Women's health is an important topic because women are presented with unique health issues. Some health issues that affect women and men can actually affect women differently.
What does women’s health entail?
Women’s health is an important topic because women are presented with unique health issues. Some health issues that affect women and men can actually affect women differently. For example:
- Women are more likely to show signs of anxiety and depressions than men
- Women are more likely to get urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Women are more likely to pass away following a heart attack
- Osteoporosis and arthritis is know to affect women more than men
- The effects of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be more serious among women than men
The most common medical concerns for women include menopause, pregnancy and conditions of the female organs. For a healthy pregnancy, early and regular prenatal care are extremely important. Screenings for breast cancer and cervical cancer are recommended, as are bone density tests for osteoporosis.
Gynecologic care and Pap smears
Routine gynecologic care can help to detect cancer and other medical conditions early on, before they become larger problems. A Pap smear (or Pap test) is a screening procedure for cervical cancer.
Well Woman Exams
Well woman exams are yearly appointments that women should start scheduling around the age of 21. During the exam, your doctor will discuss your overall health with you. Pap Smear and other screenings may be ordered to check for early signs of cancer.
MonaLisa Touch is a laser therapy treatment used to treat the symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. These symptoms include vaginal laxity, dryness, itchiness and painful intercourse. This treatment is ideal for older women who have lost high levels of estrogen during menopause.
Have questions or concerns about women’s health?
If you live in San Diego County and you’d like to discuss your health with a certified physician, contact the staff at North Coast Family Medical Group. We are happy to address any concerns or questions that you might have about your health. You can request an appointment using our Patient Portal.