Gynecology Practice in Morehead City, NC
For truly patient-focused gynecological care, choose GirlTalk & Gynecology. Our practice serves women of every age and provides them with the healthcare and services they need and deserve. We go out of our way to create a welcoming, nurturing atmosphere for every woman we care for.
Our practice serves patients from across Eastern North Carolina communities.
In addition to our general women’s health and adolescent gynecology services, we are proud to offer the following:
Our Patient Portal is safe, secure and HIPAA complaint. It can be used to ask a nurse a question, inquire about an appointment, receive a summary of your past visits, review lab results, request medication refills, and more! If you have a medical emergency call 911 immediately.
Have a quick question that can’t wait until your next appointment? Our Nurse Line provides you with the opportunity to speak directly with one of our nurses, who can address your needs and concerns.
In the event they are assisting other patients, please leave a detailed message with your name and date of birth and they will get back with you as soon as they are available.
Prescription refill requests should typically be made through your pharmacy. They will then contact our office with all of the necessary information to process the refill request.
This procedure is most commonly completed on an outpatient basis and is used to remove the endometrial lining of a woman’s uterus. It is appropriate for women who suffer from prolonged to excessive bleeding during their menstrual cycle, but cannot or do not wish to undergo a hysterectomy. Endometrial Ablation is not recommended for patients who may still want to get pregnant.
A hysteroscopy allows your physician to view and examine the wall of your uterus. The hysteroscope is a small, telescope-like instrument that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. It is used to diagnose or treat uterine problems.
This procedure is considered minor surgery and may be performed in our office. For most women, it is very low risk and is performed with local, regional, or general anesthesia. It can be used instead of open abdominal surgery to diagnose and treat uterine adhesions, fibroids, or septums.
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
LEEP is used to remove tissue and cells in a woman’s lower genital tract, and plays a role in diagnosing and treating abnormal or cancerous conditions. The areas this is used to treat include the vagina and cervix. This procedure uses a wire looped heated by an electric current. This loop is then used to cut away a thin layer of abnormal tissue, which will be sent to the lab for testing. LEEP may also be used to remove abnormal cells to allow healthy tissue to grow.
For more information about this procedure, please contact GirlTalk & Gynecology. We are happy to answer any questions you have and will address your concerns.
Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
D&C is used to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the uterus. During this procedure, the cervix is dilated and a thin instrument is inserted into the uterus to remove uterine tissue. This procedure may be done in conjunction with a hysteroscopy or other procedures.
Our practice offers the convenience of in-office laboratory services. We provide limited on-site lab testing providing immediate results for pregnancy, urinalysis, and thyroid among others. Laboratory tests that are not available on site are sent to a larger reference lab (LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics) and results are typically available to providers with 24 to 48 hours.
Eastern Carolina Pathology Associates is used for evaluating Pap Smears and any tissue samples.
Genetic testing, such as BRCA and VistaSeq, is available for hereditary breast, ovarian, and other types of cancer.
This new hysteroscopy technology is used in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding. Using Endosee in the office allows your physician to perform a simple diagnostic procedure to help find the cause of your bleeding and more quickly identify a solution.
As women age, our bodies face new challenges without many options to address these changes. Previously, women did not have choices for improving intimate issues that occur from childbirth or aging. Votiva is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment for feminine health that offers immediate results with continued improvement over time. Talk with your provider regarding solutions available for women’s health and wellness.
The Morpheus8 treatment targets the subdermal layers of skin and tissue to stimulate the production of collagen, improving skin texture and complexion. This minimally invasive procedure is preferred since it effectively remodels the collagen with little risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, especially in darker skin tones. Morpheus8 can treat smaller areas such as the face or your provider can adjust it to treat larger and deeper tissue areas.
3D mammograms are becoming more common when screening for breast cancer. By combining multiple, high-detail images, we can create a three-dimensional view of the breast, detect signs of cancer in those who aren’t exhibiting symptoms, and identify masses or the causes of pain or other breast problems. Compared to standard X-rays, 3D mammograms are more efficient and accurate at detecting breast cancer in dense breast tissue. Patients are also exposed to lower levels of radiation.
DEXA/Bone Density Screening
Using the latest equipment and technology available, we offer DEXA bone density testing to screen for osteoporosis. DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is an enhanced x-ray image of the skeleton that provides the most accurate measurement of bone density available. DEXA scans are used to determine if a patient has osteoporosis, a condition in which bones are weakened and fracture easily. This information enables us to provide more complete preventive care services to our patients.
Our system evaluates the bone density in both hips and the entire lumbar spine using a beam of low dose x-ray. This is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and provides the only useful measurement to assess the progress of treatment. The test is painless and takes approximately 10-20 minutes of resting while fully dressed on the densitometer exam table.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends screening for menopausal women with two or more risk factors. These risk factors include:
- Being female
- Thin and/or small frame
- Advanced age
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Post-menopause including early or surgically induced menopause
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Anorexia nervosa or bulimia
- A diet low in calcium
- Use of certain medications such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
- Low testosterone levels in men
- Inactive lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Being Caucasian or Asian, although African American and Hispanic Americans are at significant risk as well
- If you have two or more risks factors, you should talk with your provider to determine if screening for osteoporosis is appropriate for you.