With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which form of birth control is right for you. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we work with women to help them understand what form of birth control may be best suited for them. Through comprehensive contraception counseling, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs will evaluate your medical and family history, as well as your lifestyle to be able to better provide an option that meets your needs. We can also explain the pros and cons of each form of contraception and answer any questions that you may have. To learn more and to schedule your contraception counseling appointment, contact us in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO.


    As an oral medication, birth control pills must be taken daily in order to act as effective contraception. They are typically considered a short-term option for protection against pregnancy and may also be helpful for treating some symptoms of certain conditions, including endometriosis.

    Approved by the FDA, an intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of contraception that is placed into the uterus. Depending on the type of IUD used, it may be hormone-releasing or free of hormones. An IUD does not need to be taken daily, and it will be placed and removed by one of our board-certified OB/GYNs.

    NuvaRing is a flexible vaginal ring that is inserted monthly as a form of contraception. Unlike an IUD, NuvaRing does not need to be inserted by a physician, but it will require a prescription. The NuvaRing applicator is similar to a tampon and is inserted by the patient in the comfort of their own home.

    A birth control implant is embedded in the arm and can provide up to three years of continuous pregnancy prevention. During a minimally invasive procedure, one of our board-certified OB/GYN professionals will place the implant in your arm. If you decide that you would like to get pregnant, you will need to come back in and have the implant removed early.

    Tubal ligation, also referred to as “getting your tubes tied,” works by tying, clamping, or sealing the fallopian tubes shut. It may be performed laparoscopically for quicker recovery times and is highly effective in preventing pregnancy. In some cases, the procedure may be reversed if the patient decides they would like to try to conceive.


    Even though you will have protection from getting pregnant, these contraception options do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV. To learn about all of your birth control options or if you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to contact our practice for a contraception counseling appointment.


    When choosing a form of contraception, there are several factors to consider. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we help women understand all of their options and provide a recommendation that will be best suited for them. Contact us at one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.


    Hormone treatment at Women’s Health at Valley View can provide relief from several symptoms associated with perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Our OB/GYN specialists offer both pharmaceutical and biomedical hormone replacement therapy options at our Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO locations. After a thorough examination of your current symptoms, blood hormone tests, and a review of your medical history, we will suggest the appropriate form of treatment for you. We can also evaluate if any additional tests need to be conducted to rule out any other existing conditions. Contact us at one of our Colorado facilities to learn more and to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified OB/GYNs.


    There are several hormonal changes that may begin to occur at the onset of menopause, which typically starts around the age of 40. Some of the symptoms associated with the various stages of menopause as estrogen levels increase and decrease include:

    – Hot flashes
    – Months in between periods
    – Changes in mood
    – Vaginal dryness
    – Sleeplessness


    Hormone replacement therapy is used to balance the levels of estrogen and other hormones in women, especially those that are in the stages of menopause. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we offer hormone pills, patches, creams, and suppositories with either bioidentical or pharmaceutical (synthetic) hormones.

    Bioidentical Hormones
    Bioidentical hormones are man-made to act similarly to the body’s own natural hormones. They are provided in varying forms to help balance out hormone levels and can be customized, depending on each patient’s needs.

    Pharmaceutical Hormones
    Pharmaceutical hormones are typically synthetic and may not represent as closely as the hormones that are naturally found in the body.
    Depending on your symptoms and medical history, our team of experienced OB/GYNs will be able to identify which form of hormone replacement therapy is best for you and your needs.


    When using hormone replacement creams, it is important to remember that you may be at risk of exposing those around you to the hormones. To avoid this, you should make sure that the area of treatment is dry after application and before coming in contact with others. With all forms of hormone therapy, our team will give you proper treatment and aftercare instructions to ensure your best results.


    Hormone replacement therapy can be extremely effective in helping to manage the symptoms that are associated with menopause. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we can help identify your current hormone levels and provide the appropriate treatment to balance them effectively. Contact us at one of our Colorado locations to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified OB/GYNs.


    The BRCA gene test is a type of blood screening that utilizes DNA analysis to identify any abnormal changes within the genes (BRCA 1 and 2) that are vulnerable to breast cancer. This is a preventive measure that helps determine the likelihood of developing cancer for those who have an inherited mutation or family history of malignancy in the breast and ovaries. Women who have the BRCA 1 and 2 genes are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer compared to others without these genes. Women’s Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO offers BRCA gene testing and has been helping women in the Roaring Fork Valley area for many years.


    BRCA testing is not right for everyone as having this type of gene mutation is very rare. Having a BRCA mutation can significantly increase one’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. You might want to consider gene testing if you:

    • Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
    • Have a personal history of these cancers
    • Have a male family member with breast cancer
    • Have a relative with a known BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation
    • Have an Eastern European or Jewish ancestry


    There are no medical risks involved with getting tested aside from a possible minor reaction to having a blood test, such as bruising or lightheadedness. The benefits include knowing if you have a genetic mutation or not, gaining knowledge about your health, relieving the anxiety of the unknown, and getting the treatment you need earlier rather than later when cancer is more difficult to treat.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we perform BRCA gene testing via blood analysis. After you have spoken with your healthcare professional or genetic counselor about getting the BRCA exam, we will schedule an appointment. On the day of your test, you will visit our practice to have your blood drawn. From there, we will send your blood sample to the lab for DNA analysis and call you when we receive the results. If you test positive for a BRCA mutation, we will carefully guide you through the next steps and how to move forward with treatment, if necessary.


