Comprehensive Care for Women
About Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB-GYN)
Women have different health needs for ob-gyn care at every stage of their life. That’s why Lee Health offers a full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology services throughout Lee County and the surrounding areas. Our OB-GYN specialists are dedicated to compassionately deliver care for women’s health. From the yearly check-ups and contraceptive counseling to obstetrics care and menopause treatment, our obstetricians and gynecologists are there to support you, every step of the way.
We also provide comprehensive gynecological services — from annual exams and family planning to the treatment of menstrual, pelvic organ, and pelvic floor disorders to menopause management. Our physicians have special expertise in adolescent and pediatric gynecology.
Common OB-GYN Services
Our OB-GYN specialists at Scripps treat a variety of women’s health issues, including:
- Cervical and breast cancer screenings
- Contraceptive counseling
- Overactive bladder
- Uterine fibroids
About Our Maternity Services
Having a baby is an exciting time and at Lee Health, we want to make it a healthy time for you and your baby. We offer a wide range of maternity services including prenatal, perinatal (high-risk pregnancy care) and postpartum services in locations throughout Lee County. Whether this is your first baby or you are continuing to build your family, our experienced physicians and clinical staff are there to help you every step of the way, from getting pregnant to parenting.
Common Maternity Services
Lee Health offers a full range of maternity services to help you and your baby have a happy, healthy pregnancy, including:
- Prenatal care
- Perinatal care for high risk pregnancies
- Labor and delivery services
- Midwife services
- Lactation services
- Postpartum care
About Menopausal Care
Perimenopause and menopause are a natural part of a woman’s life cycle. Perimenopause is the years prior to menopause where the ovaries prepare to stop releasing eggs and reduce the amount of estrogen production. Once the ovaries no longer have eggs to release, menstruation stops, which is called menopause.
With this reduction in estrogen comes a multitude of perimenopausal symptoms that may interfere with daily life. Symptoms of perimenopause can include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Urinary incontinence treatment
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
In addition to uncomfortable symptoms, the reduction in estrogen associated with menopause can have a long-term effect on your health. Without hormone replacement therapy, menopause can increase your risk for:
- Heart attack
- Vision problems including cataracts and macular degeneration
Hormone replacement therapy
While perimenopause and menopause can’t be prevented, the symptoms can be controlled. One of the most common treatment methods is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Through hormone replacement therapy, synthetic forms of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are used to mitigate symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy can reduce the risk of some long-term health problems such as bone loss, but can also increase the risks of certain cancers. Your gynecologist will discuss the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy to decide what will work best for you.
Lifestyle changes for perimenopause and menopause
In addition to hormone replacement therapy, your gynecologist may suggest some lifestyle changes to reduce perimenopause and menopause symptoms. These may include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Over-the-counter remedies for specific symptoms
- Complementary medicine such as acupuncture and massage
Lee Health's Integrative Medicine Program helps women find more holistic ways to manage perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.