Our providers are devoted to caring for the medical needs of women during all stages of their lives, from adolescence through and past menopause. We offer a broad spectrum of high quality preventative and specialty care.
Some of the services offered are:
- Annual exams
- Evaluation and treatment of abnormal pap smears
- Including Colposcopy and LEEP procedures
- Treatment for menstrual disorders
- Menopause management
- Hormone replacement therapy
- STD testing and treatment
- Contraception: Including birth control pills, IUD insertion and removal, diaphragm fitting, Depoprovera, Ortho Evra patch, Implanon, Nuva ring and tubal ligations
- Treatment for urinary incontinence and prolapse
- Major and minor surgical services: Including endometrial ablation, vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy, removal of ovarian cysts, removal of pelvic tumors, repair of pelvic relaxation, vulvar skin biopsies, D&C, diagnostic laparoscopy
At Overlake Obstetricians and Gynecologists we are committed to making your visit to our office a positive one whether you are a new patient or a returning one. To help us achieve this goal, it is important that we schedule you for the correct type of visit and allow for the right amount of time. The most common type of visit is a well woman’s exam.
A well woman’s exam includes:
- Clinical breast exam
- Pelvic exam including a Pap smear if you are due for one
- Discussion of women’s health topics such as birth control options and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections
- Refill of prescriptions related to women’s health care
A well woman’s exam is not a problem visit. If you are having a woman’s health issue or concern (e.g., irregular bleeding, vaginal discharge, breast mass), a separate appointment will be made so that we can adequately address your concerns. Occasionally, there may be enough time to complete your well woman’s exam and a problem visit. In this situation, two separate visits will be charged for that day.
Please call our office or contact us by email if you have further questions or are unsure about the type of appointment you need to schedule.`
All of us at Overlake Obstetricians and Gynecologists hope that your prenatal care, labor, delivery and postpartum experience will be as pleasant and fulfilling as possible. We provide care for all of your pregnancy needs including twin and high risk pregnancies. We try to be personally available to our patients for all their care, including labor and delivery; however, it is impossible to be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The physicians routinely rotate call coverage after hours, weekends, holidays, and during vacations.
Call Our Office In The Event Of
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Pelvic cramping or unusual abdominal pain
- Temperature over 101°
- Leakage of fluid from the vagina
- Decreased or absent fetal movement
Labor: When To Call
If this is your first child:
- Contractions five minutes apart for about an hour
- When your water breaks
If you have previously delivered: Strong and regular contractions, even if more than five minutes apart when your water breaks.
Where To Call
After Hours: Overlake Hospital Medical Center Labor & Delivery: 425-688-5351 During Office Hours: 425-454-3366
A word about postpartum depression
The staff at Overlake Obstetricians and Gynecologists is committed to your health care needs even after your delivery. The arrival of a baby is a joyful time but also a stressful one. Many new moms experience mood changes such as irritability, episodes of crying, anxiousness, and feelings of sadness after the birth of their baby. These mood changes occur because of a sudden drop in hormone levels after delivery. We refer to these mood changes as postpartum or baby blues. If these feelings continue after 2 weeks, this can be a sign of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression can happen to any new mom and is not caused by anything that you did. Because postpartum depression can make it difficult to care for your infant, your family and yourself, it is important to recognize if you are experiencing postpartum depression. The sooner we diagnosis postpartum depression, the sooner we can help you in restoring emotional balance. This is why we feel it is important to screen for postpartum depression at your 6-week postpartum visit. We use a quick 10 item questionnaire screening tool that you complete while at your appointment. Your provider will review the results with you, answer any questions, and discuss any concerns you may have.
Please don’t hesitate to call us before your 6-week appointment if you or your family is concerned that you may be experiencing postpartum depression.
The midwives assist women of all ages in making informed health care decisions. In addition to annual physicals, she assists women with family planning and gynecological problems.
During pregnancy, the midwives provide information, options and support to promote a safe, satisfying and meaningful pregnancy and birth. Prenatal visits allow time for questions and concerns. Each woman is encouraged to develop a birth plan, which is discussed during the third trimester. Midwives work in collaboration with other health care professionals, including doulas, nurses and physicians, in order to provide high-quality health care. Physician consultation or referral is obtained when indicated.
During labor, the midwife works closely with the woman, her family members and the Overlake nursing staff to provide quality care. The birth plan is shared with the nursing staff. Decisions about pain management are made jointly with the woman and her support person. Should conditions arise which require physician involvement, there is an obstetrician on call at all times.
The midwives and obstetricians at Overlake Ob/Gyn work closely together to promote optimum care, whether for pregnancy and birth or for gynecological health. This team approach is ideal for women who prefer the care of a midwife but would like the assurance of a smooth transition to physician care if needed.
