Women's Health Care

Adolescent Gynecological Exams

Gynecological exams are valuable to adolescents in many ways. It is important for young women to be assessed early, especially if they are sexually active, and to begin a relationship with a doctor that may guide them through many important times in their life. Our doctors promise special care and confidentiality to their younger patients.

A typical adolescent exam includes a consultation, a full medical assessment and a minimally invasive exam depending on the specific patient. Annual pelvic exams and pap smears are recommended for all women over the age of 18, but younger patients may receive a modified exam. If the patient is not sexually active, a pelvic exam may not be required. Since a gynecological exam may be overwhelming for a teenager, our doctors make sure to carefully and thoroughly explain the exam process and answer any questions the patient may have. They also answer any concerns the patient may have about their bodies as they enter adulthood. Our doctors are extra sensitive with their younger patients and work hard to develop a trust and begin a hopefully long lasting relationship.


Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is a major and serious disease that unfortunately affects a large number of women each year. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women and affects one in every eight women in the United States. While the exact cause of breast cancer is not known, there are many steps you can take now to help prevent the disease, including regular testing to ensure early detection of abnormalities.

Screening for breast cancer can be done by the patient at home and during regular doctor's visits. A breast self-exam should be performed every month to identify any changes or abnormalities. You should look and feel around your entire breast for any signs of a lump, swelling, irritation or pain. Any of these symptoms or other abnormalities should be discussed with your doctor immediately. It is recommended to perform monthly breast exams when you reach age 20. You should also schedule a breast exam with your doctor every 3 years. Women over 40 should have a clinical exam and mammogram every year. Talk to your doctor about how you can screen and prevent breast cancer.


Cervical Cancer and HPV Screening

Cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) are serious diseases that affect many women each year. There are more than 100 types of HPV and many of them can be sexually transmitted. Some of these viruses eventually lead to cervical cancer. It is important to regularly test for these diseases to ensure early detection and treatment.

depending on their age, women over the age of 21 usually have Pap smears every 1-3 years during a regular gynecological exam. The Pap smear detects cell changes or abnormalities which can lead to cervical cancer. Regular tests help monitor these changes and identify them as soon as they occur. Women over 30 can now request an HPV DNA test as well to coincide with their Pap smear. The HPV test can detect 13 HPVs that have a high risk of leading to cervical cancer. HPV infections have a higher risk of developing into cervical cancer for women over 30, even though infections occur more often in younger women.

Even though some HPVs go away with time and do not cause long term damage, it is important to undergo regular screening for infections and detections of cervical cancer. Talk to your doctor today about how to protect yourself.


Contraceptive Counseling

Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a women's daily life. Talking with your doctor about which method is right for you is essential to successful protection for you and your partner. At Women Care, we will provide you with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Birth control methods have many different variable factors including frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness. It is important to take into consideration your life, age, health and previous experiences. The decision is ultimately yours, but using our knowledge and experience can help you make the right choice.


Nexplanon® Insertion and Removal

Choosing a method of birth control is an important decision many women must make each day. Implantation devices offer long-term, hassle-free protection that is appealing to many. While there are several different types of devices available today, Nexplanon is the first and only single-rod implantable device. It is effective for up to 3 years and over 99% effective.

A doctor will implant Nexplanon under the skin on the inside of the upper arm. Insertion is performed quickly through a minor in-office procedure. To remove Nexplanon, a tiny incision is made in the arm and pushing on the other end will pop the rod out. The insertion and removal of Nexplanon requires extreme precision and must be administered by a professional. The implant can be removed at any time, but will remain effective for three years.

Please visit www.nexplanon.com for more information.

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