Q&A: Gynecologist Diane Robinson
What Nazareth Hospital has to offer in women’s health.
Properly caring for your reproductive and sexual health is an important part of staying well. Gynecologist Diane Robinson, MD, discusses what Nazareth Hospital has to offer and what’s important to know about women’s health.
Q: What women’s health services are offered at Nazareth?
Mercy Women’s Health offers the full range of gynecologic care to women of all reproductive ages, including outpatient and surgical care. Our services include routine screening for breast, ovarian and cervical cancers. We also diagnose and manage causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, ovarian dysfunction, hormonal imbalances and menopause. We are also able to provide minimally invasive surgical management for hysterectomy and ovarian cysts, among other conditions.
Q: What sets Nazareth’s women’s health program apart from others in the region?
We pride ourselves on offering quality customer service to our patients, from scheduling appointments to the doctor’s visit. We take the time to listen to patients’ unique concerns and provide individualized, comprehensive solutions. Our staff is friendly and approachable, and appointments are readily available so patients’ emergent concerns are managed immediately.
Q: What aspects of women’s health do you feel most women need to learn more about?
Many women are unaware of the options available for managing abnormal uterine bleeding and suffer through years of heavy or breakthrough bleeding because they think nothing can be done or they do not want a hysterectomy. There are many reasons why our cycles may be “off,” and before we chose to do nothing, some basic tests are necessary to ensure the health of the uterus. Once that is established there are many options for managing abnormal uterine bleeding besides hysterectomy.
Q: What are the best ways women can take care of their reproductive and sexual health?
Annual exams with the gynecologist are the best way to maintain health. The old adage that prevention is better than cure holds true where our health is concerned. Communicating with your gynecologist about any concerns is always the best way to know whether what you are experiencing is normal or not.