Our focus at The Women’s Center is not only on the holistic approach to your well-being, we also focus on the specific needs of the complete woman. Our team works in cooperation with other practitioners, specialists and providers of alternative medicine to make provisions to improve the health and well-being of women by educating our patients about preventative healthcare, building awareness to major health issues facing women while promoting behavioral changes. No more running back to the doctor for additional tests and second appointments over many days. We provide complete history and physicals that include a review of your medical, social, and family history with a focus on preventive screenings and recommendations.
Well Woman Exam:
A well woman exam is the foundation for wellness and an important part of preventive care, essential to maintaining and improving a woman’s health. It is no secret that healthy living and early detection of disease increases not only your length of life, but more importantly, your quality of living. Serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers are preventable and can be avoided, minimized or improved with routine screenings, healthy living and doctor’s visits. A periodic well woman exam for all ages is not just about good medical care, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about beneficial health habits, counseling and community support services.
What is a Well Woman Exam?
The well women exam basically is performed in four parts: the health history, physical exam including a breast exam, pelvic exam and an assessment for other health problems which includes:
Physical & Breast Examination
The physical exam is a head-to-toe exam that gives clues to any health problems. Blood pressure, weight, urine testing and a check for anemia often are done. Your care provider likely perform a thorough physical exam, while also screening for signs of hormonal imbalance. Any problems that are noted may need referral to another care provider. With the breast exam your provider will touch each breast with the pads of the three middle fingers for evidence of lumps or thickening from the bottom of the breast to the collar bone and up under each arm pit. T his area is all breast tissue and needs to be checked.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women have a pelvic exam performed once a year, the first one being at age 21 or within 3 years of the onset of sexual activity, whichever comes first. Your care provider will examine the outer genitalia for any problems then gently insert a sterile instrument called a speculum into the vagina, in order to see the entire vagina and the lower part of the uterus called the cervix. A Pap test may be performed to screen for the human papilloma virus and pre-cancerous cells in the cervix. This allows your care provider to observe any abnormal discharge or appearance to the vagina and cervix. Try to relax. You should feel some pressure but no pain.
Laboratory Tests for Routine Detection and Prevention of Disease
Your care provider may want to perform other lab tests to make sure you are healthy. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a big problem in today's society. Remember, not even condoms will protect you from all infections. Blood, urine and sexually transmitted disease screenings may also be performed. Many times women are not aware that they are infected because they have no symptoms. Whether you are planning the birth of a child or suffering symptoms of diseases, the Women’s Center for Integrative Health wants you to have the most up-to-date information on health conditions, symptoms and treatments.
General Health and Lifestyle
Your doctor may ask you questions about your eating and exercise habits, and may counsel you on alcohol, tobacco or drug use. This is also an opportunity to discuss any physical, mental, or emotional issues you may be experiencing so that your doctor can take the appropriate steps to treat them.
Care for Chronic Medical Illnesses
Chronic diseases are considered those that last for months or years and affect millions of people on a yearly basis, costing billions of dollars in health care costs as well as untold pain and suffering. A chronic illness can be stressful and may change the way a person lives and how they relate to others as the person has to adjust to the demands of illness and the therapy used to treat the condition. Fortunately, a large majority of chronic disease processes are preventable and education is the key to reducing the number of individuals suffering such long-term conditions. Preventative care and lifestyle changes may increase and ultimately enhance the quality of life for countless.
Today, more people are falling back on tried and true methods of medical care that focus on a more natural approach of understanding the causes of chronic disease as well as treatments that affect the multiple body system.
While the causes of chronic disease processes are still unknown, it is important to speak to Dr. Price about your feelings and how effectively you think you are coping with the illness and its treatment. A chronic illness is very stressful and stress can affect a person’s recovery and the way you cope with the illness and treatments. Dr. Price is here to help you overcome fear, anxiety and answer any question you may have while we research the best treatment to help make you whole again.
Pre operative Assessment
If you’re having surgery, your surgeon will refer you to Pre-operative Assessment. A visit to our office before your surgery is essential to ensure you have the best hospital experience. At the Pre-operative Assessment you’ll receive the following services:
- Pre-registration and certification
- Anesthesia consultation
- Information on what to expect during and after surgery
- Any required lab work, X-ray and EKGs
Perimenopausal and Menopausal Care
The voyage through midlife and menopause is a unique and personal experience for each woman. Here at Women’s Center for Integrative Health, we have years of experience helping women during this special stage of their lives.
Symptoms and medical issues may include:
- Hot Flashes
- Hormonal Disruption
- Slowing Metabolism (weight gain)
- Reduced Sex Drive (Libido) & Satisfaction
- Difficulty Falling Asleep / Staying Asleep
- Problems with Bone Health (Osteoporosis)
Fortunately, there are many solutions to solve many of these medical issues and increase the gap between our chronological and biological age. The first step is basic lab tests to determine key hormone levels. After balancing these hormone levels, many issues can be resolved. Additional supplementation can be used as well. The Women’s Center Nutritional Specialist can make nutritional recommendations to promote good overall health, metabolism (fat burning), energy and sleep.
We help to improve the health and well-being of women by educating our patients about preventative healthcare.
Providing the following services:
- Comprehensive Physicals
- Well Woman Exams (Pap test, breast exam, laboratory tests)
- Care for Chronic Medical Illnesses
- Pre-operative Assessment
- Perimenopausal and Menopausal Care