What is women’s health?
Women’s health involves prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of health conditions specific to women, such as:
Because females have unique health care needs, women’s health exams and treatments are tailored just for women.
What should I expect during a women’s health exam?
During a women’s health exam at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville, your provider checks your weight, pulse, and blood pressure, and reviews your medical history. They also complete a head-to-toe exam, including a pelvic exam to ensure female organs are healthy and functioning properly. Your provider may recommend the following screening tests to rule out or treat health problems.
A Pap test, or Pap smear, allows your provider to check for signs of cervical cancer. During the test, they insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina to hold it open, scrape off cells from your cervix, and send them to a lab for analysis.
Which treatment might I require?
You may or may not require treatment after your women’s health exam, depending on how the exam goes and the results of lab or diagnostic imaging tests. If your doctor recommends treatment, you might require:
Taking certain medications can control or prevent chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and high cholesterol. Oral contraceptives help prevent pregnancy if you’re sexually active but don’t want to have a baby.
If you test positive for an STD, medications might help treat it. Infertility medications increase your chance of getting pregnant in the future.
Hormone therapy can improve an imbalance in women, reduce symptoms of menopause, treat hypothyroidism, give you a boost of energy, and improve your mood.
Making healthy lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, manage a disease if you have one, or increase your chance of becoming pregnant. Eat nutritious foods, lose weight if needed, and exercise regularly. Take a dietary supplement to prevent nutrition deficiencies, especially if you’re planning to become pregnant.
If you’re overweight and struggle with weight loss, AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville offers a medical weight loss program that helps you reach a healthy weight, and lower your risk of diabetes and other serious medical conditions.
If you have a medical condition that requires care from a specialist or you need gynecological surgery to treat a women’s health condition, your primary care provider refers you to a qualified specialist in your area.
Call to schedule your next women’s health exam at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville today or book an appointment online.