Walk-in Appointments: Monday-Wednesday with Barbara Howard, WHNP FROM 1-3 PM

Gynecology Specialist

Austin Springs Women's Health

OBGYNs located in Austin, TX

The word gynecology refers to the science of women, and at Austin Springs Women's Health in Austin, Texas, MD, Martha Schmitz, MD, and Barbara Howard, WHNP-BC, are highly experienced in the many unique stages of a woman’s life. They are committed to providing the highest quality gynecology care using the latest sciences and technologies available. From performing routine exams to treating complex issues like endometriosis and abnormal bleeding, you get the peace of mind that your reproductive health is the team’s first priority. Book a consultation online or by phone to learn more about available gynecology services.

Gynecology Q & A

When should I begin seeing a gynecologist?

Austin Springs Women's Health recommends a girl schedules her first gynecological visit between the ages of 12 and 15. These are the years when menstruation begins, and teenagers experience many physical and emotional changes.

This phase of an adolescent’s life can be challenging, and by establishing a supportive relationship with an experienced doctor, your teen can get her questions answered, practice preventive care, and allow the team to assess her development.

During these appointments, a physical exam isn’t always necessary. Rather, the team spends a large portion of the appointment time talking one-on-one with your teen, answering questions, and ensuring a comfortable, positive experience.

What gynecological care do I need during my reproductive years?

Older teens and adult women benefit from routine gynecological check ups to discuss family planning, sexuality, menstrual periods, and general health issues. Austin Springs Women's Health focuses on helping you create healthy habits.

Starting at the age of 21, you need an annual Pap smear to identify abnormal cervical cells that can lead to cancer.

Common issues that are addressed during your reproductive years include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Mood changes
  • Pelvic pain
  • Weight gain

Austin Springs Women's Health offers treatments for conditions like vulvodynia and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you suffer from endometriosis, the team advises patients on all their options of treatment, from medication to minimally invasive surgery.

The team can discuss family planning concerns, including any difficulties you may have getting pregnant. They also offer HPV management and STI screenings.

What can I expect from gynecology appointments as I approach menopause?

As your reproductive years come to an end, your hormones begin to fluctuate, and you may feel a range of emotions and physical symptoms. These symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause can cause a lot of confusion, and even fear, as your body continues to change.

During the transitional years leading up to menopause and beyond, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Skin changes
  • Breast problems

Austin Springs Women's Health recommends regular screenings for cervical and uterine issues as a preventive measure. You may also need to undergo a colon screening after you reach the age of 50.

The team is experienced in caring for mature women as they begin their transition to the postmenopausal years, including creating care plans for hormone therapy support and lifestyle strategies to accommodate menopause-related changes.

To learn more about the available gynecology services, book a consultation online or by phone.