Human anatomy is largely the same between the sexes, except when it comes to the reproductive system — and it’s a big exception. Women face a host of unique issues related to their reproductive health, requiring the expert guidance of a gynecologist such as Amy Bruner, MD, of Portland, Oregon. Dr. Bruner partners with women, helping them navigate every stage of their lives, ensuring their health into the future. To get started on your comprehensive women’s health care, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.
Your reproductive life, which dictates your health in many ways, can be divided into three stages:
Accompanying each of these stages are different health concerns as your hormones and reproductive organs adjust, driven by the biological imperative to reproduce — even if you don’t have children or don’t want children.
For this reason, you need a specialist such as Dr. Bruner to oversee these different stages, ensuring that your body functions properly throughout. Dr. Bruner understands your reproductive health and knows what to look out for. In fact, it’s this preventive care, more than anything, that makes specialized women’s health care imperative.
Women face a host of issues unique to their bodies because of their reproductive organs, including their:
As your hormone levels rise and fall throughout your life, the health of these organs may be affected, which Dr. Bruner monitors during each of your visits. The most common problems she watches out for are:
In addition to these problems, Dr. Bruner pays close attention to your transitions, especially as you pass through menopause.
During your visit with Dr. Bruner, which you should schedule annually, she first gathers your vital statistics and measurements. With these numbers recorded, she reviews any questions or concerns you may have since your last visit. Dr. Bruner pays close attention to any changes you report, which helps determine which tests to perform during your physical exam.
During your physical exam, Dr. Bruner performs both a visual examination of your vagina, as well as an exam using her hands to feel for any abnormalities or changes in your pelvic region and in your breasts.
If it’s time, she may also perform a Pap smear, during which she swabs your cervix to check for abnormal cells that could indicate you have cancer. Consult with Dr. Bruner before jumping to conclusions.
If Dr. Bruner finds anything during your exam or in your lab results, you may need to return for further investigation.
To get started on your women’s health care, call Amy Bruner, MD, of Portland, Oregon, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.