Many gynecology conditions can be treated by our family nurse practitioners at FamilyCare of Kent. Some of the most common problems we treat are vaginal infections and discharge, abnormal Pap smears, HPV, and genital warts.
Vaginitis (infection of the vagina) is one of the most common gynecologic conditions we take care of in our office. The symptoms include abnormal discharge, vulvar or vaginal discomfort, or all three. A cervical inflammation called cervicitis may also cause a discharge.
Vaginal discharge is part of the body’s way of maintaining a healthy balance. Normal discharge is usually clear or milky with no odor. A change in the amount, color, or smell, plus irritation, itching, or burning could be symptoms of an infection.
The most common causes of vaginitis are bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomoniasis. Nevertheless, many women with vaginitis may remain undiagnosed.
Accurate diagnosis may be elusive, and care must be taken to distinguish these conditions from other infectious and noninfectious causes. Our nurse practitioners use gynecology testing to identify the cause. We can test for causes related to the following diseases, infections, or conditions:
Treatment of vaginitis varies by cause and should be directed at the underlying cause.
Abnormal Pap smears are a common problem in gynecology. Our nurse practitioners can use colposcopy and cervical biopsy to determine the degree of disease present and the next step to be taken. Testing on Pap smear samples for the presence of multiple types of HPV can be done, along with identification of high-risk HPV species.
HPV, or human papilloma virus, can infect the mouth, throat, cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, and perianal areas. Our nurse practitioners use gynecologic colposcopy to magnify and evaluate potential sites for infection. Once identified, the appropriate treatment for HPV can begin.
Please visit FamilyCare of Kent’s patient education library to find other gynecology conditions.
Need to see a gynecologist? Our family nurse practitioners can provide many of the same services. For more information about our gynecology services or to make an appointment, call FamilyCare of Kent, Washington at (253) 859-2273 (CARE) or use our online appointment request form.