Restorative Reproductive Healthcare
Supporting the natural function of a woman's body at any age and any stage of her of her reproductive life.
General Gynecologic Care
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia provides general gynecologic care to women at all ages and stages of reproductive life. Whether you have a specific health concern, or just need routine treatment, the Gianna Center is here to provide pelvic exams, Pap tests, cancer screenings, std testing, and treatment for vaginal infections. Our highly trained and compassionate staff provide support for patients dealing with cycle irregularity, intimacy problems, infertility, hormone replacement therapy, menopausal and post-menopausal care. A unique service provided is that of progesterone therapy for women at risk of miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Know Your Fertility!
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System [CrMS] treats fertility as an integral part of women's health, not a disease. It is based on the daily observation and charting of biological markers. By revealing subtle variations in each woman's fertility cycle, this charting enables Gianna Center medical professionals to identify underlying problems at the root of irregular symptoms, and then work to correct those conditions without the use of contraceptives. Most powerfully, FertilityCare charting can alert a woman and her doctor to underlying problems or conditions before they manifest as infertility or pregnancy loss.
Reproductive health issues which can be addressed this way include:
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology
Building on the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology is a bridge between natural family planning and gynecologic healthcare. NaProTechnology works cooperatively with a woman's body to sustain rather than subvert the patient's procreative potential.
This is a true method of family planning that can be used to achieve as well as to avoid pregnancy. When used to postpone pregnancy, it is 96.8% effective. When the couple is ready to conceive, they simply choose to use the most fertile days for intercourse. Used in this way, 98% of couples with normal fertility will conceive in 4 to 6 months.*
Unlike prescription birth control, CrMS has no negative side effects, and can be used throughout a woman's reproductive life. It is safe and effective for women in any reproductive category including women with irregular cycles, those with abnormal bleeding patterns, or women who are breastfeeding.
The Gianna Center's NaPro Certified medical team works with women and couples to determine the underlying cause of their fertility problems in order to restore normal physiologic function. The precision of FertilityCare charting allows NaPro doctors to identify infertility problems within six months of beginning to use the system to achieve pregnancy. Once a problem has been identified, NaProTechnology offers a highly reliable, ethical alternative to the mainstream medical establishment's approach to infertility. At a fraction of the personal and out of pocket costs of IVF, NaProTechnology achieves higher success rates as measured in healthy, full-term babies. Based on 40 years of scientific research, these results are achieved with respect for the sacredness of life, the dignity of women, and the sacramental integrity of marriage.
* Hilgers, TW, Daly, KD, Prebil, AM and Hilgers, SK, "Cumulative Pregnancy Rates in Patients with Apparently Normal Fertility and Fertility-Focused Intercourse." J. Reproductive Medicine 37. 864, 1992