About Greenville OB—Gynecology
Greenville OB/GYN is one of eastern North Carolina’s largest and most experienced gynecological practices. Our team of doctors and certified nurse midwives is dedicated to giving you the best care and the most complete gynecology services. Women’s Health—from Head to Soul.
A gynecologist (GYN) is a physician who specializes in health conditions related to reproductive organs. Gynecologists treat a number of reproductive changes over the course of your lifetime (menstruation, menopause, etc.). They also care for individuals with sexually transmitted diseases, hormonal disorders, incontinence, injuries, and chronic conditions.
Greenville OB/GYNs providers and midwives maintain the highest levels of certification and accreditation. We also offer board-certified physicians in such specialties as pediatric and adolescent gynecology (PAG), minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS), and urogynecology.
We believe that taking charge of your health begins during the adolescent stage. It is important to begin gynecological care at the ages of 13-15, or around the time of their first period. If there are concerns about delayed puberty or painful menstruation, it is important to seek medical advice earlier. Our team will provide teens and adolescents with the guidance and support they need to become knowledgeable about their own bodies.
They may also see the gynecologist sooner if or when they become sexually active. The gynecologist will be there to discuss and educate on birth control options, if desired. Generally, pelvic exams and pap smears will begin around age 21 years, regardless of sexual activity or birth control status.
Our well-woman care includes your annual visit with your gynecologist. At your annual visits, you can expect to have a discussion about your health, along with breast and pelvic exams. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn as much as you can about your body. The primary focus of these visits is on prevention of serious health concerns related to your reproductive system.
Our team will check your vitals, evaluate your bone health, and watch for diseases like cancer, diabetes, and high cholesterol. We’ll review your periods and what you can expect from your reproductive system as you age.
Seeing your gynecologist will be an opportunity to discuss your birth control options. No matter what stage of life you’re in, our team is here to support you in your options and choices. Whether you need contraception or are ready to have children, we are here to work with you.
For birth control, we offer birth control pills, patches, rings, IUDs, implants such as Nexplanon®, shots, diaphragms, barrier methods and, if necessary, emergency contraception. If you are ready for a more permanent birth control solution, we can offer tubal ligation and sterilization. If you are ready to have children, we can work with you to come off birth control and prepare your body for pregnancy.
Your gynecologist can discuss and provide screening and treatment options for sexually transmitted infections. Early intervention is key to both prevention and proper treatment of these infections.
Get regular screenings and exams if you are sexually active. These can help detect STIs that may have no visible signs or symptoms. Those at higher risk should be screened more frequently. Treatment of any STIs is important to help avoid future health issues, such as infertility and pregnancy complications.
Your gynecologist is ready to discuss any concerns you have about your menstruation, also known as your “period.” A period occurs approximately every month after ovulation (when your body prepares to be fertilized). When your egg is not fertilized, your body reacts by changing hormones and shedding the lining in your uterus. The result is bleeding from the vagina.
Periods differ among females in length of cycles and symptoms. It is normal to have fluctuations in symptom severity and the amount of bleeding that occurs each month. However, if you are concerned, your gynecologist is here to discuss those concerns. Some concerns include heavy bleeding lasting more than 1-week, painful periods, abnormal cycles, or lack of period.
Every woman will go through menopause, and each woman’s menopause experience is different. Menopause usually begins between the ages 45-55 years 12 months after your last period and can last 7-14 years. Menopause can also be triggered by surgical removal of the uterus or ovaries.
Your gynecologist will help you through the menopausal transition. They will help you manage common symptoms, which could include hot flashes, sleep interruption, vaginal dryness, urinary problems, mood swings, depression, loss of libido, painful sex, weight gain, forgetfulness, or a combination of these symptoms. Several diet, lifestyle, and medication changes will help make the menopausal transition easier. Talk to your gynecologist about these options.
Over the course of your gynecologic care, you will discuss your sexual health with your gynecologist. This includes if you are experiencing sexual dysfunction, which can feel debilitating. Do know that fluctuations in sexual desires are totally normal thorughout life. But sexual dysfunction (decreased libido, painful sex, abnormal dryness, etc.) can be signs of underlying medical issues, such as hormonal imbalances, improper medication dosages, or other medical conditions.
If you fear that your are experiencing sexual dysfunction, talk with your gynecologist. There are lifestyle changes, hormone therapies, and sexual techniques that we can discuss with you to help you stay sexually active.
Your gynecologist will also be able to help you with weight management. It is completely normal for your weight to fluctuate. This is especially true for women who experience a number of changes related to hormones and reproductivity over the course of their lifetime. Weight fluctuations can occur during the development of puberty and menstruation, during and after pregnancy, and around menopause.
Weight changes can also be due to hormonal changes, stress, medical conditions, and certain medications. Should you have concerns or need weight management, we are here to help with maintenance or weight loss programs customized to you.
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) is a designation by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG). It is a leading and exclusive designation by is provided to less than 1% of certified OB/GYN physicians in North Carolina. Dr. Cornier, Dr. Haskins, and Dr. Whitley are three of only a handful of MIGS-designated providers in Eastern North Carolina.
When do I need to see a gynecologist for the first time?
It is generally recommended to see your first gynecologist around 13-15 years. You will establish a relationship with your gynecologist and begin discussing your periods, sexual activity, sexually transmitted infections, proper prevention, and birth control options, as appropriate. Your first exam will likely consist mostly of discussion and may not include a pelvic exam or pap smear. It is generally recommended to begin pap smears at age 21 years, regardless of sexual activity or birth control status.
What can I expect at my annual exam?
An annual gynecologic exam is a routine check-up to ensure your health and wellness. No matter your age, you can expect the following at your annual exam:
- Review of your current health status
- Review of prior medical and family history
- Counseling on preventive techniques and proper health practices
- Physical exam specific to you and your needs
At certain ages, you may also receive the following during the annual exam:
- Breast exam to check for lumps, skin changes, or abnormal discharge
- Pelvic exam to evaluate your vagina, cervix, and uterus
- Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer
- Other screening (e.g., STIs) tests
How can I make my periods less painful?
There are several options for you to make your periods less painful. First, you can try to alter your diet and lifestyle. A well balanced nutritious diet can provide a more ideal environment for your body to menstruate. Sometimes participating in physical activity, even as simple as going for a walk, can help a painful period. If diet and lifestyle modifications do not make your periods less painful, talk to your gynecologist about your options. Many individuals will opt to go on the pill, as they help in the management of period symptoms, and are not just for birth control. The intrauterine device is another option because it uses progestin to prevent the lining of your uterus from shedding, resulting in lighter periods or no period at all.
What is a pap smear test for and why is it necessary?
A pap smear is a test that screens for cervical cancer. It involves collecting cells from your cervix, which is located inside your vaginal canal and at the top of your vagina. It is generally recommended to begin pap smears at age 21, unless you have abnormal vaginal discharge or other complaints. Getting regular pap smears help detect cervical cancer earlier.
Earlier detection leads to more successful outcomes, should the test be positive for cervical cancer.