The Washington University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a complete line of medical services to maintain optimal gynecologic well being throughout the phases of a woman's life, including those in her pre-reproductive years, child-bearing years and menopausal years. Physicians in the department provide evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of gynecological disorders and diseases, making this the largest center of its kind in the Midwest.
Full-time faculty physicians are either board-certified or board-eligible in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology, and represent all subspecialties within the practice of Ob/Gyn. Many of these faculty members participate in multi-center clinical research studies that allow access by their patients to new drug therapies and treatments.
Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology
The Division of Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology at Washington University offers the only program in St. Louis dedicated to meeting the special needs of pediatric and adolescent gynecology patients. As such, the Washington University Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology has become a major referral center within the Midwest. While the division is focused on preventing unwanted teen pregnancies (through abstinence and contraception counseling), it also recognizes the special needs of pregnant teens. The Teen Pregnancy Clinic provides obstetrical services, health education and counseling to pregnant adolescents up to the age of 17.
General Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology is focused on providing state-of-the-art therapies and compassionate care to women dealing with any number of gynecological issues, including: Women's Wellness, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, menopausal medicine and hormone replacement therapies.
The Division of Gynecologic Oncology has become a Midwest center of care for women diagnosed with possible gynecologic cancer or pre-cancerous conditions and those with gynecologic malignancies. Female reproductive cancers include cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, endometrium, vulva, vagina and cervix. As a member institution of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a multi-institutional clinical research group funded by the National Cancer Institute, Washington University is able to provide the latest cancer treatment options.
Maternal Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound
The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound of Washington University School of Medicine specialize in providing obstetrical services to women diagnosed with high-risk pregnancies, including those expecting multiple babies. The practice manages the delivery of approximately 300 high-risk pregnancies each year, including the delivery of more than 50 percent of the triplets and quadruplets born in the St. Louis area. The Ultrasound section at Washington University School of Medicine is the only physicians' practice in St. Louis dedicated exclusively to providing gynecologic and obstetric evaluations through state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment and the latest diagnostic techniques. Obstetric evaluations include comprehensive ultrasound evaluations of fetal anatomy and prenatal genetic diagnosis through genetic amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
Minimally Invasive Gynecology
The Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology provides advanced gynecologic surgical options for women in the St. Louis metropolitan and surrounding areas. New technologic advances in the last few years allow most benign gynecologic surgery to be performed in a minimally invasive fashion. Most common conditions that can be treated laparoscopically include heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine fibroids, painful periods, prolapse and endometrisos. The goal is to reduce the need for large open incisions for conditions requiring surgery and allow patients reduced recovery times, hospitalization and a quicker return to normal daily acitvities.
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology provides a full line of services for women from menstruation through menopause. The division may best be known, however, for its work with couples facing infertility by providing individualized diagnoses and treatments for ovarian factor, male factor, pelvic factor, cervical factor and unexplained infertility. The division's Advanced Assisted Reproductive Technology Program was the first in the State of Missouri to offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) services. IVF offers hope to couples who are unable to achieve a pregnancy through less-invasive treatment methods.
The Division of Urogynecology treats women who may be experiencing problems with the urinary tract, their bladder or urethra, rectum or reproductive organs. This includes incontinence, voiding and defacatory dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic floor pain. The division holds a special interest in treating these conditions through non-surgical methods, including pelvic floor physical therapy.