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Sexual Health Specialist

Regina Hill, MD

Gynecologist located in Westlake, OH

Maintaining your sexual health means having the right birth control if you aren’t trying to get pregnant and ensuring you are protected against sexually transmitted diseases. Regina Hill, MD, offers contraceptives and STD testing at her practice in Westlake, Ohio. Learn how to maintain your sexual health by calling the practice to schedule your appointment today.

Sexual Health Q&A

How can I decide which type of contraception to use?

Regina Hill, MD, offers a variety of birth control options, including:

  • Birth control pills
  • IUDs
  • Diaphragms
  • Arm implants

Some types of birth control options can help address issues like menstrual cramping or heavy bleeding. During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to learn about all the options so you can make a choice you feel confident and comfortable using.

How is an IUD inserted?

IUD insertion is performed right in the office in a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. The IUD will be inserted into the uterus through the cervix. There may be some mild discomfort during insertion, but it’s brief. Once in place, the long plastic “tail” of the IUD will extend into the vagina. It’s important to feel for this tail prior to having intercourse to ensure the IUD is still in place. IUDs use copper and sometimes hormones to make the uterus inhospitable to sperm and to prevent sperm from reaching the eggs.

How does an arm implant work?

Arm implants release a steady supply of hormones to help prevent pregnancy. The implant is inserted beneath the skin during a simple in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes. Once in place, the implant won’t be visible, but you will be able to feel it if you press firmly on your skin.

Although arm implants and IUDs prevent pregnancy, they do not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases. There is a risk for STDs if you are sexually active.

What symptoms do STDs cause?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause an array of symptoms, including:

  • Sores, bumps or lumps around the genitals, anus or mouth
  • Pain or difficulty urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Itching or burning sensations around the vagina or anus

Being screened regularly can “catch” diseases in their earliest stages so they can be treated.

How is STD testing performed and when do I need it?

STD screening begins with a visual exam of the genital area to look for outward signs like sores or lumps. A pelvic exam may also be performed along with blood tests or urine tests. The United States Department of Health guidelines advise all sexually-active adults have an STD screening every year, or every three to six months if they engage in risky behaviors like having several partners or having intercourse without using condoms. Having regular screening ensures STDs care caught early so treatment can begin right away and transmission can be prevented.

How are STDs treated?

Many STDs can be successfully treated with topical and oral medications. Some STDs like herpes and HIV cannot be cured, but can be effectively managed. Genital warts may be removed or treated topically, but they may recur.

For STD testing or birth control to maintain your sexual health, call the practice to schedule an appointment today.