Health

Women’s Health Services

We practice a full range of services:

  • Gynecologic services
    • Physicals including pap smears, breast and pelvic exams
    • Family planning and contraception
    • Cancer screening
    • Visits such abnormal bleeding, painful periods, hormones, PCOS
  • Saliva Testing
    • Saliva Testing is used to measure specific hormones to identify imbalances and monitor levels during individualized hormone replacement therapies.

Top Ten Women’s Health Issues.

1. Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends patients have their blood pressure taken at least once each year starting at age 20

2. Breast Cancer

3. Cervical Cancer

4. Cholesterol

5. Colon & Rectal Cancer

6. Dental Health

7. Diabetes

8. Eye Health

9. Osteoporosis

10. Weight Issues

Breast Cancer

Recommendations from The American Cancer Society for women without breast cancer symptoms that may actually have breast cancer:

          • Women should get a mammogram every year once hitting the age of 40 and continue to do so every year to insure good health.
          • Mammograms are associated with many benefits such as finding cancer in its earliest stage. Sometimes mammograms do miss certain cancers in different situations, but it is rare.
          • Age shouldn’t be a sole reason to stop getting a mammogram yearly, but if you are suffering severe health problems then it is not recommended to get a mammogram. Some health problems that could potentially hold back a woman from getting her yearly mammogram would include congestive heart failure, chronic obstructed pulmonary disease, dementia and end-stage renal disease.
          • Women who are in their 20’s and 30’s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of their regular checkup with their doctor about every 3 years. Then when hitting 40 a women should have a CBE every year by an expert.
          • Sometimes having the CBE before the mammogram is beneficial. It gives her the chance to talk with her nurse or doctor about her breast and to talk about her family’s history when it comes to breast cancer.
          • Women who are in their 20’s are very unlikely to have breast cancer, but with age the chances do increase. Any symptoms or lumps should be reported to a health care professional right away.

Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer is easily treated if detected in time which is easily done through a regular pap smear. Cervical screening is used to uncover changed cells in the cervix that could lead to cancer. Cervical screening is quick and painless. Women must lie on the examination table where the skilled professional will use a speculum to open the vagina. This mechanism gives a lucid view of the cervix.

Who should have a screening & how frequent?

At age 21 women should start having a cervical cancer screening. Depending on your age and your health history will determine how often you should have a cervical screening. You can stop having a screening at age 65 if you do not have a history of cervical cancer in your family along with having at least three negative pap smears in a row. If your screening results are irregular another pap test will be taken, an HPV test, or a more in depth examination called a colposcopy biopsy.

Are screenings always accurate?

Just like with anything else screening results may not always be 100% accurate.  When cells are normal, but the screening shows the cells are irregular it is called a “false-positive” result. Vice versa, if cells are actually harmful and the screening shows they are normal we call this a “false-negative” result. To help put a stop to these “false-positive” and “false-negative” results avoid douching, sexual intercourse, and using vaginal hygiene products 2 days before your test. If it is your times of month, you should also avoid having your cervical cancer screening until it is over.

Cholesterol

The AHA suggests testing cholesterol levels every 4 to 6 years.

Dental Health


Regular dental checkups are a vital part of preventive health care. During your exam the dental hygienist and or dentist will clean your teeth, floss and check for any cavities or gum disease. A dental exam may also include x-rays and checking for any other oral abnormalities. The dentist or hygienist will more than likely discuss lifestyle factors, proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Diabetes

Screening for diabetes should start at age 45 and occur every three years.

Eye Health

Individuals may be clueless of eye and vision problems because there aren’t always signs or symptoms. In order to maintain superior vision, a yearly eye examination is needed.

Osteoporosis

This is a disease dealing with the bones. People who have osteoporosis have fragile bones that break effortlessly. Broken bones can have a negative impact on your daily life. Osteoporosis affects all bones in the body. Breaks are more common in the vertebrate, wrist, hip and spine. Signs of osteoporosis include, but are not limited to: bend in the back, height loss, back trouble, and hunched posture. There are many things that can increase your chance of getting osteoporosis. Some factors you can manage while some you cannot manage.

Factors you can’t manage:

                1. Getting older
                2. Menopause
                3. Having a thin slim body (127 pounds or lighter)
                4. Family history
                5. Your race
                6. Long term use of certain medicines that increase the likelihood you develop osteoporosis

Factors you can manage:

                1. Smoking
                2. Drinking too much alcohol
                3. A diet low in calcium
                4. Not getting enough exercise

 

How Can I Discover if I Have Weak Bones?

There are tests that can be performed to determine your bone density. One particular test that can be done is called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Talk with your doctor about different options and tests to determine what kind of bones you have. If you are 65 years old or older you should have tests done to figure out if you have osteoporosis. Bone density testing is recommend to those 65 years of age and older. If you have history in your family of osteoporosis you may want to consider having a bone density test done sooner.

How can I Prevent Weak Bones?

                1. Get enough calcium in your diet
                2. Get plenty of vitamin D each day
                3. Exercise
                4. Eat a healthy balanced diet
                5. Don’t smoke
                6. Drink alcohol in moderations
                7. Maintain a healthy weight
                8. Make changes in your home to live in a safe environment

Weight Health

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Gaining weight with age is a difficulty women are struggling with. And, at sooner ages than anticipated.

Menopause, hormones, not enough fiber, not eating enough, stress, sleep deprivation, depression, medications, and diseases or illnesses can be some of the causes of weight gain in woman.

Schedule an appointment to discuss your weight loss options with one our nurse practitioners.