The OB/GYNs, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives at UF Health Women’s Specialists – North offer an array of services, from annual exams to complex surgeries. Some of the most common reasons women visit the practice include abnormal Pap smear results, abnormal bleeding and pregnancy.

Abnormal Pap smear

A woman receives a Pap smear to test her cervix for cancerous or precancerous cells every two to three years during her annual exam. When the test uncovers abnormal cells, it can cause anxiety for patients.

UF Health OB/GYNs regularly perform follow-ups for abnormal Pap smear results, providing compassionate care and a structured approach to make patients feel more at ease. Based on the patient’s results and medical history, they can develop a timeline to monitor the cells. This usually results in the patient having a Pap smear each year during her annual exam, but otherwise the body can heal on its own. Providers may also schedule a colposcopy, which involves looking at the cervix through a magnifying lens and can include a small tissue biopsy.

Abnormal uterine bleeding

Abnormal uterine bleeding is any bleeding or spotting that occurs between menstrual cycles, and includes having cycles longer than 38 days or shorter than 24 days. It can result from uterine fibroids, endometriosis or other conditions that have gone untreated.

Treatment options vary widely and depend on your physician’s diagnosis. UF Health providers start by checking for problems that are most common in your age group or may be likely based on your medical history. They have expertise in treating abnormal uterine bleeding through hormonal birth control, other medications and surgery.

No matter the method, they strive to find the most effective solution and restore your quality of life.

Contraceptive management

With so many choices for contraception available to women, it can be difficult to determine which is best. UF Health providers have the expertise to help you choose the right method of birth control for your wants and needs, like lifestyle preferences and your potential timeline for wanting children. They provide counseling on the pill, placement of birth control implants and insertion of intrauterine devices, or IUDs.

Postmenopausal bleeding

A woman is clinically considered postmenopausal when she has not had her menstrual cycle for 12 months. Postmenopausal bleeding can result from a variety of conditions, from polyps and fibroids to thinning of uterine tissue or reproductive cancer. Determining the cause of bleeding after menopause requires personalized care — UF Health women’s specialists take time to learn your medical history, schedule the appropriate tests and imaging, and create a personalized treatment plan that is effective for you.

Pregnancy

Obstetricians and certified nurse midwives here provide comprehensive care for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and are dedicated to the wellness of mother and baby. Our team is there for you through every stage of pregnancy, including family planning consultations, prenatal care, childbirth education, delivery and postpartum care.

UF Health providers are at the forefront of the latest medical developments, making them capable of providing superior outcomes for patients. They are open to every mother's birth plan preferences, and offer gentle cesarean section techniques to create a positive birth experience for mother and baby.

Women interested in giving birth at UF Health North’s state-of-the-art Labor and Delivery Unit must be patients of UF Health Women’s Specialists – North.