At the Florida Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders it is our belief that quality medical care cannot be rushed.
Our doctors spend over an hour with each patient during their initial visit, taking an in depth, thorough medical history.
This conversation is further enhanced by the extensive questionnaire filled out by our patients prior to their first visit.
By obtaining this detailed history, we give our patients the opportunity to share their voice and to tell us what they think is important to know about their medical condition. We believe that patients have a right to be heard.
We follow this comprehensive history with a meticulous physical exam where we spend over 30 minutes using specialized testing such as vulvoscopy and quantitative sensory testing.
The time dedicated to history-taking and physical examination has allowed us to achieve accuracy and specificity in our diagnoses. We believe that “vulvodynia” is a symptom, not a disease. As such, our physicians have devoted their careers to developing algorithms for the diagnosis and treatments of identifiable causes of vulvar pain.
While achieving precise diagnoses are critical, we also recognize the value of patient education. We understand that our patients need time to have all their questions answered and to address their concerns about their diagnoses and treatment. In addition, we share extensive reading materials with our patients, including books, study publications and online resources. These educational components to our visit endow our patients with a new sense of hope and empowerment.
It is important to us to be an accessible resource to our patients. Thus, we ensure that our doctors return every phone call and can be reached 24 hours a day in case of an urgent issue.
We believe in the importance of experience and expertise.
It is imperative for us to stay up-to-date with all current research and to focus our attention exclusively on vulvovaginal disorders.
In addition to keeping abreast with publications from our peers, we invest a great deal of our own time and resources on research. We conduct over a dozen medical studies each year to find new treatments for vulvovaginal diseases.
We recognize the importance of collaboration.
In our effort to provide the best care possible, we employ a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
We enthusiastically enlist the help of our colleagues in other arenas of sexual health care including physical therapists, sex therapists, psychologists, and nutritionists.