Susan Block
Susan Block, M.D.

Susan Block, M.D.

Susan Block, M.D.
Specialty

Gynecology

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Abnormal Pap Smears, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (Laparoscopic), Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (Robotic), Cervical Polyps, Cervix Dysplasia, Colposcopy, da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery), DES Daughters, Dilatation & Curettage (D & C), Endometrial Ablation, Endometrial Bx & Aspiration, Endometriosis, Family Planning, Fibroids, Gynecological Surgery, Gynecological Surgery (Robotic), Gynecology, Hysterectomy, Hysterectomy (Laparascopic Supracervical), Hysterectomy (Robotic), Hysterectomy Total (Laparascopic), Hysterectomy Vaginal (Laparoscopic-assisted), Hysteroscopic Ablation, Hysteroscopic Adhesiolysis, Hysteroscopy, Irregular Periods, IUD Insertion, Menopause, Menorraghia, Menstrual Disorders, Myomectomy (Hysteroscopic), Myomectomy (Laparascopic), Myomectomy (Robotic), Ovarian Cyst Removal, Pelvic Exams, Pelvic Floor Problems, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Prolapse, Pelvic Relaxation Surgery, Pelvic Support Problems, Pelvic Surgery, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Vaginal Hysterectomy, Vaginal Surgery, Vulvar Disease, Women's Health

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

Medicare, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check

Insurance Accepted:

Contact this office for accepted insurance plans.

Additional Information:

• American Medical Association • Washington State Obstetrics Association • King County Medical Association • Seattle Gynecology Society


Dr. Block was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2012).

A survey was mailed to more than 18,000 physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

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Philosophy of Care

You deserve the best; I am here to help

Personal Interests

Reading, exercise, skiing, travel

Medical School

University of Southern California

Residency

UCLA Harbor Medical Center

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology State of Washington Medical License

Languages:

English, Spanish

Professional Associations:

American College of OB/GYN; Washington State Medical Association; King County Medical Association; Seattle Gynecology Society

Additional Information:

• American Medical Association • Washington State Obstetrics Association • King County Medical Association • Seattle Gynecology Society


Dr. Block was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2012).

A survey was mailed to more than 18,000 physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

News Release

 

When should I have my first pelvic exam?

A good time to schedule a visit with a gynecologist (or women’s health specialist) is when you first have problems or concerns with menstrual periods, including premenstrual moods, acne around menses, vaginal discharge or any other cyclic discomfort. That appointment will involve a conversation about what is bothering you and may include a pelvic exam or may not.  Likely the doctor will ask you questions and together you will decide whether or not an exam is necessary.

Around age 13, even if you feel fine and are just wondering when you should come in for a routine exam, is a good time to schedule an appointment to discuss your female health, contraception and screening for sexually transmitted infection.  Vaccinations may be recommended if you have not already received routine immunizations. Some of the things that may be discussed include your health history, family health history, your habits with regard to diet and exercise, smoking or any drug use and sexual activities.  Some of these topics are things you may find difficult to discuss with friends and family.  In the gynecologists office we talk about those things all of the time!  Often we give you pamphlets or point to online resources for you.  The conversation is confidential and it is okay for you to remind the health care provider that you wish it to remain confidential. 

What is a pelvic exam and why might I need one?

A pelvic exam is ...

Hormone therapy

Symptoms associated with menopause have been treated with estrogen and progesterone for many years. When I went into private practice in 1986, we had been taught that hormones given to postmenopausal women were protective. We prescribed them widely, like they were vitamins. If menses stopped, the next thing to do was to take hormone replacement therapy. We asked patients to let us know when their menses stopped so that we could administer hormone therapy promptly.

Today we have concerns about hormone therapy. The Women’s Health Initiative was a large study that collected data on the incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer and bone fracture in women taking hormones as compared with women who did not take hormones in menopause. In 2002, a large portion of the study was discontinued because it appeared that women taking estrogen and progesterone were at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and breast cancer.

In 2002 many women went off of hormone therapy and many physicians stopped prescribing it. In the months that followed, many women found that they had symptoms of menopause that interfered with their lives. The consumer media began reporting on natural and bio-identical hormones. Claims surfaced of superior safety.

What are natural hormones?

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Nordstrom Tower
1229 Madison St., Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98104
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