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> Obstetrics


We are pleased that you have chosen our office for your care! Our purpose is to deliver state-of-the-art medical care and health education with the compassion and kindness every pregnant woman deserves.

New OB Patients

During your pregnancy, you will rotate with the medical providers in our practice for your prenatal visits. There will always be a certified OBGYN physician available to you to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Your health care is of the the greatest importance to us therefore our providers work as a team to bring you optimal care.

An ultrasound or sonogram examination is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to scan a woman's abdomen and pelvic cavity to create a picture. There are various types of ultrasound examinations both for pregnant and non pregnant patients. Coastal Carolina OBGYN provides patients with the convenience of on-site ultrasound service. Procedures include traditional 2D images as well as trans-vaginal exams.

Who will deliver my baby?

Dr. Dode Washington, Dr. Felix Akinbote, Jr., Dr. Joye E. Fordham, Sonya Harden Certified Nurse Midwife, or the provider on call for our practice for that particular day will deliver your baby.

Conway Medical Center offers 24 Hour Labor Epidural Services



> Gynecology


Welcome to a refreshing approach to gynecological care for women of all ages from adolescence through menopause. Below are a few common medical terms and most common procedures.

Biopsies - Tissue is usually taken from the endometrium, cervix or breast to diagnose pre-cancer or cancer.

Colposcopy - Common gyncologic follow-up for abnormal Pap smears.

Cryosurgery of the Cervix - Section of the cervix frozen, destroying abnormal cervical cells that may lead to cancer.HispanicWoman

Hysterectomy - Surgical removal of the uterus which can be performed via the abdomen, the vagina or laparoscopically.
Abdominal: Removed through an incision in the lower abdomen.
Laparoscopic: Detached by laparoscopic instruments and removed through small incision at the top of the vagina.
Vaginally: Removed through vagina.

L.E.E.P. - The removal of abnormal cervical tissue when a Pap smear indicates the presence of abnormal cells.

Minor GYN Lesion Removal - Laser removal of lesions from vagina, cervix, and vulva.

Myomectomy - Refers to the surgical removal of uterine fibroid while preserving the uterus.

Tubal Ligation - Fallopian tubes are severed and sealed in order to prevent fertilization.

What The Results of Your Pap Smear Mean

  • Within Normal Limits/Negative - Cells look normal. No cancer cells are seen.
  • Infection - Germs have grown inside or outside of the body and can spread from one person to another. No cancer cells are seen.
  • Atypia - Cells don't look exactly normal, but cancer cells are not seen.
  • Dysplasia - Pre-cancer cells are present. These cells are not cancer but can change into cancer.
  • Mild Dysplasia - The earliest pre-cancer changes.
  • Moderate Dysplasia - Later pre-cancer changes.
  • Severe Dysplasia - The latest pre-cancer changes.
  • Carcinoma In-Situ - Cancer cells are present but the cancer has NOT spread from the layer of cells in which it began. This is the earliest type of cervical cancer that can be found.
  • Suspicious For Invasive Carinoma - Cancer cells are present and it is thought that cancer may have spread beyond the layer of cells in which it began.
  • Invasive Carinoma - Cancer cells are present and have grown and spread beyond the layer of cells in which the cancer began.



> Family Planning

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We are dedicated to educating and strengthening women and families in the Grand Strand area about their reproductive health.

Depro Provera Injections - A hormone injection that lasts up to three months to prevent pregnancy.

Nexplanon Insertions - Nexplanon is a contraceptive, small, flexible implant that is inserted just under the skin of the left or right upper arm and can stay in place for up to three years.

IUD Insertions - Device placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Skyla, Mirena and Paraguard IUD's can last from 3, 5, or 10 years respectively.

Oral Contraceptives - Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) are medications that prevent pregnancy. The "pill" is a hormonal preparation that may contain combinations of the hormones estrogen and progestin or progestin alone.