    Knowledge is power and gaining the insight you need about your health can help prevent life-threatening ailments, such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Call any of our Women’s Health locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to schedule a consultation. Our caregivers are here to help empower you and educate you on your health so you can live a long and vibrant life.


    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are contracted by vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The organisms that cause these diseases are specifically transmitted from one person to the next through blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or other bodily fluids. In some cases, STDs can be passed nonsexually from mother to baby during pregnancy or through the use of shared needles. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we screen for many different types of STDs at our clinic locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO. If you suspect you may have an STI or have never been checked, we invite you to make an appointment at one of our care centers today.


    There are many different types of STIs, but some of the most common include:
    – HPV
    – Genital Herpes
    – Chlamydia
    – Gonorrhea
    – Syphilis


    The signs and symptoms will vary from person to person, depending on the type of STI, location, and severity. Some symptoms that are cause for concern may include:

    – Sores or bumps on the genitals
    – Unusual penial or vaginal discharge
    – Discomfort during intercourse
    – Painful or burning urination
    – Lower abdominal pain
    – Fever


    There are several precautions you can take to help prevent STIs. Some good practices include abstaining from sexual activity until you and your partner have been tested, getting vaccinated, and using condoms or dental dams consistently. Limiting the number of sexual partners may also help decrease the chances of acquiring an unwanted infection or STD.


    The first step in the screening process would be to make an appointment at one of our healthcare centers. From there, several options are available, including blood tests, urine samples, and fluid assessments. All of these evaluations will help determine and confirm a diagnosis if you have an STI. This process is generally very quick, and appointments typically take about 30 – 45 minutes.
    There are various treatment options available to help treat the signs and symptoms of STIs and even decrease the frequency of outbreaks. Generally, STIs that are caused by bacteria are very treatable, but with viral infections, it’s more about managing symptoms as there may not be a cure.


    If you have never been tested for STIs, then we encourage you to call Women’s Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO. We also recommend that you undergo STI testing once a year to ensure optimal health. When you visit our practice, our care team will help answer all your questions and discuss which testing may be the best for you.



    Endometriosis is a condition that is present when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium) starts to grow outside of the uterus. Along with causing severe pain in the pelvis and abdomen areas, endometriosis may also cause the formation of scar tissue, cysts, and adhesions on or around the ovaries. This occurs because during menstruation, the tissue that has developed on the outside of the uterus becomes trapped and has nowhere to exit the body. Though the cause of endometriosis may not always be able to be identified, our team of skilled OB/GYNs at Women’s Health at Valley View works with women to properly diagnose and treat endometriosis through various procedure options. Contact us in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to learn more and to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified professionals.


    There are several symptoms that are linked to endometriosis that can help lead to a proper diagnosis, including:
    – Abnormally painful menstrual periods
    – Pain during or after intercourse
    – Painful bowel movements or urination
    – Infertility
    – Heavy or excessive bleeding during menstruation


    Though the only way to get an accurate diagnose of endometriosis is through a diagnostic laparoscopic surgical procedure, there are a few other noninvasive tests that can be conducted if it suspected that you may have endometriosis, such as:

    A pelvic exam: In this exam, one of our OB/GYN specialists will manually feel around your pelvic area in order to detect any abnormalities, including cysts. Typically, endometriosis may only be suspected during a pelvic exam if one of the abnormalities is currently present.
    An ultrasound: For this test, the ultrasound may be conducted on your abdomen or as a transvaginal ultrasound. This allows for a better image of your reproductive organs. Similar to the pelvic exam, it can only identify existing abnormalities and cannot conclusively diagnose endometriosis.
    An MRI: Using radio waves and a magnetic field, an MRI may be utilized for surgical planning and provide information about the overall location and size of endometrial implants.
    Laparoscopic surgery: During this procedure, a small incision is made near the belly button and a laparoscope is inserted in order to evaluate any abnormal tissue grown outside of the uterus. A sample of the tissue may be taken as a biopsy, and in many cases, surgical treatment can be administered at the same time as the diagnosis.


    Effective in helping to slow the growth of endometrial tissue, hormone-balancing medications come in various forms. Some of the most common include birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings, and intrauterine devices. During a thorough consultation, our team of OB/GYNs will be able to determine which form of hormone treatment may be ideal for you and your needs in order to relieve the symptoms of endometriosis.
    Endometrial ablation is a procedure that works to destroy the endometrium that has developed outside of the uterus. With no necessary incisions, a small device is inserted through the vagina and various methods may be used to ablate the tissue, including radiofrequency energy, extreme cold, heated fluids, or microwave energy.
    During a laparoscopic procedure, as much of the endometrial tissue is removed as possible. Through a small incision, only the tissue in the uterus is targeted and both the uterus and ovaries are preserved.


