The Institute for Women's Health

Welcome to the Institute For Women’s Health (IFWH)! Thank you for visiting my profile. In addition to being a founder of IFWH, I am a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I have more than 40 years of experience working with women through all their stages in life. Currently, I only practice gynecology and my focus is centered on menopause management, preventive services and minimally invasive surgeries among other services. I completed an internship at Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and residency training at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I am a member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopy, the Texas Medical Association, the Bexar County Medical Society and the Board of Directors of the Methodist Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Mind-body connection is very important and in my practice I use conventional medicine with a holistic approach. I believe patients should be given all necessary information with all options to allow them to make the best decision possible on their health care. I will be happy to advise you on any of your healthcare needs ranging from regular annual exams to menopause management and more complex health concerns. As a gynecologist, my philosophy is to always listen to the patient with all the concerns they might have. I take pride in getting to know each of my patients individually. As your GYN, I vow to provide the best and most personalized care possible.

For a lifetime of good health and wellness, schedule your visit and stay connected with me as problems arise.

I hope you enjoy our website and would appreciate both your feedback and your sharing our site with friends and family members. Thank you for putting your trust in me. I look forward to your visit.

Dr. Carlos Cardenas

Services:

New Integrative Gynecology Service

  • Perimenopause & menopausal hormone issues
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy – offering topical creams, sublingual tablets, and oral tablets
  • Fatigue Symptoms
  • Complete annual exam which includes: Pap smear plus all lab tests. Checks for diabetes, thyroid, hormone level, anemia, adrenal fatigue, and Vitamin deficiencies
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vulvodynia (vulvar pain)
  • Skyla (IUD) – contraceptive for 3 year pregnancy prevention
  • Mirena (IUD) – contraceptive for 5 year pregnancy prevention
  • Paragard (IUD) – contraceptive for 10 year pregnancy prevention
  • Cosmetic Hysterectomy

Tests & Diagnostic Tests

  • STD Screening Tests
  • Bone loss without usage of traditional bisphosphonate therapy
  • Medical treatments for abnormal bleeding & uterine fibroids

Additional Services

  • 2nd Opinion for diagnosis and treatment of gynecological conditions
  • Clinical Trials
  • Referral from other physicians for abnormal pap smear

Minimally Invasive Procedure

  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparascopic Hysterectomy
  • Laparascopy Diagnostic
  • Laparascopic Tubal Ligation
  • Operative Laparascopy (for endometriosis & adhesion & removal of ovarian cysts)
  • Operative Hysteroscopy (myomectomy)
  • Endometrial Ablation
  • Essure Tubal Ligation
  • Colposcopy

Prevention

  • Breast Cancer
  • Monthly Self Breast Examination
  • Annual Pap smear
  • Mammography
  • LEEP
  • Vaccines (ie. HPV – Flu)
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)

Surgical Procedures

  • Hysterectomy
  • Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Removal of Tube and Ovaries
  • Vaginal Reconstruction
  • Pelvic Reconstruction
  • Cystoscopy

Office Hours