Brook Thomson, MDObstetrics & Gynecology
Robert Schenken, MDObstetrics & Gynecology
Sarah Vanarendonk, MDObstetrics & Gynecology
Your reproductive health is our top concern every step of the way. We will help you feel comfortable discussing any symptoms you may be experiencing. We welcome any question that’s on your mind. No question is too small to ask when it comes to your health.
Just because a condition is called “benign” doesn’t mean you must just live with it. If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of a benign condition, we will help you get to the bottom of the issue and find the right treatment plan.
- Abnormal bleeding
- Cervical dysplasia
- Miscarriage management
- Missed periods or abnormal periods
- Ovarian cysts
- Painful periods and chronic pelvic pain
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Pelvic scar tissue (pelvic adhesions)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
- Uterine fibroids and other noncancerous tumors
- Uterine prolapse or other pelvic organ prolapse
- Vulvar or vaginal pain
Urinary gynecological conditions, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic floor relaxation, are often solvable problems. We can help find the cause of the problem and determine the appropriate treatment.
- Urinary incontinence: This condition usually has symptoms of stress incontinence (when coughing, sneezing or laughing causes urine to leak from the bladder) or urge incontinence (when the urge to urinate is so strong and sudden that it’s difficult to get to a bathroom in time). Sometimes both symptoms are present.
- Pelvic floor relaxation: This problem can include a uterine prolapse or another pelvic organ prolapse. It occurs when the pelvic structures are not fully supported because of weakening of the surrounding muscles. This may feel like an abnormal bulge in the pelvic region, often palpable internally.
Teens often have questions about reproduction. Our nurses and doctors take time to provide education about contraception, safer sex practices and sexually transmitted diseases. We also offer free pregnancy testing.
Teenage girls can access a wide variety of services through our Teen Health Clinic.
You will have access to the most advanced gynecological cancer treatments in the region. To provide the highest-quality care, we collaborate with the Mays Cancer Center, a partnership between UT Health San Antonio and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Our faculty physicians are also researchers and are up-to-date with the most advanced practices for treating gynecological cancer.
Depending on the type of cancer and the stage, we offer several treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We treat cancers of the reproductive organs, including:
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
Our dedicated OB-GYN emergency room is currently at University Hospital on the 4th floor. It is completely separate from the general emergency room. When the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is completed, expected in 2023, the OB-GYN emergency room will be moved to the new tower. Watch the webcam for updates.
We offer comprehensive family planning services, including emergency contraception. We also offer free pregnancy testing.
Our physicians help women of all ages find the most effective method of contraception for their lifestyle. Your health care provider can describe the pros and cons of many types of contraception, including:
- Birth control pills
- Contraception injection
- Implantable birth control
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Tubal ligation (sterilization)