A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced education and clinical training who can provide a wide range of healthcare services, including the diagnosis and management of common as well as complex medical conditions. NPs work autonomously and in conjunction with other professionals, including physicians, to provide coordinated, comprehensive, quality health care.
Nurse Practitioners are legally authorized to practice in all 50 states. NP’s practice within the scope of their state’s nurse practice act and provide comprehensive health care including diagnosing common and complex health problems and prescribing medications. Nurse Practitioners are prepared to practice within a population focus, as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. National board certification in their role demonstrates expert knowledge and continuing competence. Women’s Health NPs are certified by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
Nurse Practitioners provide, comprehensive health care within their area of specialization and can:
Evaluate an individual’s health by taking a history, performing a physical examination, and ordering and interpreting results from laboratory and diagnostic tests/procedures
Diagnose health and medical conditions by reviewing all available health information, and applying advanced clinical decision making skills;
Manage health problems by developing an individualized plan of care, prescribing medications or treatments, obtaining consultations and referrals and coordinating health care services;
Promote health by ordering screenings, prescribing preventive therapies, (immunizations, life-style changes such as weight loss, smoking cessation, etc.) and teaching and counseling.
Collaborate with patients, families, and other health care providers to optimize the health care plan to the individual needs.
Nurse practitioners provide ambulatory women’s health services that embrace most of a woman’s health needs throughout her life including:
- Adolescent health care
- Well woman exams
- Breast cancer screening and problem evaluation
- Pap smears, HPV screening
- Health and wellness counseling
- Contraceptive care
- STD screening, treatment, and follow-up
- Pregnancy testing
- Health management during the childbearing year including
- Optimizing preconception health, prenatal visits, and after pregnancy care
- Problems with menstruation – too much, too little, too many, too few
- Fertility evaluation
- Evaluation and treatment of common infections
- Urinary tract problems like incontinence or infections
- Menopause health promotion and problem management
- Screening for general health problems like heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes with referral when needed
Overlake OB/GYN is now offering Essure
Essure is a permanent birth control method that works with your body to prevent pregnancy.
The Essure prodcedure offers women benefits that no other permanent birth control can.
- Surgery-free — A simple procedure performed in your doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes
- Hormone-free — A more natural birth control method
- Worry-free — Since 2002 over half a million women and their doctors have trusted Essure as the most effective permanent birth control
What makes Essure the most effective?
The small, soft Essure inserts are designed to slide easily into each fallopian tube.
The Essure inserts stay secure, forming a long protective barrier against pregnancy. They also remain visible outside your tubes, so your doctor can confirm that they’re properly in place.
The Essure material inserts are made from the same trusted, silicone-free material used in heart stents. The material is flexible, so it conforms to the shape of your fallopian tubes.
How Essure compares
Essure in three simple steps
1. THE PRODCEDURE
An Essure-certified doctor places a soft, flexible insert into each of your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix. There is no incision necessary. The tip of each insert remains visible to your doctor, so proper placement can be confirmed.
2. THE BARRIER
Over the next three months, your body works with Essure inserts to form a natural barrier against pregnancy. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching your eggs, so pregnancy cannot occur. You must continue to use another form of birth control during this three-month period.
3. THE CONFIRMATION
After three months you’ll have an Essure Confirmation Test. A special dye is introduced into your uterus and viewed on an x-ray so your doctor can confirm that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once you receive verification from your doctor, you can start relying on Essure for birth control.
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I TRUST THE ESSURE PROCEDURE?
Yes. Essure is 99.8 percent effective based on four years of clinical data. That’s higher than any other permanent birth control.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Generally, no. Some women report mild discomfort or cramping during or after the procedure, similar to what they feel during their normal monthly cycle.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY?
Most women go home within 45 minutes of the Essure procedure and return to normal activities in less than a day.
WILL I STILL HAVE A PERIOD?
Yes. Some women report slightly lighter or heavier bleeding than usual, but these changes might be the result of discontinuing hormone-based birth control and returning to your normal cycle.
IS ESSURE COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?
Essure is covered by most insurance providers. When the Essure procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, the cost may be as low as a co-pay, depending on your plan.
IS ESSURE EASILY REVERSIBLE?
No. Like all permanent birth control, Essure should not be considered reversible. Before choosing Essure, you should be sure your family is complete.
IS ESSURE SAFE?
Essure eliminates the risks, discomfort and recovery time associated with surgical procedures like tubal ligation and vasectomy. The silicone-free Essure inserts are made from the same safe, trusted material used in many other medical devices, including heart stents.
Ask your doctor about Essure
If you know you are done having children, talk to your doctor about Essure. It’s the most effective* permanent birth control by far, trusted by over half a million women and their doctors since 2002.