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
My doctor recommended a pessary for treatment of my uterine prolapse. What is a pessary?
Pessaries are special devices that are placed in the vagina for treatment of prolapse and urinary incontinence. Pessaries come in many shapes and sizes and you must be fitted with one in your doctor’s office. These are often used in women who have contraindications to surgical treatment or those who wish to avoid surgery. Side effects include an increase in vaginal discharge and possible ulceration and bleeding of the vaginal walls. If the pessary is too large you may have difficulty urinating or if too small it can fall out.