Dr. David J Patton specializes in women’s health care throughout all phases of life. Our goal is to create a lasting partnership with our patients so that we understand each unique history and can deliver the best care possible. We offer services from adolescence through menopause.
Women’s healthcare is more than just an annual visit to your gynecologist. Throughout her life, a woman’s body and healthcare needs are continually developing and changing, from adolescence through menopause. We are here to support women through each stage, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Our providers can offer everything from family planning and pregnancy care to menopause management. Regular evaluation of family cancer risk in addition to, Pap smears, breast and pelvic exams, improve the likelihood of early disease detection.
Some of the most frequently asked questions in our practice revolve around hormone treatment. Menopause is defined as cessation of periods for more than 12 consecutive months in women over the age of 40. Laboratory tests or hormonal levels are not always helpful in diagnosing menopause in women with a uterus and on birth control pills.
Once you are menopausal, the decision to use estrogen and/or progesterone is up to you, based on your symptoms. If your symptoms are unbearable and inhibiting your enjoyment of life, the use of hormone replacement therapy can be helpful in management of menopausal discomfort.