    Prior to recommending any form of treatment, our experienced team at Women’s Health at Valley View will conduct the appropriate diagnostic testing and provide a thorough examination. Typically, less invasive treatments will be prescribed before a surgical option is recommended. Our team will also be available to answer any questions you may have before, during, or after your treatment process to ensure that you are comfortable and thoroughly understand your procedure options.


    Endometriosis can be extremely painful and affect your overall quality of life. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we can offer both diagnostic testing and treatment to help eradicate the unpleasant symptoms associated with this condition. To learn more, we invite you to contact one of our Colorado locations to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified OB/GYNs.


    There are multiple types of uterine fibroids that can cause painful symptoms for those who experience them. Uterine fibroids are classified as benign lumps that appear on the uterus and may grow larger, becoming inflamed. They may also cause heavy bleeding during menstruation and issues with infertility. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we use ultrasound diagnostic testing, as well as several different treatment options, depending on the extent and number of existing fibroids. If you are experiencing any symptoms that could be related to fibroids, we urge you to contact one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO. These symptoms could include:

    – Extreme pain during menstruation
    – Pain in the pelvis and/or lower back
    – Heavy bleeding during and outside of menstruation
    – Abnormal bloating in the abdomen
    – Frequent urination
    – Pain during intercourse


    The different types of fibroids are characterized by their location and include the following:
    – Intramural fibroids: form in the muscular wall of the uterus
    – Subserosal fibroids: develop outside of the uterus on the serosa
    – Pedunculated fibroids: occur when subserosal fibroids grow a stem that supports the fibroid
    – Submucosal fibroids: grow within the middle muscle layer in the uterus (also known as the myometrium)


    Typically, fibroids only need to be treated if they are causing painful symptoms or are affecting fertility. The treatment recommended will be dependent on the size and type of existing fibroids. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we provide minimally invasive and surgical options, including:
    – Endometrial ablation: This procedure works by destroying (ablating) the lining of the uterus. The type of method used may vary, depending on your existing condition but could include liquid heat, extreme cold, or radiofrequency energy.
    – Myomectomy: A myomectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the fibroids. During the procedure, an incision is made along the lower abdomen area and the fibroids are surgically removed from the wall of the uterus. The incision will then be stitched closed.
    – Laparoscopic surgery: A laparoscopic myomectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a hysteroscope. This device is inserted into the vagina to reach the uterus where the fibroids will then be removed.


    Fibroids can cause many painful symptoms that may require them to be removed. With several different types of fibroids, treatment options will vary. At Women’s Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs can create a customized treatment plan best suited for your needs. Contact one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule a consultation.


    Also known as menorrhagia, heavy bleeding during menstruation may be a symptom of a more serious condition. Typically, heavy bleeding is identified when a woman needs to change their tampon or pad every hour when on their period. Along with heavy bleeding, other symptoms may include extreme fatigue, cramps, anemia, or the passing of blood clots. Our team of board-certified OB/GYNs at Women’s Health at Valley View can provide diagnostic testing to identify the cause of heavy bleeding, as well as offer several treatment options. At our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO, our goal is to help women experience an improved quality of life by effectively treating heavy bleeding and the associated symptoms. Through a comprehensive consultation, we can help you to learn more about your options.


    In order to identify the cause of problems that may lead to heavy or abnormal bleeding, an endometrial biopsy can be performed. During the biopsy, a small piece of tissue from the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is taken in order to be examined for cancerous cells or other abnormalities. Some common causes of heavy bleeding may also include:

    – Unbalanced hormones
    – Growths on the uterus
    – Endometriosis
    – Hypothyroidism
    – Pelvic inflammatory disease
    – Kidney or liver conditions
    – Precancer or cancer in the uterus, cervix, or ovaries


    Hormone-releasing medications that help administer progesterone that can give the body a signal to not thicken the lining of the uterus may be useful in treating heavy bleeding. In turn, the uterus will have less lining to shed throughout the menstrual cycle. One of the most common forms of hormone-releasing medications includes birth control pills.

    Also known as an intrauterine device, an IUD is a hormone-releasing device that works by releasing progestin. This helps to thin the lining of the uterus, which means there will be less lining to shed during menstruation. Though many women relate IUD to a form of contraception, it is also approved by the FDA as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.

    As an effective treatment for heavy bleeding during menstruation, endometrial ablation requires no surgical incisions. Instead, a small tool is inserted into the vagina in order to remove the lining of the uterus (endometrium). There are several different methods used for endometrial ablation, such as extreme cold, heated fluids, microwave energy, and radiofrequency energy.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we work with patients to understand their existing symptoms and concerns before offering a customized treatment plan. Through proper diagnostic testing, we can also work to identify what may be causing your symptoms in order to better treat you.


    Heavy menstrual bleeding can greatly affect a woman’s quality of life. Thankfully, our team of experienced OB/GYNs at Women’s Health at Valley View can offer various solutions to treat the condition for women of all ages. Schedule a consultation at one of our Colorado locations to learn more about how we can help.


