ARC Gynecology

Gyn-only services for women of all ages

Gynecology treatment and care for people of all ages

If you need to see a physician specializing in gynecology but are not at a place in your life where you are considering pregnancy, you might consider seeing a gynecologist. A gynecologist focuses on all body health care needs that do not fall under the purview of an obstetrician.

This type of physician sees people of all ages for a wide variety of health issues, including pap tests, menopause, UTIs, birth control, well-checks, and STD testing and treatment.

Gynecology specialists at ARC

Our specially trained Gynecology physicians work to meet your healthcare needs in coordination with your primary care doctor to make up a healthcare team that works for you.

We make access to specialized gynecological care easy with services available at ARC Far West Medical Tower, ARC Seton Northwest, and ARC South OB.

Services

Breast Cancer Screening/Mammograms

Breast Cancer Screening/Mammograms

Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and can help decrease breast cancer deaths. Often, a mammogram can detect cancer, noncancerous or benign tumors, and cysts before they can be felt. ARC offers both 2D and 3D mammography screenings.

Comprehensive Gynecological Care

Comprehensive Gynecological Care

A gynecologist sees patients of all ages for a wide variety of health issues, including pap tests, menopause, UTIs, birth control, well-checks, and STD testing and treatment.

Endometrial Ablation for Menstruation with Heavy Bleeding (NovaSure® or Minerva)

Endometrial Ablation for Menstruation with Heavy Bleeding (NovaSure® or Minerva)

Endometrial ablation is a procedure to remove a thin layer of tissue (endometrium) that lines the uterus. It's done to stop or reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. In some cases, other parts of the reproductive system may be removed.

Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure in which sperm is placed into the uterus using a small catheter. This treatment improves the chances of fertilization by increasing the number of healthy sperm that reach the fallopian tubes when the woman is most fertile.

Menopause

Menopause

An ARC Ob/Gyn physician can help treat menopause symptoms and help prevent osteoporosis and will work with you to recommend lifestyle changes and possibly medicine.

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Pap Smears and Other Gynecological Screenings

Pap Smears and Other Gynecological Screenings

Getting regular preventive care and screenings may help find cancer and other health risks early, when they are most treatable and more treatment options are available.

STD Screening and Treatment

STD Screening and Treatment

STIs are infectious diseases passed from person to person through sexual contact. They may also be called STDs for sexually transmitted diseases.

Conditions

Abnormal Pap Smears

Abnormal Pap Smears

A Pap smear is a test that checks the cells from inside a woman's cervix for any changes that could lead to cancer. If your test shows abnormal cells, your healthcare provider may be able to find and treat cervical problems right away or stop cervical cancer before it becomes life-threatening. Pap tests can also diagnose serious infections and pelvic inflammation.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a main cause of infertility in women. This can happen if the tissue implants in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or on other organs in the pelvis and, in some cases, outside the pelvis.

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Hormonal Issues

Hormonal Issues

Hormonal imbalances may be to blame for a range of unwanted symptoms from fatigue or weight gain to itchy skin or low mood. Hormones are chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system and released into the bloodstream. An imbalance occurs when there is too much or too little of a hormone.

Menstrual Irregularities, Painful Periods, and Heavy Bleeding

Menstrual Irregularities, Painful Periods, and Heavy Bleeding

Irregular menstrual cycles are cycles that are shorter or longer than normal; are heavier or lighter than normal; or are experienced with other problems, like abdominal cramps. Irregular cycles can be ovulatory, meaning that ovulation occurs, or anovulatory, meaning ovulation does not occur.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman’s reproductive tract. It can affect the uterus, fallopian tubes, and the ovaries. PID can cause scar tissue that grows between internal organs and causes ongoing pelvic pain, and can also lead to ectopic pregnancy. If left untreated, PID can lead to chronic infection.

