Every woman needs a gynecologist they can trust as a part of their woman’s health team. For many women, their gynecologist is the only doctor they will see regularly. However, whether a gynecologist is the only physician a woman regularly sees or if their gynecologist is a part of a larger slate of doctors, several common gynecological problems may be of concern.
At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Taryll Jenkins has provided professional help to women seeking medical assistance. From reproductive issues to irregular periods, Dr. Jenkins has been a trusted physician in the Katy, Texas, area for many years. What follows are some general women’s issues that Dr. Jenkins would like to discuss.
For many women, heavy periods, abnormal bleeding, and frequent spotting can be concerning. Many women assume this will be the new normal and that they will need to live with excessively heavy periods or unexplained bleeding in between periods. The truth is that women do not have to live with these symptoms, which are often caused by a hormonal imbalance. These hormonal imbalances can usually be addressed with medication. That is not always the case, as heavy bleeding could be caused by other factors such as uterine fibroids, an improperly placed IUD, or endometriosis. The only way to get an accurate diagnosis will be to visit your gynecologist so that you can discuss your symptoms and an adequate treatment path can be put into place.
Cramping is an entirely normal symptom of the menstrual cycle. Severe pain and non-stop cramping, however, are reasons to be concerned, and reach out to your gynecologist as these could be symptoms of a fibroid tumor or uterine cyst. While both conditions can often resolve themselves given time, your doctor may want to schedule a series of ultrasounds so they can monitor these conditions. Another cause of severe abdominal pain could be endometriosis, which occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus shifts outside of the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Endometriosis can cause infertility in women, so your gynecologist will probably want to monitor you closely as this condition is treated.
Your gynecologist performs pap smears to detect any abnormal cells which may have developed on the cervix. Abnormal cells on the cervix could mean several things, including possible cancer, so any abnormal results will need to be followed up on by your gynecologist. Sometimes, your gynecologist may want to repeat the pap smear while, in other situations, a colposcopy may be recommended. A colposcopy allows for removing a tiny amount of tissue from the cervix, which will then be sent into a medical laboratory to be biopsied. Following the biopsy, your gynecologist will decide if the abnormal cells require removal.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.