    When there is a condition affecting the uterus and the symptoms are causing a decrease in your quality of life, it may time to consider a hysterectomy. At Women’s Health at Valley View, our team of skilled OB/GYNs may recommend a hysterectomy when other treatments may have not been effective or if you are looking for a permanent form of birth control. Through varying surgical techniques, a hysterectomy is a procedure that removes part or all of the uterus, which can eliminate subsequent conditions, such as fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, or endometriosis. To learn more, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to learn more about a hysterectomy.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs performs hysterectomies utilizing various surgical methods.

    Traditional/Open Hysterectomy
    As the most common technique utilized for a hysterectomy, a traditional or open surgical procedure includes the use of a single large incision made across the abdomen. Through this incision, the uterus is removed and the area is stitched closed.

    Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
    Using a laparoscope, a tube-like device with a camera attached to it, a laparoscopic hysterectomy typically only involves three small incisions to the abdomen. Through these small incisions, the uterus is removed. With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the recovery process is usually much quicker.


    Following a hysterectomy, you will not be able to get pregnant and will no longer experience a menstrual period. Depending on your existing conditions, the fallopian tubes or ovaries may also be removed during a hysterectomy. Despite your age, when the ovaries are removed, your body will enter menopause. Whatever the reason for your hysterectomy, our team of specialists will educate you on your procedure options and provide you with information on what you can expect before, during, and after a partial or full hysterectomy. We also understand that a surgical treatment option may not be right for every patient, which is why we typically recommend less invasive forms of treatment prior to a surgical procedure.


    When other treatment options have failed or if you are looking for a permanent form of birth control, a hysterectomy may be a good procedure option for you. Our team of board-certified OG/GYNs can help you understand your various treatment options, as well as the process involved with a hysterectomy. Contact one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.


    A Pap smear is typically part of a thorough woman’s health exam and is performed in order to test for any abnormal cells on the cervix. At Women’s Health at Valley View, our skilled team of OB/GYN specialists performs Pap smears in order to test for human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as precancerous and cancer cells. No matter their sexual history, at the age of 21 or sooner, a woman should have her first Pap smear test in order to diagnose any abnormalities. Through this simple, quick test, early detection is possible, allowing any necessary treatment to begin as soon as possible. If abnormalities are detected, our board-certified team will be able to explain your treatment options before creating a customized procedure plan. To schedule your Pap smear, contact one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO.


    Performed during a well-woman exam, a Pap smear is performed quickly. A speculum is used to hold the vaginal area open and a brush is used to acquire a sample from the cervix. This sample of cells is then sent to a lab for testing, and we will update you on your results. If you have abnormal results, you will be asked to come back into our facility for further testing and treatment. There are several diagnostic tools and treatment options available at our practice.
    Used as a diagnostic tool, a colposcopy allows for a closer look of the cervix after abnormal Pap smear results. During the procedure, a speculum is inserted into the vagina and images of the cervix are taken. It will then be decided if a biopsy needs to be taken.
    – LEEP
    Performed under local anesthetic, a loop electrical excision procedure (LEEP) is administered to destroy abnormal cells using an electrical current. In the procedure, a small wire loop is used to collect the cells from the cervix. Following LEEP, some women may experience cramping and/or vaginal discharge. Our team can answer any questions you may have about the procedure and provide you with aftercare instructions.
    Cryotherapy is a procedure used to destroy abnormal tissue on the cervix by freezing it. Liquid carbon dioxide is administered through a probe in order to freeze the tissue. Some discomfort may be experienced and most women report feeling a cold sensation and some cramping.


    After you have had an abnormal result from a Pap smear, it is recommended to undergo more frequent tests in the future. This allows our team to be more proactive in identifying any issues before they develop further. Prior to any treatment, we will talk with you so that you know what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.


    A Pap smear test is a crucial procedure to screen for cancer cells in order to be proactive in offering treatment to destroy abnormal cells before further issues develop. Our team of board-certified at Women’s Health at Valley View strongly recommends that women receive regular screenings as a preventive measure. Schedule your Pap smear and well-woman exam at one of our Colorado locations today.


    As an essential part to your general and sexual health, a well-woman exam is recommended every year to test for any abnormalities and so that you can talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have, including birth control options. At Women’s Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs are well equipped to provide thorough well-woman exams for women in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO. With several offered tests, we are able to detect any issues before they develop further and provide you with necessary referrals or treatment options. We also work to build an open and honest relationship with our patients so that they feel comfortable when visiting our practice for an exam. Contact one of our locations today to schedule your comprehensive well-woman exam.


