for.
Choices offers many different types of birth control. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable health care professionals will help you select the type that meets your needs and is best for you. Most insurances will cover the cost of birth control, and if you qualify you can get free birth control by enrolling onsite at Choices for the New York State Family Planning Benefit Program or Family Planning Extension Program. Click here to learn more about all birth control options available at Choices.
If you are thinking, “what is going on down there?”, it may be time to schedule a special appointment with a Choices Gynecologist. Symptoms like painful vaginal sex, pelvic pain, extremely painful or heavy periods, abnormal looking or smelling discharge, abnormal redness or spots anywhere around your vagina, vaginal itchiness, or hormonal changes, could be indicators of something that needs treatment.
It is important to get symptoms checked out and treated as soon as possible, as untreated infections or diseases can lead to chronic pain, infertility, or other more serious diseases. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms but have recently had unprotected sex or have multiple sexual partners, it is important to get tested for STIs/STDs.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and diseases (STDs) are spread through intimate sexual activity: vaginal, anal and oral sex. Many can be cured. Others cannot. But all STIs and STDs can be treated. These include Herpes, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrea, Chlamydia and HIV/AIDS.
The only way to know for sure if you have an STI or STD is to get tested. Both men and women, all ages and gender identities can get tested at Choices. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent serious health problems. Visit the special page on our website to learn more about STIs and STDs, testing and treatment.
Menstrual pain is any pain or cramping caused by your menstrual cycle (your period). There are many different treatment options, so it is important to discuss your symptoms with your provider to determine what’s best for you. The birth control pill can often help reduce cramping and promote more regular cycles, while some hormonal IUDs may temporarily get rid of your period all together. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Aleve can also be used to treat pain.
The most important thing to remember with menstrual pain is that while some pain or cramping is normal, severe pain along with other symptoms may be a sign of an underlying problem – including endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) – that needs to be treated. Your regular periods should not be keeping you home from school or work, or from completing daily tasks
Choices has pledged to remain a part of our patients’ healthcare throughout the passage of time and cycles of life and offers a list of services especially for seniors. For women, Choices is here to guide you through the pre-menopausal and menopausal changes that you experience.
Our senior and mid-life services include hormone level testing, hormone replacement, nutritional counseling, counseling for age-related psychological problems, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, medical and holistic treatments for emotional and physical problems and referrals for osteoporosis screenings and mammograms.
While some pain and cramping during your menstrual cycle is normal, severe pain that affects your day-to-day life is not. It may be a sign of an underlying issue. Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain, affecting more than 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years. Symptoms can include severe cramping and very painful periods, heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, pain during sex, digestive/urinary issues, difficulty getting or staying pregnant, and hormonal issues. If left untreated, endometriosis can lead to infertility and severe chronic pain. While there is no cure yet, endometriosis can be treated hormonally (oral hormone pills or hormonal IUDs) and surgically (removal of endometrial tissue) to dramatically reduce most symptoms.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids are common (as many as 1 in 5 women will have them during childbearing years) and most commonly occur in women between the ages of 30 and 50. While some women may never know they have uterine fibroids and have no symptoms, some women may experience pelvic pain, pain with vaginal sex, heavy, painful, and long periods or irregular bleeding between cycles, frequent urination, and difficulty getting pregnant. Some uterine fibroids can just disappear on their own, but others may continue to cause severe symptoms or continue to grow and need medical treatment.
A Choices Gynecologist can diagnose fibroids during a GYN visit with the use of sonogram imaging. Treatment for fibroids includes hormonal medication, non-invasive procedures that cut off blood supply to fibroids, or surgery in more severe cases. Because many fibroid symptoms can be very similar to symptoms of endometriosis and other reproductive health issues, it’s important to make an appointment for an evaluation.
Sonography is a type of medical imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves, also known as ultrasound, to produce images of organs, tissues and blood flow. Choices’ obstetrics and gynecology specialists use Sonography to determine length of pregnancy or to help diagnose potential problems involving the ovaries or uterus.
A Pap test (also known as a Pap Smear) is a test for cervical cancer. It is one of the most important gynecology tests a woman should have on a regular basis to keep healthy. In an examination room, the doctor gently swabs a tiny sample of cells from the patient’s cervix (the opening of the uterus). The sample is then sent to a lab to test for any abnormal cells. Abnormal cells do not mean the patient has cervical cancer, but further tests may be needed.
Who should get a Pap Test?
Women aged 21–29 years should have a Pap test alone every 3 years. Women aged 30–65 years should have a Pap test alone every 3 years or a PAP Test and an HPV test (co-testing) every 5 years (preferred). Over 65 years, no screening is needed.
Pay attention to your body. If you have any of the following, contact Choices Women’s Medical Center immediately and make an appointment with a gynecology specialist. These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a gynecology doctor. The earlier ovarian cancer is found and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.
Both Gardasil and Gardasil 9 aim to protect against HPV. Gardasil protects both women and men from 4 types of HPV virus that can cause up to 90% of anal cancers and genital warts.
The vaccine has also been shown to assist with protection against vulvar and vaginal cancers, as well as the formation of precancerous cervical cells.
Choices Women’s Medical Center offers all manner of HPV vaccine education and administration to women. Our care is non-judgmental, compassionate, and truthful, and our patients enjoy same-day and walk-in appointments.
A clinical breast examination (CBE) is a physical examination of the breast done by a health professional. Clinical breast examinations are used along with mammograms to check women for breast cancer and breast health.
Being unable to get pregnant when you want to can be extremely frustrating and emotionally draining. At Choices, we are here to help figure out why you and your partner have not been able to get pregnant. If you are 35 or younger, it is recommended that you make an appointment for an infertility consultation if you are off birth control and have been having sexual intercourse for one year and still haven’t gotten pregnant. If you are over 35, you should make an appointment after 6 months of having sexual intercourse off of birth control. If you are 40 you should make an appointment as soon as possible.
If you have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, Choices offers Natera ANORA genetic testing to help find genetic conditions that may have caused these outcomes. If the test results show that you or your partner are positive for genetic conditions that resulted in the miscarriage or stillbirth, a referral will be made to a genetic specialist to develop a plan going forward.