People have been coping with the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to every part of their lives. In addition to maintaining a safe social distance, wearing a face mask, practicing increased hygiene and hand-washing, you need to consider how to safely handle the risk of COVID-19 transmission in places like your gynecologist's office.
While you might have opted to postpone elective medical treatments, some gynecological concerns like a urinary tract infection can't wait. In addition, not getting prompt care for potential sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can lead to adverse impacts on your physical, sexual, and reproductive health.
Located in Houston, Texas, Alexandra Pellicena, MD, FACOG, and her expert staff haven't wavered in their attention to your gynecological health. Dr. Pellicena provides state-of-the-art care for gynecological and obstetric issues. It's important to maintain your focus on staying healthy, including getting the care you need, when you need it. Here’s what you should know.
COVID-19 and medical care
COVID-19, caused by a novel coronavirus, can produce a range of symptoms, including coughing, breathing problems, fever, digestive distress, and a loss of taste and smell. Symptoms of COVID-19 infection can display from 2-14 days after exposure, making it potentially more difficult to contain outbreaks.
COVID-19 is very contagious, and it can be transmitted by people who have the virus but don't display any symptoms. Due to its serious and infectious nature, people around the world have had to make rapid and significant changes to the way they live their daily lives.
As transmission appears to occur via respiratory droplets, the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid close contact with people from outside your household.
For some medical procedures, it can make sense to wait for COVID-19 to be better controlled before moving forward. However, some types of medical care or treatment — including many of your gynecological needs — can't wait for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gynecological care during COVID-19
It's important for you to continue getting the gynecological treatment you need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In certain cases, we may be able to provide the support you need through telemedicine visits.
However, many gynecological problems require in-person evaluation and diagnosis. Urgent gynecological issues include:
- Severe vaginal bleeding
- A non-COVID-19-related fever
- A vaginal infection
- Pelvic, abdominal, or lower back pain
- Complications after a surgery or other procedure
You also don't want to skip on your annual well-woman exam or fall behind on your prescriptions for, as an example, birth control.
When you visit the office, you will notice that Dr. Pellicena's team takes multiple precautions to protect you from COVID-19, including innovations in care and treatment methods, consistent attention to sanitization, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the office environment.
With our up-front health questionnaire, we actively screen for potential COVID-19 patients, and we make other scheduling plans for at-risk individuals.
If you need gynecological care, contact Dr. Pellicena today. Her team is taking extra precautions to keep you safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Book online or call our office to schedule your appointment.