We strive to create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients as each person has a unique history and unique needs. Some of our services include:
Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy or your journey to conceive, our team at Dr. Alice Yung is here to provide you support and exceptional care each step of the way. From preconception counseling and prenatal care to pregnancy management and preparation for childbirth, we offer expert advice and top quality medical care to our patients.
Struggling with infertility can be a frustrating, heartbreaking experience for many couples. Nearly 10%-15% of couples are affected by infertility.
Here at Dr. Alice Yung, we have compassion for these families, and we are proud to provide evaluations and treatments for common causes of infertility. Whether you are suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or another cause for infertility, we are here to help find the right solution for you.
Here at Dr. Alice Yung we believe in the importance of preventative care and having routine screenings to maintain your overall good health. Early detection can be the key to treating women’s cancers and increasing the chances of a full recovery. Our practice offers various cancer screening options so that you can ensure your optimal health.
Breast Cancer Screenings
Clinical breast exams are conducted during each exam to search for any changes in your breasts or unusual lumps. We will ask about your family history and if any members have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Annual mammograms begin at the recommended age of 40.
It is important that you conduct self-breast exams at home so that you can notice any changes in your breast between visits.
Cervical Cancer Screenings
Pap smears are important for finding any abnormal changes in your cervical cells. These tests begin at the age of 21. The HPV test can also be conducted at this time since the HPV virus can lead to cervical cancer. Even if you have been vaccinated against HPV, it is still important that you follow the screening recommendations for your age group.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings
The screening for colon cancer typically begins at the age of 45, unless otherwise recommended by your doctor. This is accomplished by analyzing a stool sample or by examining the colon and rectum (colonoscopy).
Endometrial Cancer Screenings
During menopause, women should report any unexpected vaginal changes such as bleeding or spotting. There are many causes of postmenopausal vaginal bleeding that can be benign such as uterine polyps or fibroids. However, uterine cancer, or endometrial cancer, can also cause abnormal vaginal bleeding during menopause. If you notice any abnormal vaginal bleeding or changes, please report them to your doctor so that a biopsy can be performed to determine whether there is a concern for cancer.
For women who are sexually active but do not wish to become pregnant, there are several birth control options, or contraceptives, available that are safe and effective. We will work with you to find a form of birth control that is right for you and your lifestyle.
As mentioned above there are various kinds of birth control:
These methods of birth control include male and female condoms as well as diaphragms, or cups, that work to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.
Hormonal birth controls may come in the form of pills, patches, rings, shots, or implants. These methods alter your hormone production to either prevent your body from releasing eggs or to thicken cervical mucus so that fertilization does not occur.
These birth control methods involve undergoing minor procedures to prevent pregnancy. An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small T-shaped device placed within the uterine cavity and works to prevent implantation of an embryo in the uterine lining.
Another form of procedural birth control is tubal ligation. This form is permanent as the Fallopian tubes are cut, clamped, or burned off. This prevents eggs from traveling to the uterus or sperm from reaching the eggs.
Abstinence, or refraining from sexual intercourse, is the only means of birth control that is proven to prevent pregnancy 100%. However, many of the birth control options listed above have excellent rates with less than 1% of women becoming pregnant when using the birth control method correctly.
Risks and Benefits
Every contraceptive has its own risk and benefits. It is important that you make this decision together with your doctor so that you are aware of all your options and choose the one that is right for you.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop either in or on your uterus. These growths can cause pain, heavy periods, and difficulty becoming pregnant. If you know or suspect you may have fibroids, we will help you achieve relief with the latest treatment options for fibroids.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. These are typically benign or noncancerous tumors. However, they can become quite large and cause severe pain in addition to other symptoms that may affect your quality of life.
These fibroids protrude into the uterine cavity and usually cause heavy, prolonged and/or irregular vaginal bleeding.
This is the most common type of fibroid and appears within the muscular wall of the uterus. These growths may become large and stretch your womb.
Subserosal fibroids form on the outside of the uterus which is called the serosa. These growths can become large and make your womb appear bigger on one side.
This type of tumor grows from a subserosal fibroid that develops a slender base or stem to support the tumor.
Symptoms will depend on the number of tumors present as well as their size and location. Oftentimes, smaller fibroids do not cause symptoms, but common signs and symptoms of fibroids include:
- Heavy, prolonged vaginal bleeding during your period
- Irregular vaginal bleeding between periods
- Pain in the pelvis or lower back
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Increased urge to urinate
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pressure or fullness felt in the lower abdomen
- Difficulty becoming pregnant
Your doctor can diagnose fibroids by feeling for any signs of abnormal growths in your uterus during a routine pelvic exam. An ultrasound or MRI can help to confirm the diagnosis and show the size and location of the fibroids.
If the fibroids are small, do not cause health concerns, or do not affect your quality of life, treatment may not be necessary. If needed, medications and birth control may help to control excessive bleeding during your periods. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the fibroids from your uterus or the uterus itself.
At Dr. Alice Yung, we provide comprehensive women’s health services while making you feel at ease and comfortable with your body and any health concerns you may have.
What is women’s health?
Women’s health treats conditions that mainly affect women. These conditions could be related to the female sex hormones, female reproductive organs, and conditions that primarily affect women.
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal atrophy
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic organ prolapses (POP)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PIDS)
- Menstrual symptom management
- Menopause symptom management
What is a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam is an annual examination that ensures you are healthy with a particular focus on your sexual and reproductive health. It is also an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you have such as contraceptives, testing for STDs and STIs, or symptoms that may indicate a hormonal imbalance or a greater women’s health condition.
During your well-woman exam, we may also do preventive screenings for cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer to ensure optimal health and wellbeing. We will check for any underlying causes of your symptoms or concerns and prescribe effective treatment options that fit your lifestyle and needs.
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
Abnormal vaginal bleeding could be a sign of an underlying medical problem that needs to be addressed. There are many causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding and OB/GYN Alice Yung, MD, is highly skilled in getting to the root cause of the problem and treating it effectively at her private practice in Pasadena, California. For Dr. Yung, your health and wellness are always her top priority. Start by scheduling your personal consultation by calling the office today.
HPV Vaccine & Testing
Since HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer, getting tested for and vaccinated against HPV can be especially beneficial in protecting your reproductive health. OB/GYN Alice Yung, MD, offers HPV vaccines and effective testing at her private practice in Pasadena, California. Dr. Yung works with you to take care of your health and offers innovative preventive care measures to keep you as healthy as possible. Schedule your personal consultation over the phone today.