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OUR SERVICES

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Embry Women’s Health in Mesa, Arizona offer exceptional women’s health services. Our providers JoEllen Embry, WHNP and Barbara Lockwood WHNP each have over 30 years in women’s health. Below is a list of the common services provided in our office. If you are considering gyn services from a female provider, go with proven and verified experts in women’s health.

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VAGINAL REJUVENATION
PROCEDURES
BIRTH CONTROL
PREVENTIVE CARE
PREGNANCY
GYNECOLOGY

VAGINAL REJUVENATION WITH VIVEVE

VAGINAL REJUVENATION – VIVEVE

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Viveve is an effective treatmentment for urinary leakage, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Viveve treatment involves just one-30 minute treatment, with no anaesthesia and no downtime. Viveve is a natural non-surgical vaginal tightening procedure using patented, radio frequency (RF) technology to tighten the tissue. Viveve is not a laser, but rather an RF device that delivers radiofrequency energy deeper to the vaginal and bladder support structures resulting in vaginal tightening and improvement in bladder control. Most women also report increased vaginal lubrication and sexual sensitivity.

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PROCEDURES

ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY

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Endometrial biopsy is a medical procedure that involves taking a tissue sample of the lining of the uterus. The tissue subsequently undergoes a histologic evaluation which aids the provider in forming a diagnosis. An endometrial biopsy is most often performed to help determine the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. It can also be done to help evaluate the cause of infertility, test for uterine infections, and even monitor the response to certain medications.

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COLPOSCOPY

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A colposcopy (kol-POS-kuh-pee) is a method of examining the cervix, vagina, and vulva with a surgical instrument called a colposcope. The procedure is usually performed if the results of your Pap smear (the screening test used to identify abnormal cervical cells) are unusual.

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ULTRASOUND

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Diagnostic in-office imaging that uses sound waves to make a picture of specific organs. Ultrasounds offered in-office include pelvic, abdominal, thyroid and various OB studies.

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BIRTH CONTROL

BIRTH CONTROL

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Birth control is designed to prevent pregnancy including short and long term solutions. The most common forms of non permanent birth control include pills, IUD devices, implants, injections and condoms. The most popular name brand birth control options include the Lo Loestrin Fe pill, Nexplanon Implant and Liletta IUD.

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IUD BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE

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An intrauterine device (IUD) is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. Five types of IUDs are offered in office ranging in various sizes including the Skyla, Mirena, Liletta, Paragard and Kyleena.

SKYLA IUD
MIRENA IUD
LILETTA IUD
PARAGARD IUD
KYLEENA IUD
IUD INFORMATION

NEXPLANON BIRTH CONTROL IMPLANT

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The Nexplanon implant is a very small rod inserted under the skin of a woman’s upper arm to provide birth control. It’s invisible and prevents pregnancy for up to 4 years. Nexplanon is placed in your arm by a trained health care provider. During the process, your skin is numbed in that area. The applicator guides Nexplanon under the skin of your arm. This minor surgical procedure is done in office with no downtime. The Nexplanon birth control implant is covered free under most commercial insurance plans.

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PREVENTIVE CARE

WELL WOMAN EXAMS

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A well woman examination is an exam offered to women to review elements of their reproductive health. It is recommended once a year for most women, regardless of age, menopause or other factors. The exam includes a breast examination, a pelvic examination and a pap smear. Depending on age other imaging and lab tests may be ordered most commonly including a Mammogram, Bone Density Scan (DEXA) and colon testing. Woman should still have a yearly exam even woman who are no longer childbearing, have gone through menopause or had breast removal procedures. Well woman exams are covered free under almost all health insurance plans.

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PAP SMEAR

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The Pap smear is a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix. A Pap smear is performed by opening the vaginal canal with a speculum, then collecting cells at the outer opening of the cervix at the transformation zone (where the outer squamous cervical cells meet the inner glandular endocervical cells). The collected cells are examined under a microscope to look for abnormalities.

