Family Medicine

Gynecology is the specialization in medical conditions related to women’s reproductive organs, including the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Throughout life, the role of these complex organs changes, and conditions affecting them can cause a variety of symptoms.

Symptoms such as pain, heavy bleeding or spotting between periods can point to several different diagnoses – so if you’re experiencing discomfort or unusual changes it’s best to get them checked out by a Gynecologist or Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

Abnormal Menstruation
Endometriosis and Uterine Fibroids
Hysterectomy and Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
Pap Test and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Screening

Why Choose Virginia Mason Franciscan Health?

Recognized for Quality  

Excellence in Women's Care

The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL™) designated surgeons, staff and facilities at both St. Joseph’s Medical Center and St. Anne Hospital as Centers of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™ (COEMIG) – procedures that are indicated for some gynecologic conditions.

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Convenient Locations 

Throughout the Region

Women’s specialty care services are located throughout the Puget Sound, so you can get the care you need close to home.

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Both Gynecologists and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) can provide care for your reproductive health before, during and after pregnancy.

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Your Biggest Health Questions, Answered

Having your baby with CHI Franciscan Health

You’ve got questions, but they aren’t always easy to ask. This guide answers some of women’s biggest health concerns, such as:

  • What’s a “normal” menstrual cycle?
  • What should I expect during menopause?
  • Am I the only one with incontinence?
  • What’s the difference between a traditional and minimally invasive hysterectomy?
  • What screenings should I get at my age?
  • How do I choose the right provider for well-woman care?

For definitive answers and treatment plans, of course you’ll want to see your gynecologist or other care provider. But this guide will help you start to understand the health issues most important to you, and better prepare you for your next appointment.