Women’s health encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being and is essential to overall health. It also involves preventive measures, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions specific to women, such as menstrual disorders, pregnancy, menopause, breast and gynecological cancers, and osteoporosis. The Comprehensive Care Clinic team understands that you have unique health needs, and that is why they provide personalized women’s health Spring services.
- Pap smears
A Pap smear is a diagnostic procedure for cervical cancer in women. It involves collecting cells from your cervix and analyzing them under a microscope to check for abnormal cells that could indicate the presence of cancer. The Comprehensive Care Clinic team performs Pap smears as part of routine gynecological care and is recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 21.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) testing is designed to detect the presence of HPV in a woman’s body. Medical experts recommend this test for women between 30-65 years. HPV is a common virus that affects most sexually active individuals at some point in their lives. It can cause genital warts and several cancers, including cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal. This is why regular you need HPV testing, especially if you are sexually active.
During the testing process, your healthcare provider will take a tissue sample from your cervix and transfer it to a laboratory for analysis. This testing is a quick, painless, and non-invasive procedure that is an important part of a comprehensive women’s health program. Regular testing helps you stay informed about your sexual health, detect the presence of HPV, and take necessary steps to prevent cancer development.
- Thyroid screening
Thyroid screening helps diagnose and monitor the function of the thyroid gland. A malfunctioning thyroid can cause several health problems, including weight gain, fatigue, depression, and infertility. Thyroid screening typically involves a simple blood test that measures the levels of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and T4 (thyroxine). Thyroid screening is recommended for all women, especially those over 50, as the risk of developing thyroid disorders increases with age. Pregnant women and those with a family history of thyroid problems are also advised to undergo regular thyroid screening.
What to expect during a women’s health visit
During a women’s health visit, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health and well-being. The visit will start with a discussion of your medical history and current symptoms, as well as a physical examination that may include a breast exam, pelvic exam, and Pap smear. Your healthcare provider may also discuss any concerns you may have about your menstrual cycle, contraception, sexual health, or menopause, as well as any other health issues.
The team may also conduct laboratory tests or imaging scans to diagnose or monitor medical conditions. After the examination, they will provide personalized recommendations for maintaining your health and managing any existing disorders.
Overall, the women’s health visit aims to provide you with the care and support you need to achieve optimal physical, emotional, and sexual health. Call the Comprehensive Care Clinic or schedule an appointment online for more information.