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TEENAGE CARE

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Compassionate one-on-one care to help young women through the emotional, physical and social challenges during they experience.

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PREGNANCY

PREGNANCY

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Pregnancy, also known as gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman. Care for pregnancy includes knowing what to expect during pregnancy. Learning about pregnancy symptoms, nutrition, fitness, labor & delivery, week by week pregnancy information and more.

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INFERTILITY

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The cause of infertility may be difficult to determine but may include inadequate levels of certain hormones in both men and women, and trouble with ovulation in women. Many treatments exist solve infertility and significantly improve the chances of getting pregnant. They include hormone treatments, fertility drugs, and surgery. In addition, assisted reproduction uses various medical techniques to fertilize an egg.

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GYNECOLOGY

ABNORMAL PAP SMEARS

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Abnormal pap smears indicate the results of your Pap test come back positive, that means your doctor found abnormal or unusual cells on your cervix. It doesn’t mean you have cervical cancer. Most often, the abnormal test result means there have been cell changes caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

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An STD is an infection transmitted through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Many types of STDs exist and can impact women in different ways. Bacterial STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Viral STDs include HIV, genital herpes, genital warts (HPV), and hepatitis B. Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite. The germs that cause STDs hide in semen, blood, vaginal secretions, and sometimes saliva. Antibiotics, often in a single dose, can cure many sexually transmitted bacterial and parasitic infections, including gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis.

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HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

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Hormone replacement therapy, also known as menopausal hormone therapy or postmenopausal hormone therapy, is a form of hormone therapy which is used to treat symptoms associated with menopause in women. Symptoms most commonly treated in menopausal women including hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. Treatment is carried out by medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause.

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PAINFUL SEX

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Painful intercourse can occur in women for various reasons, ranging from physical problems to emotional concerns. Many medical conditions can lead to having pain during sex including Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Cysts. Painful sex is typically treated using low-dose estrogen to ease vaginal dryness. Forms of low dose estrogen most commonly used includes a cream, tablet, ring or pill. These go right into your vagina acting like estrogen in your body improving vaginal tissue to make sex enjoyable again.

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DYSPAREUNIA

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Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse due to medical or psychological causes. The pain can primarily be on the external surface of the genitalia, or deeper in the pelvis upon deep pressure against the cervix.

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VAGINAL ATROPHY

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Vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to your body having less estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful, but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms.

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VAGINAL DRYNESS

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Vaginal dryness may be a problem for women at any age, although it occurs more frequently in older women, particularly after menopause. Over half of post-menopausal woman typically between 51 and 60 are impacted by vaginal dryness. It is a problem that many women feel embarrassed to talk about with only a quarter of woman actually seeking treatment. The most common form of treatment is local estrogen available in the form of a small tablet inserted into the vagina with an applicator or vaginal ring. A trusted provider to talk about vaginal dryness is crucial.

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OVARIAN CYSTS

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Most ovarian cysts are small and don’t cause symptoms. If a cyst does cause symptoms, you may have pressure, bloating, swelling, or pain in the lower abdomen on the side of the cyst. Many cysts go away on their own. If not, treatments are birth control pills or surgery.

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UTERINE PROLAPSE

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Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken and no longer provide enough support for the uterus. As a result, the uterus slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina. Uterine prolapse can occur in women of any age.

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URINARY TRACT INFECTION

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Urinary tract infection (UTI) mostly impact women usually occurring in the bladder or urethra while the most serious infections occur in the kidney. A bladder infection may cause pelvic pain, increased urge to urinate, pain with urination, and blood in the urine. A kidney infection may cause back pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever. It is vital to find a provider who will provide accurate diagnosis via lab tests to rule out other types of infections. The most common treatment for a UTI is with antibiotics.

