Women's Health

Women's Health services offered in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA

As a woman, your health needs change significantly throughout your life. John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG, provides comprehensive women's health services at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They make you feel at ease and comfortable with your body and any health concerns you may have. Call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Women's Health Q&A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health treats conditions mainly affecting women. These conditions could relate to the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, or the reproductive organs, including the:

  • Vulva
  • Vagina
  • Cervix
  • Uterus
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Ovaries

Women’s health also covers urinary system problems, which often have a close link to the female reproductive system.

What women’s health conditions might affect me?

Some of the women’s health conditions Lehigh Valley Weight Loss providers diagnose and treat include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Menstrual problems
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Incontinence and urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Female cancers

Your provider checks for underlying causes of your symptoms and prescribes effective treatments that fit your lifestyle and needs.

What is a women’s health exam?

A women’s health exam is an annual checkup that ensures you’re healthy, focusing on your sexual and reproductive health. Your women’s health exam is also an opportunity to discuss your concerns or questions on issues like testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), birth control, or symptoms that may indicate a hormonal imbalance.

During your women’s health exam, your provider may also do preventive screenings for cervical, endometrial, breast, and colorectal cancer.

How are women’s health conditions diagnosed?

If you have symptoms that indicate a problem with your reproductive system, your provider first performs a general wellness check and then a pelvic exam. You might need to provide blood and/or urine samples for lab analysis.

Ultrasound scans are often helpful for identifying women’s health problems. In most cases, a noninvasive abdominal ultrasound provides enough information, but sometimes more invasive procedures are necessary. These might include transvaginal ultrasound, colposcopy, or hysteroscopy, which all use instruments that fit into the vagina.

What treatments might I need for women’s health problems?

Treatments for women’s health problems vary depending on the cause of your condition. Many problems improve with lifestyle changes like weight loss, stress reduction, more exercise, and a better diet. Quitting tobacco and reducing your alcohol intake are also highly beneficial.

Medications like birth control pills can often reduce pain and other symptoms of conditions like painful menstruation and endometriosis. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers many women relief from menopausal symptoms.

Less frequently, surgery might be necessary for women’s health problems. Dr. Scaffidi specializes in minimally invasive gynecology procedures, including hysterectomy (uterus removal), myomectomy (uterine fibroid removal), and endometrial ablation to treat excessive menstrual bleeding and pain.

For more information about the women’s health services available at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.