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Pelvic Organ Prolapsed

Pelvic Organ Prolapsed

Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs (the uterus, bladder, or rectum) become weak or loose. This allows one or more of the pelvic organs to drop or press into or out of the vagina. Many women are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about their symptoms or think that their symptoms are normal. But pelvic organ prolapse is treatable.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a common problem in women, and can be either acute or chronic. Acute means the pain is sudden and severe. Chronic means the pain either comes and goes or lasts for months or longer. Pelvic pain that lasts longer than 6 months and doesn't improve with treatment is known as chronic pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may start in genital or other organs in and around the pelvis. Pelvic pain can have many causes, such as inflammation or irritation of nerves caused by injury, fibrosis, pressure, or peritonitis, muscle cramps, or urinary tract infection.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms caused by a problem with a woman’s hormones that affects the ovaries. But it can also affect the rest of the body. PCOS is a very common condition in women of childbearing age. Symptoms include missed periods, irregular periods, or very light periods, ovaries that are large or have many cysts, extra body hair, including the chest, stomach, and back (hirsutism), or dark or thick skin patches on the back of the neck, in the armpits, and under the breasts.

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Pre-Menopause and Menopause Symptoms

Pre-Menopause and Menopause Symptoms

The transition phase before menopause is called perimenopause. During this time, the supply of mature eggs in the ovaries is reduced and ovulation becomes irregular. The making of estrogen and progesterone declines. It is the big drop in estrogen levels that causes most of the symptoms of menopause. Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, vaginal atrophy, or relaxation of the pelvic muscles, which can lead to urinary incontinence.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It may affect women of childbearing age. It’s a severe and chronic health condition that needs attention and treatment. Lifestyle changes and sometimes medicines can help manage symptoms. Symptoms of PMDD start during the week before menstruation and end within a few days after your period starts, and can include digestive issues such as abdominal cramps and bloating, skin problems such as acne or skin inflammation with itching, or nervous system issues such as headache, dizziness, fatigue.

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is a group of physical and emotional symptoms many women may have in the days before their period starts. Symptoms usually stop once the period starts. It’s thought to be related to the changing hormone levels of the menstrual cycle. Lifestyle changes and sometimes medicine are used to treat PMS.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), are infectious diseases passed from person to person through sexual contact.

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are firm, dense tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. Fibroids are very common. In almost all fibroid cases, the tumors are not cancer. These tumors are not linked to cancer and don't increase a woman's risk for uterine cancer. Symptoms include heavy or lengthy periods, abnormal bleeding between periods, pelvic pain, frequent urination, low back pain, pain during intercourse, or a firm mass often near the middle of the pelvis.

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Vaginal Discharge and Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Discharge and Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is often caused by a drop in estrogen levels. The female hormone estrogen helps maintain natural lubrication. When estrogen levels drop, for one reason or another, one effect is the vagina loses its natural fluid, thins and becomes less elastic. Reasons for decreased estrogen production include perimenopause, menopause, surgical menopause, taking birth control pills, taking anti-estrogen medications, menstruation, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

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Locations & Providers

  • ARC Far West Medical Tower
    6811 Austin Center Blvd Suite 300
    Austin, TX 78731
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    • Diane L. Brinkman, MD
      Diane L. Brinkman, MD
      Gynecology
      4.8

    • Robert J. Cosentino, MD
      Robert J. Cosentino, MD
      Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Kristen J. Hansen-Peterman, MD
      Kristen J. Hansen-Peterman, MD
      Gynecology
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Rosa A. Moreno, MD
      Rosa A. Moreno, MD
      Gynecology
      4.7

      Languages: Spanish

  • ARC Seton Northwest
    11111 Research Blvd Suite 475
    Austin, TX 78759
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    • Guy V. Blumhagen, MD
      Guy V. Blumhagen, MD
      Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

    • Robert S. Hughes, MD
      Robert S. Hughes, MD
      Gynecology
      4.9

      Accepting new patients

  • ARC South Ob/Gyn
    4315 James Casey Street Suite 105 & 200
    Austin, TX 78745
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    • Alinda R. Cox, MD
      Alinda R. Cox, MD
      Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

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