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INCONTINENCE

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Types of urinary incontinence include: Stress incontinence. Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy. Urge incontinence. You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. Medications are available to treat urge incontinence relaxing the bladder muscle and increasing the amount of urine that the bladder can control. Effective non surgical treatments treatments such as Viveve are proven to reduce urinary incontinence.

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HPV

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HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection in men and woman. In the United States nearly 80 million people or one in four are infected. HPV is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but some types can lead to cancer or genital warts.

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PELVIC PAIN

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The most common urologic cause of chronic pelvic pain is interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. Other causes include recurrent urinary tract infection, urethral diverticulum, and bladder cancer. Treatment for pelvic pain starts with the right diagnosis from a trusted provider. The wrong treatment without proper tests can make some GYN conditions worse.

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FIBROIDS

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Fibroids, also known as uterine myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas, are firm, compact tumors that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. It is estimated that between 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids.

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ENDOMETRIOSIS

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Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium grows on your ovaries, bowel, and tissues lining your pelvis. It’s unusual for endometrial tissue to spread beyond your pelvic region, but it’s not impossible. Endometrial tissue growing outside of your uterus is known as an endometrial implant.

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ABNORMAL UTERINE BLEEDING

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Abnormal uterine bleeding is defined as bleeding between monthly periods, prolonged bleeding, or an extremely heavy flow. Causes include overgrowth of fibrosis and polyps, blood disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, hormone changes during menopause, and cancer of the uterus or cervix.

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PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

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OSTEOPOROSIS

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Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.”

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MENOPAUSE

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Menopause is a Menopause is a natural decline in reproductive hormones when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s. It is a natural process with treatments that focus on symptomatic relief. Vaginal dryness is treated with topical lubricants or estrogens. Medications aimed at reducing the severity and frequency of hot flashes include venlafaxine and gabapentin. In special circumstances, oral hormone therapy may be prescribed.

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BLADDER CONTROL

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Bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, affects women and men of all ages. A common misconception is that it only impacts women later in life. It can be embarrassing, impacting quality of life and self confidence. Treatments and solutions are available to reduce, eliminate and regain better control to stop unwanted bladder leakage.

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TESTIMONIALS

Words from our patients

JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!

5 Stars – Yelp

Patient Image Yelp Layna HLayna H., Yelp

It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions.  I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.

5 Stars – 10/11/2018

Patient Image Kathy NKathy N., Yelp

Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

Patient Image Ashley DAshley D., Yelp

I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

Patient Image Shana EShana E., Yelp

“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”

5 stars – 09/28/2018

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OUR PATIENTS SAY

Patient Image Ashley F

The ladies here at Embry Women’s Health really know how to treat people! I’ve been coming here since I moved to the area four years ago, and I am never disappointed. Nurse Lockwood and Dr. Embry always make time for their patients and make sure to get to the root of any problem you may have. They also have a gorgeous office with everything you could possibly need. The atmosphere is very cozy and calming and does not feel like a doctors office at all. My only suggestion to visitors is to book your appointments ASAP as they go quickly, and I get why! Sometimes when I have come here, I end up waiting a bit as they do tend to give that full attention and care to each patient, so it’s worth the wait. I just wish they could be my nurse/doctor for EVERYTHING 🙁

5 Stars – Yelp – 06/03/2018

ASHLEY F
Patient Image Jennifer W

I have never had such a positive experience at a healthcare facility, not that I’ve had particularly negative ones, but I was pleasantly surprised the time Barbara Lockwood, NP took with me. She is very easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I’m so glad I found this practice!

5 Stars – Yelp – 12/29/2017

JENNIFER W.

This was my first visit at this office and it was so much better then a visit I’ve had at a different gynecologist. The ladies were genuinely friendly and helpful and all very knowledgeable. They make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s so hard to find a gynecologist that fits your needs and I’m very happy to say I found mine.

5 Stars – Yelp – 4/10/2018

KELLY M.

Insurance

Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:

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