Gynecology

Carrie Carda, MD -  - OB-GYN

Carrie Carda, MD

OB-GYN & Integrative Medicine Specialist located in Poplar Bluff, MO

Gynecology embraces all aspects of women’s health, from your routine well-woman exam and birth control to the treatment of health problems related to your reproductive and urinary systems. Dr. Carrie Carda has extensive experience providing comprehensive care customized to maintain your gynecologic health. If it’s time for your annual exam or you have any questions or concerns, please call her practice, Women’s Health Specialists in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

Gynecology Q & A

Why are well-woman exams so important?

Your annual well-woman exam provides preventive care that protects your health by finding early signs of gynecologic problems. When caught at an early stage, treatment can be started to prevent progression to a serious disease.

Dr. Carda provides well-woman exams that include the full range of gynecologic care, such as:

  • Birth control
  • Breast and pelvic exam
  • Pap smear
  • Family planning and birth control
  • Screening for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Screening for chronic health conditions

Can you receive treatment for urinary incontinence?

Dr. Carda’s expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to your urinary tract, including urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence, which is unwanted urine leakage or the inability to hold urine in the bladder.

Urinary incontinence is often caused by weak muscles, damage to nerves that control the bladder, and changes in hormones. Dr. Carda offers several treatments:

  • InterStim™ therapy to normalize nerves
  • Botox injections into the bladder
  • Bladder lift and suspension surgeries

How is menopause management achieved?

As levels of estrogen decline in the years before, during, and after menopause, women develop diverse symptoms. Hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings are well-known symptoms, but the loss of estrogen has an impact throughout your body.

Estrogen is essential for maintaining the health of tissues inside your vagina. Loss of estrogen affects your skin, causing it to lose strength and become drier, thinner, and less elastic. When your estrogen level falls, your risk for osteoporosis significantly increases.

Dr. Carda offers menopause symptom management with bioidentical hormones. Since they’re identical to your natural hormones, and the dose is based on your exact needs, bioidentical hormones can safely stop and reverse menopause symptoms.

What treatments help improve sexual dysfunction?

Sexual problems like loss of interest, painful intercourse, and erectile dysfunction are often caused by loss of estrogen in women and low testosterone in men. Sexual dysfunction can be improved with:

  • Bioidentical hormones: restoring hormones to normal levels reverses sexual dysfunction problems
  • O-shot: injection of platelet-rich plasma revitalizes vaginal tissues and enhances your sexual experience
  • P-shot: injection of platelet-rich plasma used in men to improve erections and restore sexual response

What is da Vinci® surgery?

Dr. Carda is trained to perform minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery, including hysterectomies, using the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci is an advanced robotic system that’s controlled by Dr. Carda, yet allows more precise movement than can be accomplished by human hands. It also provides a superior view of the surgical site using a camera with zoom and high-definition capabilities.