Services Provided at the Clinic of Dr. Gail Jackson

Dr. Gail Jackson is a skilled physician that loves to listen, and she endeavors to provide patients with the most current options for treatment. All of her treatment modalities utilize a traditional, holistic, and nutritional approach to ensure the patient’s optimum wellness. She is available to handle all of her patient’s office gynecological needs, and she offers patients extensive non-surgical options. She will gently handle each patient’s issues and offer them nutritional supplements to aid in their return to wellness. Dr. Jackson works extensively with integrative and homeopathic specialists to focus on the prevention of illness. While patients consider the appropriate treatment methods for them, Dr. Jackson seeks to educate patients throughout Santa Monica and Los Angeles County and works with them as a team. Collaboration with Dr. Jackson while utilizing a team approach, utilizes many different healing modalities. Patient wellness is Dr. Jackson’s mission.

Some of the services Dr. Jackson provides at her Santa Monica clinic include:

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormones are identical in chemical and molecular structure and function to the hormones produced in the human body, and they are usually produced from soy or yam products. In women, perimeopause and menopause are the times when hormones decline the most, and using Bioidentical Hormones to restore hormones to healthy levels can reduce the symptoms of hormone decline without producing unpleasant side effects. Many people have been able to enjoy increased libido, sexual function, muscle tone, energy, strength, endurance, cognition, and motivation after using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to balance their hormones.

Celebrity Fit Diet

This diet is one of the most well kept secrets by celebrities and athletes. Dr. Jackson can give patients a very low calorie diet that reduces hunger. This form of medical weight loss offers a pharmaceutical that works to cause the body to think it is pregnant. The very low calorie diet in combination with the drug triggers the body to break down fat because it thinks it must feed a growing fetus. Patients can then turbo charge their weight loss process by adding a second pharmaceutical, which is an injectable appetite suppressant and metabolism booster. Patients can then melt away stubborn fat for good. Average weight loss is six to nine pounds during the first week, with an average weight loss of thirty pounds in one month. Patients can easily fit into their dresses or bathing suits shortly after beginning the diet.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a system that works with the body’s inner pathways to create balance and harmonize different organ systems. This medical modality can work in conjunction with Bioidentical Hormones to help women reduce the effects of PMS, perimenopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, menopause, and infertility. It also can help men to reduce the effects of andropause, male hormone decline, low libido, sexual dysfunction, and muscle atrophy. Many women and men have used acupuncture to reduce pain syndromes and the symptoms associated with aging, and when it is combined with Bioidentical Hormones, most women and men can fully recover from age related symptoms.

HCG Diet Therapy

While hormone decline is often the culprit for weight gain, other factors such as metabolic issues, poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress can lead to obesity. The HCG Diet can help men and women to overcome obesity, despite the cause that lead to their obesity. This therapy involves the use of Human Chorionic Gonadoptropin, which is a hormone that women produce during pregnancy. This hormone taps into locked away fat stores to help a fetus obtain the nutrients it needs if the mother cannot take in enough nutrition from food, and in a person that is not pregnant, it works the same way. The HCG causes the body to break down fat for fuel when a person stays on a low calorie diet, which propels rapid weight loss.

Lab Testing

The clinic offers several lab tests, including tests that help patients determine if they have deficient hormone levels. Upon determining hormone levels, a physician can prescribe a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program to replace deficient estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, cortisol, Human Growth Hormone, or Thyroid Hormone.

Annual Gynecological Exams

Annual gynecological visits are important for female health, and a gynecologist can help women determine latent hormonal imbalances and help women understand which imbalances are responsible for their health challenges. Women going through their reproductive years may be struggling with conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Infertility, PMS, dysmenorrhea, or amenorrhea. Hormonal imbalances may be at the root of these issues, and these imbalances can be corrected with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. In aging women that are experiencing perimenopause and menopause, fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone may be causing symptoms that can be easily corrected with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. A gynecologist can help women determine if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the correct treatment method for their health concerns.

Anti-­Aging

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce the signs and symptoms of aging, and it is one of the primary therapies used in anti-aging medicine. Physicians agree that the signs and symptoms of aging often occur due to hormonal loss, and as women and men age, the body becomes unable to produce an adequate amount of hormones. Because hormones control a wide number of functions, restoring them to normal levels can help to improve energy, sexual function, hair growth, metabolism, and emotions. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has helped numerous men and women improve their overall quality of life and battle the effects of aging.

