At Advanced Gynecology of Reno, we believe that a woman’s understanding of her body and knowledge of regular gynecological check-ups is vital for her overall health. Laurie Smith, APRN, our experienced Nurse Practitioners, provides insights into commonly diagnosed gynecological conditions and explains their diagnosis, management, and prevention.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. It is typically marked by irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, and weight gain. An early diagnosis is the cornerstone to managing PCOS effectively. At Advanced Gynecology of Reno, our approach involves not just treating the symptoms but also providing lifestyle counseling, which has shown to greatly improve the condition.


Another prevalent gynecological condition is endometriosis, affecting approximately 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years. This condition arises when the endometrium, the tissue lining the uterus, grows outside of it. Despite it often being painful, with proper medical or surgical management, women with endometriosis can lead normal, healthy lives.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that often make their appearance during a woman’s childbearing years. As Laurie shares, many women might not realize they have fibroids until they’re discovered during a routine pelvic exam. While fibroids are generally benign, they can sometimes cause heavy periods, discomfort, and even complications during pregnancy and labor. However, depending on the severity, many effective treatments are available.

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts, fluid-filled sacs in or on the surface of an ovary, are common and generally harmless, though they can occasionally cause discomfort and health complications.  It’s important to visit your gynecologist for regular check-ups and early detection. Most cysts resolve independently, but persistent ones may need medical intervention, and regular gynecological exams help monitor these changes.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Dysplasia

HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection, can lead to cervical dysplasia, a condition where abnormal cells grow on the cervix’s lining. Laurie underscores the critical role of regular Pap tests and HPV vaccines in the prevention and early detection of these conditions.

Visit Advanced Gynecology of Reno

In conclusion, Laurie Smith, APRN at Advanced Gynecology of Reno, stresses that education and early detection are our most powerful tools against these common gynecological conditions. At Advanced Gynecology of Reno, we are committed to supporting you on your health journey, offering advanced care within a compassionate and understanding environment. No concern is too small when it comes to your health. Contact us today to make your next appointment.