Caring and complete gynecology
Well woman and preventive care
Well-woman visits include a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits focus on preventive care for women, which may include:
- Services, like shots, that improve your health by preventing diseases and other health problems
- Screenings, which are medical tests to check for diseases early when they may be easier to treat
- Education and counseling to help you make health decisions
What happens during a well-woman visit?
Your well-woman visit is a chance to focus on your overall health and wellness. There are 3 main goals for the visit:
- Documenting your health habits and history
- Getting a physical exam
- Setting health goals
Health habits and history
Before your visit, the doctor or nurse will ask you to answer some questions about your overall health. These questions may cover topics like your:
Family’s health history
Relationships and sexual partners
Eating habits and physical activity
Use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
Mental health history, including depression
The doctor or nurse will do a physical exam, which usually includes:
Measuring your height and weight
Calculating your body mass index (BMI) to see if you are at a healthy weight
Checking your blood pressure
Doing a breast exam (feeling your breasts and under your arms for lumps or other changes)
Doing a Pap test and pelvic exam
You and the doctor or nurse will talk about the next steps for helping you stay healthy. Together, you can decide which screenings or follow-up services are right for you.
If you have health goals, like losing weight or quitting smoking, you and your doctor or nurse can make a plan to help you meet these goals.
Make a list of questions for your doctor.
This visit is a great time to ask the doctor or nurse any questions related to:
- Birth control
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Preparing to get pregnant
- Your safety and relationships
- Anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues
- Eating healthy foods
- Getting more active
Some important questions include:
- Which form of birth control is right for me?
- Do I need any important shots?
- How can I protect myself from HIV and other STDs?
- How do I know if my relationship is healthy and safe?
- Where can I get help for a mental health issue?
- How can I get more physically active?
Procedures and Surgeries
Sensitive, Experienced Care for Your Most Complex Health Concerns
If you’re in pain or find that your day-to-day life is limited because of a women’s health issue, you can count on our team.
Abnormal Bleeding and Pelvic Pain
Whether it’s heavy, painful cycles, bleeding between periods or pelvic pain that doesn’t go away, our doctors can help. They’re skilled with a full range of treatment options, including endometrial ablation – an outpatient procedure that, for many women, solves heavy, painful cycles in a matter of minutes. It’s one of the most modern, effective women’s health solutions available. For many women, it’s an excellent alternative to a hysterectomy. However, if a hysterectomy is the right treatment, our physicians are experienced with the latest hysterectomy techniques, including minimally invasive methods with the quickest, most comfortable recovery possible.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Means “Less Pain” and “Faster Recovery”
Laparoscopic surgery is performed using a lighted telescope that is inserted through a tiny ½ inch incision made in the navel. This allows the physician to see and operate in the abdomen without having to make a long incision. Two or three small incisions are made along the sides of the abdomen to allow passage of specialized surgical instruments. This allows surgery to be performed with fewer traumas to patients and minimal damage to body tissue. Benefits often are fewer days in the hospital and less pain during recovery.
Bladder Control Issues
Your Women’s Care Center physician is well-trained and qualified to treat bladder control problems; always with the compassion and sensitivity you deserve.
For A Healthy Transition
Menopause is your special time. You’ve earned it! Dr Robert Smith is here to help you get the energy and good health to make the most of this stage of life. We offer highly personalized menopause wellness care, with an emphasis on education and options for helping you feel your best for the long term.
You’ll get customized solutions for all your changing health needs, starting with those disruptive menopausal symptoms. Hot flashes, mood swings, and more can be controlled in a way that’s best for you.
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones over time. Because of this, it puts you at risk for breaking a bone. Postmenopausal osteoporosis is the most common form of osteoporosis. It affects many women after menopause.
How does postmenopausal osteoporosis develop?
Everyone has cells that remove old bone and other cells that rebuild new bone. This ongoing process is part of what keeps your bones strong. When you have postmenopausal osteoporosis, bone-removing cells cause you to lose bone at a rate that is too fast.
The result is thinner, weaker bones that can break more easily.
In women, bone loss increases after menopause. In the 5 to 7 years after menopause, you can lose up to 20 percent of your bone mass—leaving you at risk for fracture.
Ask your Doctor about steps you can take to prevent weak bones and lower your risk for osteoporosis. If you are age 50 or older talk to you Doctor about screening.