Colposcopy

This is a procedure done in the office, and it involves the cervix being closely evaluated using a magnifying instrument. In addition, a vinegar solution is applied to the cervix. This solution allows any abnormal or suspicious area to be better seen. If any abnormal or suspicious areas are seen, these areas can be sampled. The small sample is performed after an anesthetic solution or numbing medicine is applied to the cervix. The sample is then sent to the laboratory. The entire in-office procedure takes less than twenty minutes. After the procedure, patients can return to work or continue their daily activities. However, for two weeks after the procedure, it is very important that patients do not douche, use tampons, insert anything into the vagina, or have sexual intercourse. Avoiding these activities encourages healing and prevents infection. Also, after the procedure, it is perfectly normal to notice a yellowish-brown discharge, spotting, or a light period for up to one week. Again, an abnormal pap smear does not mean that cervical cancer is present; it just requires further evaluation and closer follow-up.

Endometrial Ablation

About one in four women experience abnormal uterine bleeding, such as prolonged or heavy bleeding during menstrual periods at some point during their lives. Some women may have been told that they need a hysterectomy to stop the bleeding. For women that would rather avoid a hysterectomy, endometrial ablation may be a favorable treatment option.

Endometrial ablation is a procedure during which energy is used to destroy a thin layer of the uterine lining. The goal is to have menstruation returned to normal levels or better. For some women, menstruation is eliminated completely; although, many women will continue to have regular periods. For many women it is an effective alternative to hysterectomy.

Women may be candidates for Endometrial Ablation if:

• Daily activities must be limited due to bleeding
• The bleeding is causing women to become anemic & fatigued
• Hormone therapy to control the bleeding has not worked

Although it is dangerous for both the mother and fetus, it is still possible to have children after endometrial ablation. Although pregnancy rarely occurs after the procedure, there is a small chance that it may, so women must use a reliable form of contraception.

Endometrial Biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is a way for the doctor to take a small sample of the lining of the uterus. The sample is looked at under a microscope for abnormal cells. An endometrial biopsy helps the doctor find problems in the endometrium. The lining of the uterus changes throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. Early in the menstrual cycle, the lining grows thicker until a mature egg is released from the ovary, which is ovulation. If the egg is not fertilized with sperm, the lining is shed during normal menstrual bleeding.

Endometrial biopsies are done to check for abnormal cells. For example, an endometrial biopsy is done to help determine the cause of a Pap test result showing glandular cell changes. Glandular cells are a type of cell found in the cervix and the endometrium. It is also done to find the cause of heavy, prolonged, or irregular uterine bleeding, especially in women that have gone through menopause.

Methods For An Endometrial Biopsy

One of the methods the doctor can utilize is to use a soft, straw-like device to suction a small sample of lining from the uterus. This method is fast and not very painful. An endometrial biopsy may also be done to find the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding and to check for overgrowth of the lining or endometrial hyperplasia. An endometrial biopsy is sometimes done at the same time as another test, called hysteroscopy, which allows the doctor to look through a small-lighted tube at the lining of the uterus.

The Procedure

The cervix may be numbed with a gel of local anesthetic, and patients will need to take off their clothes below the waist. Women will be given a covering drape for around their waist, and they will then lie on their backs on an examination table with their feet raised and supported by foot rests. The doctor will put an instrument with smooth, curved blades into the vagina, and the speculum gently spreads apart the vaginal walls so the doctor can see inside the vagina and the cervix. The tool to collect the sample is guided through the cervix into the uterus. The tool may be moved up and down to collect the sample. Most women have some cramping during the biopsy. An endometrial biopsy takes 5 minutes. The specimen is submitted to the lab to be evaluated by a pathologist.

Women may feel a sharp cramp as the tool is guided through their cervix, and they may feel more cramping when the biopsy sample is collected. Most women find that the cramping feels like a really bad menstrual cramp. An endometrial biopsy usually causes some vaginal bleeding, and women can use a pad for the bleeding or spotting.

There is a small chance that the cervix or uterus could be punctured during the biopsy. Bleeding or a pelvic infection is also possible. After the test, women may feel some soreness in their vagina for a day or two. Some vaginal bleeding or discharge is normal for up to a week after a biopsy. Women can use a sanitary pad for the bleeding, but they should not have sex or use tampons for one week after the test. They should also avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for one day after the biopsy. Douching is not recommended. Patients need to follow any instructions the doctor gave them, and they should call the doctor if they have heavy vaginal bleeding, a fever, belly pain, and bad smelling vaginal discharge. The doctor will call in a one to two week period after the results arrive.

Dr. Gail Jackson has helped many patients in Santa Monica to regain optimal levels of health and improve their levels of health and wellness. Her practice is centered on helping patients obtain their health related goals with specialized wellness services. Contact the Dr. Gail Jackson today in Santa Monica, CA to make and appointment and learn about treatment options!