    Depending on your age and any existing concerns, your well-woman exam may consist of several different examinations and diagnostic tests. Prior to the exam, we will take your height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. You will then answer some questions asked to you by a member of our staff regarding any problems you are experiencing, how you are currently feeling, and the date of your last menstrual cycle. One of our experienced OB/GYNs will then perform a few different examinations, including the following:
    During a pelvic exam, both the external and internal area of the pelvic area will be inspected. As you lie on the examination table, your OB/GYN may manually feel with two gloved fingers the ovaries, uterus, and cervix while simultaneously pushing on the abdomen in order to detect any abnormalities. Additionally, they will insert a speculum in order to obtain a better view of both the vaginal walls and the cervix. In a pelvic exam, your doctor will be looking for any signs of infection, as well as moles, sores, discharge, discoloration, or other irregularities.
    A Pap smear is provided in order to test for human papillomavirus (HPV), precancerous, and cancer cells. During the test, a speculum is inserted into the vaginal opening and a brushing technique is used to collect cells from the cervix. These cells are then sent to a laboratory for testing.
    For a breast examination, your OB/GYN will manually feel each breast and underarm area. They are looking for any lumps or other abnormalities.
    A mammogram is used as a test to detect breast cancer. During the procedure, a thorough x-ray image is taken of each breast. Mammograms are recommended annually for all women over the age of 40 or earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer.


    Based on your age or symptoms, we may request additional testing outside of the regular well-woman visit or send you to a specialist with a referral for a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. Additional follow-up tests could include (but are not limited to):
    – Sexually transmitted disease testing
    – Ultrasounds or sonograms
    – Updates on immunizations
    – Colonoscopy


    During any part of your exam, if abnormalities are found, we may recommend additional testing, provide referrals, or suggest treatment options. For certain tests, samples may be sent to a lab for evaluation and we will contact you once we receive your results. Feel free to schedule a consultation if you have any questions or concerns prior to or after your well-woman exam.


    It is important to be proactive with your health, especially when given the ability to detect issues before they develop any further. During a well-woman exam, our experienced team of board-certified OB/GYNs will perform a series of tests to evaluate any irregularities that may need additional treatments. Contact one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule your annual well-woman exam.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we work to provide a proper diagnosis and effective treatment for pelvic floor disorders. This includes prolapse of the bladder, rectum, uterus, cervix, and vagina. A pelvic organ prolapse occurs when muscles and tissues are not able to fully support the pelvic organs. Our team of OB/GYN specialists provides both conservative and surgical methods to treat various pelvic floor disorders. We can also evaluate your symptoms to properly diagnose which type of disorder you may be suffering from. If you think you may be experiencing a pelvic floor disorder, contact one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.


    Pelvic floor disorders are categorized, depending on the pelvic organ that has been dropped. Among the different types of pelvic floor disorders are:
    Cystocele: This is also known as anterior prolapse and occurs when the bladder prolapses and drops into the vagina.
    Enterocele: A disorder that is present when the small intestine is pushed on the upper part of the vagina, making a bulge.
    Rectocele: Also known as a posterior vaginal prolapse, this occurs when the rectum creates bulging in the vagina.
    Uterine prolapse: This occurs when the uterus drops down toward the vagina and in some cases, protrudes from the vaginal opening.
    Vaginal vault prolapse: A condition that exists when the top part of the vagina drops and loses its support.


    After properly diagnosing a pelvic floor disorder, our OB/GYN specialists will create a customized treatment plan based on the extent of your condition and where it is occurring. Typically, noninvasive forms of treatment will be recommended first. This could include special strengthening exercises or the placement of a pessary, which is a small device placed into the vaginal area in order to support the prolapsed pelvic organs. If your condition is more severe or the less invasive treatments are not effective, surgery may be recommended to treat your pelvic floor disorder. The type of surgical procedure needed may vary, depending on your condition and which pelvic organs are being affected. During a thorough consultation, our skilled team of OB/GYNs will explain the entire treatment process to you and be able to answer any questions that you may have about your options.


    Pelvic floor disorders can be both painful and uncomfortable for those who suffer from them. At Women’s Health at Valley View, our experienced staff of OB/GYN professionals helps to diagnose and properly treat these disorders in women. Contact us to learn more about treatment options or to schedule your consultation at one of our Colorado locations.


    With multiple different types of urinary disorders, bladder control can be greatly affected, causing frequent trips to the bathroom, leakage, or pain. Our specialists at Women’s Health at Valley View work with women to provide a thorough diagnosis and treatment option for a variety of urinary disorders that may be affecting their quality of life. There are several factors that can lead to a weakened or dysfunctional bladder, including:
    – The aging process
    – Dietary habits
    – Pregnancy and childbirth
    – Being overweight
    – Having had a hysterectomy
    – Certain physical activities
    – Smoking
    – A family history of urinary disorders
    No matter the cause of your urinary issues, our board-certified OB/GYNs can help you find treatment to eradicate symptoms. Contact us in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to schedule a consultation and to learn more.


    There are a few ways to detect a urinary disorder, including evaluating your existing symptoms and your medical history. Additionally, a test known as “urodynamics” may be conducted to evaluate your urinary leakage and measure the pressure in your bladder. This test will help us to detect the following urinary conditions:

    Urge incontinence is identified by the loss of bladder control. Typically, individuals with this disorder will experience a strong urge to urinate that may make it difficult to make it to the toilet in time. A few factors that could lead to urge incontinence may include an infection, a neurologic disorder, or diabetes.

    Stress incontinence occurs when you experience frequent urine leakage. This is due to poor bladder closure and can cause issues when pressure is placed on the bladder, such as when exercising.

