What is women’s health medicine?
Women’s health focuses on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the physical and emotional well-being of a woman. Women’s health encompasses a wide range of specialties and focus areas, including:
What health concerns are unique to women?
Issues relating to pregnancy, female reproductive organs, contraception, and menopause are unique to women’s health. Women should have mammograms to screen for breast cancer, PAP smears to screen for cervical cancer and HPV, and bone density screenings at regular intervals for early detection and treatment of problems.
What health problems affect women differently than men?
In addition to unique health concerns, women also have many of the same health problems as men — but they experience them differently. While both men and women can experience a heart attack, women are more likely to die after a heart attack than men.
Both men and women can get sexually transmitted diseases, but the symptoms and side effects are often more severe in women. Other health problems that affect women more often than men include depression, anxiety, osteoarthritis, and urinary tract problems.
What preventive care and screenings do women require?
Preventive care and screenings for women include:
AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta offers comprehensive women’s care including PAP smears, HPV testing, breast cancer screening and same day STD testing.
How often do women need PAP smears?
PAP smears to test for cervical cancer and HPV is recommended every three years. If cervical cancer is detected early, it is often curable. AllCare doctors may recommend more frequent testing if you test positive for HPV.
How often do women need mammograms?
Routine mammograms are currently recommended annually for women over the age of 45, although more evidence is emerging to support getting a mammogram every other year for women over the age of 55.
Is a gynecologist required to get birth control?
Family care providers can manage and advise women on several types of contraception. AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta doctors can prescribe birth control pills and Nuvaring for women. A referral to a gynecologist is made if you choose an IUD or implantable medication for birth control.
AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta doctors provide comprehensive women’s health and wellness care and are accepting new patients. Walk-in appointments are available six days a week, or you can reduce your time in the waiting room by using our online booking tool or by calling the office to schedule an appointment.