HPV (human papillomavirus) is a family of viruses that can cause genital warts. Dr. Bardowell uses advanced testing to diagnose HPV, as well as state-of-the-art treatments to minimize symptoms and help women enjoy optimal health and wellness.
HPV is the most common STD in the U.S., affecting almost every sexually-active adult at some point in time. There are actually more than three dozen types of HPV, and while some clear up on their own – which means you probably won't even know you're infected – other types can cause genital warts or increase the likelihood of cervical cancer. HPV can also cause symptoms to develop in the mouth and throat.
No, HPV and herpes are two different types of viruses, and each requires a specific type of treatment.
Other than total abstinence, the best way to prevent the type of HPV that causes genital warts and cancer is to be vaccinated before you become sexually active.
No, currently there is no cure for HPV; however, there are treatments available that can help reduce or manage symptoms. First of all, when HPV is present and does not clear on its own, Dr. Bardowell may recommend frequent pelvic exams to monitor for abnormal changes that could indicate cervical cancer. For genital warts, Dr. Bardowell offers different minimally-invasive procedures to remove warts and reduce the chances of transmission. Some of those procedures include cryosurgery or electrocautery, loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), or laser treatments. Dr. Bardowell will discuss your treatment options with you during your exam.
HPV is detected during a Pap smear. If the virus is detected, a small sample of tissue (biopsy) can be taken and examined in a lab to identify the type of HPV that's present. Biopsies are performed in the office during a very simple procedure that's similar to a regular pelvic exam and Pap smear.
We accept most PPO plans, including the following insurance for both current and new patients. Please contact your insurance plan for specific coverage information by calling the telephone number listed on your insurance identification card.
"Dr. Bardowell and his staff have been an amazing choice for me, I'm now 30 weeks pregnant and I would highly recommend Dr. Bardowell to anyone who's expecting."
"Dr. Bardowell is an amazing OB! He has been my doctor with both of my pregnancies and has just been the best!"
"Dr. Bardowell is kind, makes you feel comfortable and is great at answering any and all questions you may have."
"I am so grateful to Dr. Bardowell for giving me such a wonderful experience. I will definitely be returning to him for future pregnancies."
"Dr. Bardowell is absolutely amazing. I have been seeing him since my first child in 2008 and am now on my third child and going to deliver in 5 days."
"Best doctor! I just delivered on 1/13/2015 and couldn't ask for anyone else to deliver my precious baby! He is very patient, caring and understanding."
"I cannot say enough about how wonderful this Doctor is and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking an OB/GYN."
His visitations are extremely reasonable, he has a big heart , he's there to help you but not to get your money, in my opinion he is a SUPER DOCTOR."
"His bedside manner illustrates a love for his practice, and a deep understanding of the complex human emotions that come hand-in-hand with carrying a pregnancy."