    Also known as painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis may cause increased bladder pressure, resulting in both bladder and pelvic pain. This is due to a disruption in the signals that indicate when urine should be released. The cause of this condition is not always known but could be due to a bladder defect.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, our board-certified OB/GYNs provide a variety of treatment options to help eradicate the symptoms of urinary disorders, such as:

    Lifestyle Changes
    – Changes in diet
    – Weight loss
    – Exercise
    – Bladder training
    – Stress reduction

    Noninvasive Treatments
    – Physical therapy
    – Pelvic floor exercises
    – Oral medications
    – Nerve stimulation
    – Stretching of the bladder with water (bladder distention)
    – Medication placed into the bladder
    – Pessary or urethral inserts

    Surgical Treatments
    – Urethral mesh sling (supports the urethra)
    – Retropubic colposuspension (lifts the tissues near the neck of the bladder)
    – Urethral bulking-agent injections (enhances the function of the sphincter)
    – Fulguration (removes ulcers)
    – Resection (removes ulcers)
    – Bladder augmentation (increases the amount the bladder can hold)


    Before recommending more invasive forms of treatment, our team will typically start with more conservative treatment options. Depending on which urinary disorder you have and its severity, different procedures may be suggested. After administering a diagnostic test and evaluating your symptoms, we will have a better idea of where to start your treatment.


    Urinary disorders can be embarrassing, inconvenient, and painful. Thankfully, our team at Women’s Health at Valley View is well equipped to treat these disorders through various methods. Learn more about your options by contacting one of our Colorado locations to set up a consultation with one of our board-certified physicians.



    There may be several reasons why a woman may have difficulty conceiving. Therefore, at Women’s Health at Valley View, we work with women during fertility consultations and testing if you are hoping to start or add a new member to your family. For women who are trying to conceive over the age of 35 or are just having difficulty conceiving, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs will provide a thorough evaluation to determine what may be the cause. At our Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO locations, we desire to aid women of all ages to allow them to understand their fertility options and start them on their journey to motherhood. Contact one of our facilities today to learn more about fertility testing and how we can help you.


    There are a few symptoms, conditions, or circumstances that women who are having difficulty conceiving may exhibit, including:
    – Extremely long or short menstrual cycles
    – Irregular or a lack of menstrual cycles
    – Painful periods
    – Obesity
    – Endometriosis
    – Pelvic inflammatory disease
    – A misshapen uterus or fallopian tubes
    – A history of multiple miscarriages
    – Past cancer treatments, including radiation exposure or chemotherapy


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we offer several types of fertility testing based on existing symptoms/conditions that may be causing difficulty conceiving. Among these tests are:
    Ovulation tests: During this testing process, our OB/GYN specialists evaluate if an egg is being released during ovulation. Typically, a blood sample is taken to determine if hormone levels are in the normal range. We may also identify the quality and amount of eggs in your ovarian reserve by testing hormone levels among certain phases of the menstrual cycle.
    Ultrasounds: An ultrasound creates a sonogram image of the reproductive system. This allows our team of OB/GYNs to identify any abnormalities, such as growths, cysts, or an irregularly shaped uterus.
    Transvaginal ultrasounds: For a transvaginal ultrasound, a “wand” is inserted into the vagina to offer a thorough view of the uterus and ovaries. Similarly to an ultrasound performed on the abdomen, this allows our team to check for any fibroids, growths, or additional abnormalities that may be present on the fallopian tubes, uterus, or ovaries.


    After fertility testing is conducted, our skilled team will be able to talk with you about your results. If an abnormality or condition is present, we will also be able to explain your options for treatment. At our practice, we have several options for infertility treatments and we will determine the best approach for you and your needs.


    When trying to conceive, it can be frustrating and heartbreaking when things don’t happen the way you planned. To learn about fertility testing and the treatments we offer at Women’s Health at Valley View, we invite you to contact one of our Colorado locations. We can help you learn more about your fertility options.


    There are several reasons why a woman may find it difficult to become pregnant, but thankfully, there are also treatment options available to help treat fertility issues. Our experienced team of OB/GYN specialists works with women to understand these options in order to hopefully help guide them toward a positive pregnancy test. We will be with you every step of the way during every appointment if you choose to go through with treatment, and we can answer any questions that you may have about the entire process. Contact Women’s Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation with one of our board-certified OB/GYNs.


    Issues with infertility in women can be caused by a variety of factors and have several indicators, including:
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): an endocrine condition in which a woman’s eggs do not mature
    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): caused by an infection in the reproductive organs that can lead to damage to the ovaries, uterus, or fallopian tubes
    Fibroids or polyps: noncancerous tumors in the uterus that can alter the shape of the womb or change the responsiveness of the endometrium
    Hormone imbalance: when the body creates too little or too much of a reproductive hormone
    Female aging: the chances of infertility can decrease as a woman ages due to the decline in quality and quantity of eggs
    Ovulatory dysfunction: a condition in which the ovaries do not create or release an egg throughout the menstrual cycle
    Menopause: this indicates that a woman’s supply of eggs is depleted
    Recurrent miscarriages: can be an indication of an existing fertility condition
    Endometriosis: affects the tissue lining of the womb (uterus) and can cause several symptoms, including infertility
    Unexplained infertility: in some cases, the cause of infertility may remain unknown even after testing


