Obstetrics & Gynecology
A woman’s health needs change over time. At CPC Multi-Specialty Group, we offer comprehensive and compassionate OB-GYN care for female patients of all ages and stages of their lives.
Our providers offer the full range of specialized obstetric and gynecological services, including adolescent gynecology; family planning; prenatal care; annual well-woman exams; treatment for menopause symptoms (such as hot flashes and night sweats), osteoporosis, incontinence, and bladder prolapse; and gynecologic surgery using minimally invasive and robotic-assisted techniques. Pregnancy, breast cancer, gynecological cancer, heart health, birth control, mental health, fitness, and more are all within the scope of expertise offered by professionals at CPC. We also treat patients with high-risk pregnancies, fertility challenges, pelvic floor disorders, and more.
For those requiring specialized OB-GYN care, we offer innovative treatments and the latest technologies, including urodynamics and 4D ultrasound, which results in a moving image (video clip) of your baby in utero.
CPC Obstetrics & Gynecology Booklet
Our OB-GYN Services
Some of our most popular obstetric and gynecologic services include the following:
Routine care is the best way to keep you and your body healthy.
An annual “well-woman” exam is a routine checkup of your reproductive organs and health. It may include a screening for cervical cancer – called a Pap smear – by taking a sample of tissue from your cervix during the pelvic exam portion of the checkup. Your OB-GYN provider may also look or feel for any abnormalities in the area of the vulva, vagina, uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes during the pelvic exam.
A well-woman checkup also typically includes a breast exam, plus your vitals (height, weight, blood pressure). It is also a good time to address any of a wide range of female medical issues, ranging from questions about menstrual cycles, pregnancy and family planning, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as what a woman can expect during and after menopause.
Women should begin getting annual female exams at puberty or once they become sexually active. How often you get an exam will depend on your particular medical history, age, and results of prior exams. Ask your CPC women’s healthcare provider what type of exam regimen is right for you.
Your women’s healthcare provider will typically conduct a breast exam during your annual well-woman exam. This clinical breast exam involves your provider looking at and feeling each breast for signs of breast cancer, such as lumps, swelling, or other abnormalities. This exam may also include a discussion of your risk factors for breast cancer, and how you can perform a self-examination at home. It is recommended that most women get an annual mammogram beginning at age 40.
A breast self-exam should be done at approximately the same time every month. Doing this provides you with baseline info – a familiarity with what is normal for your breasts, so that you can more readily notice when changes occur. What you’re looking for:
- Lumps or bumps
- Discharge from nipple (other than breast milk)
- Swelling of the breast
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Nipple abnormalities, such as pain, redness, scaliness, or a turning inward
If you notice any of the above, call your women’s healthcare provider as soon as possible for a clinical breast exam.
If your Pap smear result is abnormal, your doctor may recommend a colposcopy. The in-office procedure is relatively quick – just about 15 minutes – and involves the use of a magnifying instrument called a colposcope. It is used to better visually examine your cervix for suspicious cells. A biopsy may be taken during the exam for further evaluation in a lab.
A colposcopy can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions affecting the vulva, vagina, and cervix, including genital warts, inflammation, or early signs of cancer.
Our gynecologists take a sensitive, multidisciplinary approach to evaluating and treating female health issues. Our general gynecological care includes wellness exams for children, teens, and adults; family planning and contraception; and evaluation and treatment for a variety of gynecological disorders, including hormone imbalances, chronic pelvic pain, cervical dysplasia, infertility, and vulvar or vaginal disorders. Should surgery be necessary, our OB-GYN physicians have full staff privileges at Cullman Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Surgery Center of Cullman.
We are excited to be a part of your pregnancy journey – we’ll be with you every step of the way.
When it comes to the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, nothing in north Alabama matches the quality and scope of care provided by our OB-GYN providers. We are devoted to caring for you and your baby. Our obstetric specialists will oversee the medical needs of the mom-to-be from the earliest days of pregnancy to delivery and afterward. Our services include labor and delivery, the newborn nursery, postpartum unit, and women's surgical suites.
At CPC Multi-Specialty Group, we offer ultrasound services throughout your pregnancy, as outlined below.*
You will be asked to make separate appointments for these scans, so the techs will have adequate time to get the best pictures they can of your baby.
- 10-12 weeks: to confirm your due date, see baby’s heartbeat
- 20 weeks: determine sex of your baby, should you wish to know
- 30 weeks: 4D moving images of your baby
- 36 weeks: to get an estimate of your baby’s weight
If you have any questions about the ultrasounds we offer, call us at (256) 736-6224 and ask for Cristy or Winafred.
* Your physician may order an additional ultrasounds when necessary.
To help ensure the best possible results from your 4D ultrasound appointment, please take note of the following:
- For the best picture, it is important that your baby be in a face-up position. Images of the baby will be affected by anything that blocks the ultrasound’s sound waves, such as mom’s excess body tissue, or baby’s hands, feet, or umbilical cord. If your baby is cuddled against the wall of the womb, the image will be hazy. Also, if your baby is facing toward your back or positioned deep in your pelvis, we may only be able to see the back of their head. Breach babies are also difficult to scan as they tend to have their legs up in front of their face.
- You may want to bring a fizzy drink or something sweet to help stimulate your baby to move in a different position if we are having difficulty getting a good image.
- Please bring a rewritable CD if you would like us to burn the images for you. We will also have discs available for purchase in the office.
We are now offering special keepsakes that include your baby's heartbeat and ultrasound picture.
Urodynamics are studies or tests that identify how well your bladder, sphincters, and urethra are storing and releasing urine. Urodynamic tests can also show whether your bladder is involuntarily contracting, causing urine leakage.
You may wish to schedule urodynamic testing should you have symptoms, such as:
- Urine leakage
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Sudden, strong urges to urinate
- Problems starting a urine stream
- Problems emptying the bladder completely
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
New OB-GYN Patient Forms
Please print, fill out, and bring these forms with you to your first OB-GYN appointment at Cullman Primary Care.
ObGyn Care in Cullman, AL
To find out more about our OB-GYN services, or to make an appointment with our women’s health experts, call the women’s healthcare center at CPC Multi-Specialty Group in Cullman, Alabama, at (256) 736-6224 or request your appointment now.