San Diego, Los Angeles & Orange County
OB/GYN RNC, NP
At Progressive Health Services we provide gentle, supportive and informative gynecological examinations with an emphasis on self-help and self-knowledge. We encourage your questions and active participation in your own gynecological health care.
OB/GYN Integrative Medicine
We utilize integrative medicine, which combines the best of state of the art mainstream gynecology with alternative medicine, so that we can provide women with the widest possible range of GYN health care options. We consider this approach to be truly wholistic women's health care. It was this idea is that inspired us initially to call ourselves Wholistic Health For Women.
Our Women's Health Care Services Include:
Complete OB/GYN Examinations:
Pap Smears, Cultures, Microscopic Wet Mounts, HIV & STD Testing
HPV Typing, Pregnancy Testing, Prenatal Care, PMS, Menopause
Complete Lab Testing Services:
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Lipid Panel, Complete Blood Count
Urinalysis, Hormone & Thyroid Panels, Vitamin/Mineral/Amino Acid Assays
Cervical Caps, Diaphragms, Fertility Awareness, Birth Control Pills
Breast Self-Examination and Vaginal Self-Examination
Integrative Fertility Treatment, Donor Insemination
Nutrition, Supplements, Acupuncture, Herbs, Qigong
Breast Cancer Screening:
In Office Radiation Free & Compression Free Thermography
We believe that women from all walks of life, cultures and ethnicities, be they young, old, short, tall, fat, thin, single, married, Heterosexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, able bodied, challenged etc. should be treated with dignity and respect in receiving OB/GYN health care, and should have full access to complete and unbiased information about their bodies, self-help and self-examination tools, and all available gynecology health care resources and options.
We teach women breast self-examination and vaginal self-examination as part of routine gynecology health care.
Breast self-examination can enable women to find their own breast lumps before a health practitioner may detect them during a yearly breast examination in a gynecologist's office.
Vaginal self-examination enables women to look at their own cervix, the donut shaped entrance to the uterus in the back of the vagina, with a plastic vaginal speculum. By doing vaginal self-examination women can actually see exactly what the gynecologist sees.
We give women plastic speculums to keep and take home! Vaginal self-examination helps women become more knowledgeable about their bodies and their cycles enabling them to detect signs of ovulation, common vaginal conditions such as yeast, and even early signs of pregnancy.
Well Woman Health Care
The medical specialty dealing with women's health care is called gynecology or GYN. The medical specialty dealing with pregnancy and birth is called obstetrics or OB. Obstetrics and gynecology, or OB/GYN, primarily addresses the health needs well women. The vast majority of women go to an OB/GYN for routine physical examinations, Pap smears, family planning, birth control, pregnancy, prenatal care, childbirth, menstrual cycle issues and menopause changes.
Growing up, having periods, becoming sexually active, taking measures to plan or prevent pregnancy, becoming pregnant, having babies and going through menopause are all normal natural aspects of being female. None of these functions, activities or life circumstances, in and of themselves, have anything to do with disease. This recognition inspired the creation of the expression "well women health care."
Women's Health: A Herstory
Women's medicine for the vast majority of human history has been taken care of by women themselves. Knowledge of common women's health matters was, and to a great extent still is, within the realm of women, passed on from one generation of women to another.
Because of women's involvement in child bearing and caretaking, women have also had a primary role in the health care needs of the entire family. Historically, women in a village or tribe who spent a great deal of time assisting other women and their families with their health needs were often referred to as midwives, nurses, medicine women or other similar terms.
Women's direct involvement in defining and developing their own health care has prompted some women's clinics today to use the term "herstory" rather than "history" in referring to a female health background. When you think about it, this does make sense because, after all, it is her story!