    Depending on what may have been detected during fertility testing, there are several treatment options that are available at Women’s Health at Valley View. Along with certain lifestyle changes, some treatments include:
    Clomid: This medication works by utilizing hormones to stimulate the release of mature eggs from the ovaries.
    Progesterone: As a hormone that naturally occurs in the body, progesterone is released by the ovaries and is essential for the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. It can also be provided as a medication (as a gel, pill, or injection) to effectively treat infertility.
    HCG: Also known as human chorionic gonadotropin, HCG is a hormone that is created by the placenta and is released after a fertilized egg is implanted. It is required to sustain a pregnancy and can stimulate the production of progesterone, as well as cause ovulation. Typically administered through injections, HCG can be taken on its own to help aid in fertility or alongside additional fertility treatments, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI).
    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): As an in-office procedure, IUI only takes a few minutes to perform. Prior to the procedure, sperm will be collected from the male and is washed in order to remove seminal fluid to concentrate the sperm. This prepared sperm is then inserted into the uterus by a thin catheter that is attached to a syringe, bypassing the cervix in order to place the sperm closer to the fallopian tubes. This raises the chances that the sperm will come in contact with the egg.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we work with women to allow them to understand their fertility options to aid them in starting or growing their family. With several treatment options available, our team of OB/GYN professionals can work with you to understand your individualized needs before recommending the right one for you. Learn more by contacting us in Colorado to schedule a consultation.



    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we are dedicated to our patients and to helping women experience healthy and happy pregnancies. With prenatal care, we can meet with expecting mothers at the beginning of their first trimester and provide care all the way through childbirth. Our experienced team of board-certified OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives will review your medical history, request laboratory tests, and perform a physical examination at your initial visit and provide you with a calendar of when to attend your regular prenatal care visits. At our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Eagle, and Silt, CO, we are passionate about providing the highest level of women’s health and prenatal care for all expecting mothers. To schedule your initial consultation, we invite you to contact one of our Colorado locations, and we welcome you to the beginning of your beautiful journey to motherhood!


    During your initial prenatal consultation, we will request blood work, evaluate your medical history, and perform a physical exam. Additionally, we may request additional testing and will set you up with additional follow-up exams as your pregnancy progresses. Our skilled and certified team will also be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding your pregnancy and what you can expect, including when to schedule ultrasounds, dietary restrictions, the changes you will begin to notice each trimester, and more.

    Family Participation
    During your visits to our practice, we encourage you to bring along family members to some of your visits. Fathers are always welcome and children may enjoy listening to their sibling’s heartbeat. However, during more extensive visits, it may be best to arrange childcare for them, and during some visits, your OB/GYN may request alone time with the expecting mother. In general, it is your decision on who you would like to accompany you during your visits, but we do request that you limit the number of additional people in the exam room.


    If this is your first pregnancy, we may encourage you to attend childbirth classes with your partner during the last couple of months of your pregnancy. It is also important to note that your prenatal care visits will become more frequent as you get closer to your due date so that both you and your baby can be closely monitored. If you have any questions throughout your pregnancy, we are always available to answer them by phone or in person at your visit.


    Prenatal care is essential to a healthy and happy pregnancy not only for you but also for your unborn baby. At our Colorado facilities, we are dedicated to helping you experience exceptional prenatal care and we are always available to answer any questions that you may have throughout your pregnancy. Contact Women’s Health at Valley View today to schedule your initial prenatal care consultation.


    As a part of prenatal care at Women’s Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs may suggest specific tests to check on the health of your baby. At our Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO locations, we offer a series of testing options in order to detect any abnormalities and risks for the expectant mother or baby. They can be scheduled for the first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy, depending on which tests are being administered. Based on your medical history and any current conditions or concerns, we can provide recommendations for common prenatal tests during a thorough consultation. Our team will also be able to consult with you about what each test entails and what you can expect throughout the process.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, we provide several different tests to check on the development of your baby and ensure that you remain healthy throughout your pregnancy. These tests include:
    – Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT): This can screen for Down syndrome and additional chromosomal abnormalities.
    – Genetic carrier screening: A test that can determine if either the mother or father is a carrier of certain genetic disorders.
    – Quad screen: An important blood test that can assess the risk of a neural birth defect or identify chromosomal deficiencies.
    – Group B Strep (GBS): This is a bacterium that can be found in the vagina or rectum and can make the newborn susceptible to sepsis, pneumonia, or meningitis if not detected through prenatal testing.
    – Gestational diabetes: Your insulin levels will be tested to ensure that you are producing the proper amount of insulin throughout your pregnancy.
    – Maternal-Fetal Medicine consultation: A Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist is equipped and properly trained to handle high-risk pregnancies.
    – Nonstress test: This simple, noninvasive test evaluates the baby’s movement, heart rhythm, and contractions during labor.