Essure - Permanent, non-surgical birth control completed in the office.

Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation - An out patient hospital procedure that is considered a permanent method of birth control.

> Infertility Counseling

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Infertility Counseling is provided in the office on an initial consultation basis. If needed, CCOBGYN will refer you to an Infertility Specialist.

Testing may include:

  • Full Exam
  • Blood Work
  • Semen Analysis from your partner
  • Hysterosalpingogram (in hospital)
  • Ultrasound (in office)
  • Ovulation Induction





> Menopause


What is menopause?

Menopause is a time of change in your life, marked by the end of menstrual periods. It means you can no longer have children. At menopause, the ovaries have no eggs left, and they stop making the hormone estrogen. The change that causes most signs of menopause is the lower level of estrogen.

This is a good time to stop harmful habits and develop a health lifestyle that will help you deal with the loss of estrogen you will be experiencing.

Lifestyle tips include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Reach a healthy weight level
  • Increase your exercise
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Control high cholesterol

What are the common signs of menopause?Menopause

When your periods become very irregular, you might guess you are starting menopause. After some time, your periods will come to an end. It is important to remember that periods can stop or become irregular for other reasons as well. You can't just assume that irregular periods are caused by menopause, even if you are 45-55 years old (when menopause happens to most women). See your doctor for a check up if you have any of any of the following problems:

  • Periods that come closer together than every 21 days.
  • Periods that last longer than 7 days.
  • Periods that are very heavy.
  • Bleeding between periods.

Another very common sign of menopause is the hot flash. When you have a hot flash, you blush (your skin turns pink), and you feel hot. You may have sweat on your face, on your scalp, and on the front of your chest. Hot flashes usually last a few minutes. They might happen a few times a day or many times a day. They are more common at night while you're sleeping and in hot, humid weather. Hot flashes that keep you from getting a good night's sleep may make you forgetful or irritable during the day. Vaginal dryness is also common during and after menopause. This dryness can cause pain during sexual intercourse. It might cause you to have vaginal infections. In some women, the the lining of the urethra also becomes thin, and this cause a burning feeling during urination. (The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.)

Can Menopause Be Treated?

Yes. You and your doctor should talk about what treatment is best for you. If you have irregular bleeding, you should ask your doctor to find out why. If the reason is menopause, the right treatment is different for each woman.

Some women don't take any medications. They wait until the signs of menopause go away. Some women take hormones (hormone replacement therapy), either estrogen alone or both estrogen and progesterone. If you have a uterus, it is important that you take progesterone along with estrogen. This combination helps you prevent cancer of the uterus. (Taken all by itself, estrogen may raise your risk of getting cancer of the uterus.)

Estrogen with progesterone helps control hot flashes. A medicine for high blood pressure, called Clonidine (brand name: Catapres) may also help. You can also try wearing light, layered clothing. Drinking ice water may cool you off when a hot flash strikes.

Hot flashes usually go on happening for a year or two and then go away. In a few woman, hot flashes last for many years.

If your vagina is dry, you can use a water based lubricant, such as KY jelly, when you have sexual intercourse. Vaginal moisturizing creams, like Replens, may also help reduce infection and irritation. Replens is sold at drug stores without a prescription. The best treatment is estrogen. Estrogen comes in vaginal creams, in pills, skin patches, and in a spray.

Hormone Replacement

You can consult with us regarding hormone replacements in the form of creams, patches, gels and pills and in the near future testosterone and estrogen pellets.

What about The Risk of Breast Cancer if I Take Estrogen?

Some studies have suggested that estrogen increases a woman's risk of getting breast cancer. Other studies don't show such a risk. Heart disease kills far more woman than breast cancer. Estrogen treatment can save lives by cutting the risk of hip fractures and heart disease. For many woman, though, the fear of breast cancer is very strong. Is is important to consider your personal health history and your family's history. You should talk with your doctor before you decide about taking estrogen.

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