Thank you for visiting my new website. My goal is to provide you with general gynecology and women’s health information, in addition to specific information regarding Woman to Woman Gynecology Services. Check back often for new information and links to current articles of interest. I hope to see you in the clinic soon.
Barbara L. Patrick, MD
A Doctor You Can Confide in for:
Medical and surgical treatment of menstural disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, general infertility testing and treatment. Well women exams, birth control counseling and evaluation of abnormal pap smears.
Q&A with Dr. Patrick
I have been menopausal for years, but I just had three days of bleeding. Should I be worried?
Contact your doctor if you have bleeding anytime after the first six months of menopause. The most common cause of bleeding is atrophy, or thinning of the vaginal walls, which occurs normally when a woman lacks hormones. Other causes can be polyps or cancer—either of the uterus or the cervix. Some medications make bleeding more common such as tamoxifen (which is often prescribed for breast cancer) or hormone replacement therapy. Women who have post-menopausal bleeding should have a pelvic exam, Pap smear, endometrial biopsy (from the lining of the uterus) and an ultrasound to evaluate the thickness of the uterine lining. Sometimes a D & C needs to be performed.