    While some of these tests may be routine procedures, others may only be recommended if there is a family history of certain conditions or if you are showing symptoms. Additionally, the process for each test will differ and may include drawing blood, a mouth swab, tissue collection, or another method. If you test positive for a condition, we can talk with you about your options and secondary testing may be recommended. Please feel free to talk to our experienced team if you have any questions or concerns at all. We are happy to provide any additional information about your testing options or your results.


    With prenatal testing, our OB/GYNs at Women’s Health at Valley View can identify any conditions that may require additional treatment or testing. With a variety of testing options, we can help to recommend any that may be necessary for you based on your medical history and current symptoms or concerns. To learn more, feel free to contact our facility to schedule a consultation for prenatal testing.


    With the use of state-of-the-art technology, our team at Women’s Health at Valley View can provide ultrasounds and sonograms for detailed images of your reproductive organs for various purposes throughout your life. During an ultrasound, the sound waves create the sonogram, a flat, 2D image of your reproductive system or baby. At our Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO locations, we also offer 3D and 4D ultrasounds along with the traditional forms to provide patients with the treatment method that is best for their needs. These more advanced imaging options can allow our team to identify certain complications, as well as birth defects and abnormalities developed prior to birth. Contact our facility to learn more or to schedule your initial consultation with one of our skilled OB/GYN specialists.


    At Women’s Health at Valley View, there are several options for the types of ultrasounds that may be performed for diagnostic purposes or during pregnancy. As a noninvasive procedure, an ultrasound can produce imaging that can be used to ensure optimal health for women, as well as to monitor the development of your baby and your pregnancy’s progression. The types of ultrasounds we offer include:
    – Pelvic ultrasound: performed on the vaginal area and abdomen
    – Transabdominal ultrasound: performed on the abdomen and provides a 2D picture
    – 3D ultrasound: offers an improved visual over a standard ultrasound and can detect certain birth defects
    – 4D ultrasound: produces a video of the baby in the womb
    – Doppler ultrasound: used to assess the fetus’s blood vessels after a diagnosis of gestational diabetes
    – Transvaginal ultrasound: a “wand” or transducer is inserted into the vagina to provide an image during the early stages of pregnancy


    Prior to any type of diagnostic imaging, a member of our team will explain the process in detail so that you know what to expect. We may choose to perform an ultrasound or sonogram to ensure optimal health following an abnormal pap smear or during your pregnancy to keep a close eye on the development of your baby. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we understand that you may desire to have your loved ones alongside you during a pregnancy-related ultrasound. If you desire to have your family members present during your ultrasound appointment, we encourage that you only invite the immediate family in limited numbers. We always work with you to provide the appropriate accommodations for you and your family during your ultrasound appointment.


    With advanced imaging technology and techniques, our team at Women’s Health at Valley View provides ultrasounds to provide sonogram images to evaluate your overall health and that of your baby. To learn more or to schedule your ultrasound, we invite you to contact one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO. We want to help you experience an overall healthy and happy pregnancy experience.


    Vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is a birth that is performed naturally rather than by surgery. There are many women who plan for a vaginal birth, but unfortunately, some complications may have lead to an emergency or even a planned C-section. This procedure involves making a surgical incision along the lower abdomen with a second incision being made in the uterus to deliver a baby safely. A cesarean can be really hard on a woman’s body, but it can also be difficult emotionally as many moms hope for a successful vaginal birth. If you are pregnant and have had a C-section but would like to attempt a natural birth, call Women’s Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO. Our highly trained and experienced OB/GYNs have been serving women of the Roaring Fork Valley area for many years and look forward to helping you grow your family.


    There are various reasons to consider a VBAC:
    – Shorter recovery time than cesarean
    – Lower risk of surgical complications
    – Decrease risk of scarring (which can impact future pregnancies)
    – The opportunity to move forward with your personalized birth plan


    A VBAC isn’t for everyone as there are many factors to consider in order to move forward safely. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we evaluate each patient case carefully while keeping the health of you and your baby at the forefront of our minds. Typically, ideal candidates do not have a high vertical uterine incision, no prior uterine rupture, or previous uterine surgeries (fibroid removal). Other factors that may prevent a VBAC is advanced age, 40+ week pregnancy, stalled labor, and obesity.


    Although rare, the main risk involved with vaginal birth after a C-section is that the original cesarean incision may tear. This is known as a uterine tear, which can cause extreme blood loss that can be life-threatening for the mother and baby. On average, 60 – 80% of women have a successful vaginal delivery after a C-section.


    The procedure process is the same for VBACs as it is with traditional vaginal births. When you go into labor, you’ll move forward with your personalized birth plan and check into our care facility at Valley View Hospital. During your initial consultation with your OB/GYN, we will review all risks factors involved, but in order to provide the utmost safety for you and your baby, our medical team will closely monitor your baby’s heart rate throughout your labor. We will also be prepared to perform an emergency C-section, if medically necessary.


    If you are eligible and are considering a vaginal delivery after you have had a C-section, then we invite you to call Women’s Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, CO. One of our board-certified OB/GYNs can sit down with you to listen to your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and review all the risks involved so you can move forward with the safest birth plan possible. We are here to guide you with leading medical care you can depend on.