The second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Armenia is cervical cancer. Regular cervical cancer screening (Pap test) was not widely available in Armenia prior to 2001. The Armenian-American Wellness Center was the first to introduce this new method to improve and detect cervical cancer at an early stage and provide more effective and high-quality treatment for precancerous diseases and cervical cancer.
To date, 110,707 women have been screened at this department. Cervical cancer has been detected in 203 women. 557 patients with the cervical pre-cancerous diagnosis have received appropriate treatment at the AAWC preventing cervical cancer.
The following preventive services are provided at the Gynecology Department:
- Pap-smear test (early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cervical precancerous and benign lesions)
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Screening
- Infertility treatment
- Endometrial Biopsy
- Transvaginal Ultrasound
- Colonoscopy Exam
- Family Planning
- Menopause Counseling
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)
LEEP is performed for the treatment of cervical precancerous and benign lesions. This method, performed only by the Center’s gynecologists, is exceptional in Armenia.
LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. It’s a treatment that prevents cervical cancer. A small electrical wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from the cervix. This method allows women to deliver themselves, which means the woman's reproductive function is not affected.
Leep is a harmless method that does not require hospitalization or general anesthesia. Within a month after the procedure, the cervix is completely restored.
“Miracle babies”- Infertility Treatment
The initial goal for the creation of the gynecological department was to perform general gynecological examinations and Pap smear tests. Nevertheless, more and more women began coming to the Wellness Center with infertility issues. The Center’s staff began treating infertility, approaching the problem with a perspective shaped largely by the training they received under the guidance of Dr. Emma Zargarian of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
As a result of trained medical staff in conjunction with the latest technology, the Center has been instrumental in the birth of 215 “Miracle Babies” born to couples who had lost hope as they struggled with infertility for 4-12 years.