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Gynecology

Heather A Dixon, D.O. -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Heather A Dixon, D.O.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Corpus Christi, TX

If you're a woman, you're likely to experience a gynecological health condition at some point in your life. Fortunately, Heather Dixon, DO, and the skilled team of OB/GYNs at Corpus Christi Women's Clinic offer an array of convenient gynecological services including birth control, well-woman exams, preventive health screenings, and much more. Their team strives to provide their patients with the most advanced treatments possible to help remedy many common gynecological conditions. To schedule your annual exam or to seek help for a female health concern, call the office in Corpus Christi, Texas, or use the online booking tool today.

Gynecology Q & A

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is health care that focuses on diseases and functions specific to females, especially those affecting the female reproductive system. 

Common forms of gynecology care include:

  • Birth control
  • Annual well-woman exams, including Pap smears
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Mammograms
  • Menopause treatment
  • Cancer screening
  • Diagnostic procedures for gynecologic conditions

Gynecology services change throughout the various stages of a woman's life.

When should I see a gynecologist?

You should schedule annual well-woman exams starting at the age of 21 or when you become sexually active, whichever comes first. Routine gynecology annual exams continue through the age of 70, at which time you can stop scheduling annual exams provided you do not have any new sexual partners within the last three years and no abnormal Pap smears. 

You may require more than one gynecology appointment annually if you have an abnormal Pap smear, vaginal pain, or changes in your period.

In addition to your annual well-woman visit, you should schedule an appointment with the team at Corpus Christi Women's Clinic if you have female health-related questions or experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • Painful intercourse or bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods 
  • Increased urination, urgency, or burning sensation
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
  • Itching, burning, or pain in your vaginal area
  • Visible sores or lumps on the genital area
  • Chronic vaginitis
  • Dyspareunia

These symptoms are often a sign that you've developed a sexually transmitted infection or another issue with your reproductive system. 

How do I choose the right form of contraception?

As cute as babies are, not everyone wants to get pregnant right now. There are many options for birth control. The right method for you depends on your medical history, current health, lifestyle, and preferences. You may choose a different form of contraception based on whether you intend to get pregnant in the future or wish to remain child-free indefinitely.

The most common, reversible birth control methods include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Intrauterine device
  • Hormonal implant
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragm
  • Birth control shot
  • Patch
  • Ring

If you are certain you do not want to get pregnant now or ever in the future, tubal ligation is permanent birth control you may want to consider.

Your doctor will discuss the pros and cons of each method to help you decide which method of birth control is right for you. Call Corpus Christi Women's Clinic or use the online booking tool to schedule a gynecology appointment today.