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Benign Gynecology Program

The Benign Gynecology Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology delivers compassionate, expert care for the full range of gynecologic issues.

Our Approach Our clinicians are renowned for their expertise in providing treatments and therapies for contraceptive management, preconception counseling, fertility concerns and the complete spectrum of other gynecologic issues.

Multidisciplinary, Individualized Care

A hallmark of our service is our multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Our patients often present with symptoms that transcend gynecology. In these cases, we work with specialists in different fields throughout Mass General to make the correct diagnosis and administer treatment. As a result, we can address all aspects of each patient's well-being.

What to Expect

We assign each patient a clinical care team that includes a physician, medical assistant, nurse and administrative assistant. Reflecting our service's vision—"world-class care with a personal touch"—this team approach allows us to offer close, individualized attention and maintain a supportive atmosphere. Our goal is to treat each patient just as we'd want a family member to be treated: With dignity and respect.

At your initial consultation, your assigned nurse goes over your medical history along with a questionnaire that you fill out prior to the visit. Your physician then meets with you to discuss your treatment goals and concerns and to perform a physical examination. Many patients leave the appointment with their personalized treatment plan. Some patients undergo further testing as a next step.

Leadership on Multiple Levels

Reaching out to underserved communities is a key component of our service's mission. Many of our physicians spend time at Mass General community health care centers in Charlestown, Chelsea and/or Revere. Community outreach allows us to deliver high-quality, culturally appropriate care to these heterogeneous populations.

Education—another element of our mission—takes two main forms:

  • A Harvard-affiliated academic teaching hospital, we are dedicated to training the next generation of health care professionals
  • Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as other clinicians in our program are active in educating the general public and the greater medical community about women's health issues

About This Program A tertiary referral center with a robust community outreach component, clinicians in the Benign Gynecology Program treat conditions ranging from basic to the most complicated gynecologic issues, including:

A Range of Nonsurgical & Surgical Treatments

Our staff is renowned for their expertise in providing treatments and therapies for contraceptive management, preconception counseling, fertility concerns and the complete spectrum of other gynecologic issues. Patients can receive all nonsurgical treatments within our self-contained unit at the Yawkey Building for Outpatient Care. View a map

When surgery is required, we try to employ minimally invasive techniques that aid healing and speed recovery. Among the leading-edge procedures we perform and are continually refining:

  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus with a laparoscope
  • Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus sparing the cervix
  • Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus through the vagina
  • Laparoscopic adnexal surgery: Surgical evaluation of adnexal pathology
  • Laparoscopic myomectomy: Surgical removal of uterine fibroids
  • Hysteroscopy, hysteroscopic tubal ligation (Essure®), global endometrial ablation (NovaSure®) and other innovative surgical techniques (e.g. hysteroscopic polypectomy and myomectomy)

A Record of Clinical Excellence

Our Benign Gynecology Program is a single-practice model, which promotes continuity of care with your own physician in both obstetrics and gynecology, providing 24 hour a day coverage. We have a uniform treatment approach that ensures adherence to the highest standards of clinical care and incorporates state of the art medical and surgical treatment options.

Leading the Division of Benign Gynecology and Obstetrics at Mass General is Dr. Carey York-Best, Division Chief and Associate Division Directors, Drs. Lori Berkowitz and Alessandra Peccei. Our division serves patients on both the main MGH campus in Boston as well as at Mass General West in Waltham . Dr Jennifer Kickham is the Medical Director of Yawkey 4 Gynecology and Dr Lisa Baute is the Medical Director of Yawkey 4 Obstetrics, both on the main campus. Dr Rebecca Kolp serves as Medical Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MG West. Dr Alessandra Peccei heads our OB/Gyn practices at the MGH Healthcare Centers in Chelsea, Revere and Charlestown.

Our physician staff includes 25 obstetricians/gynecologists whose collective expertise spans a variety of niches across benign gynecology and obstetrics, including family planning, adolescent gynecology, vulvar care and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery for fibroids and endometriosis as well as lactation medicine and obstetrical laceration care.

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has earned a far-reaching reputation for clinical excellence and research innovations that are shaping the field of women's health. In fact, every year since 1991, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mass General among the country's top women's health care providers. Mass General Ob/Gyn providers are often named among the best physicians in Boston by Boston Magazine.

The links below provide more information about conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by absent menstrual periods for more than three monthly menstrual cycles.

Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)

Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a yeast infection, is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes.

Cervical Cancer

If abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix spread deeper into the cervix, or to other tissues or organs, the disease is then called cervical cancer, or invasive cervical cancer.

Cervicitis

A painful irritation of the cervix, cervicitis often lasts several months or longer, sometimes occurring after childbirth or use of oral contraceptives.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis.

Cystocele (Fallen Bladder)

Cystocele is the name for a hernia-like disorder in women that occurs when the wall between the bladder and the vagina weakens, causing the bladder to drop or sag into the vagina.

Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain associated with menstruation.

Endometrial Cancer

Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Endometrioid cancer is a specific type of endometrial cancer.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition involving abnormal buildup of tissue, often causing pain or infertility.

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Generalized breast lumpiness is known by names such as "fibrocystic disease" and "fibroid breasts." Doctors now believe these are just part of the normal breast changes many women undergo throughout the various stages of their lives.

Infertility

Infertility is defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Caused by a certain type of bacteria, pelvic inflammatory disease results in pelvic pain and the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy (a fertilized egg becoming implanted outside the uterus).

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain may originate in genital or extragenital organs in and around the pelvis, or it may be psychological, which can make pain feel worse or actually cause a sensation of pain, when no physical problem is present.

Perimenopause

Perimenopause refers to the transitional period of time before menstruation actually stops, which is marked by changes in the menstrual cycle, along with other physical and emotional symptoms.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves two of the following: lack of ovulation for an extended period of time, high levels of male hormones or small ovarian cysts.

Pregnancy

A pregnancy is divided into three phases, called trimesters. Each trimester has its own significant milestones.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Most women experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases transmitted through sexual contact.

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections describe a health problem that results from a bacterial infection along the urinary tract.

Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system.

Vaginitis

Vaginitis refers to any inflammation or infection of the vagina.

Vulvitis

Vulvitis is simply an inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina.

Benign Gynecology Program

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
32 Fruit Street
Suite 4E
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-6850
Fax: 617-724-5843


Other LocationsMass General West
40 Second Avenue
Suite 400

Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-3860
Fax: 781-487-3870

Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150

Phone: 617-889-8561
Fax: 617-887-3708

Revere HealthCare Center

300 Ocean Avenue
Revere, MA 02151

Phone: 781-485-6450
Fax: 781-485-6391

Charlestown HealthCare Center

73 High Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617-724-8208
Fax: 617-724-8149

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