Women’s health needs encompass the full spectrum of medical care. Staying up-to-date on annual breast and pelvic exams are essential to healthy living for women. We know that life is busy, so ProHealth has made the process of getting your annual exam quick, easy and affordable!
While the term women’s health care often seems to be focused on reproductive care, women can also develop conditions like heart disease and diabetes and are more subject to certain chronic conditions than men. A women’s health clinic should meet all of those needs.
Prescriptions for birth control are available as well.
Our annual exam is only $195 and includes:
PAP smear with necessary lab work (HPV screening)
Pregnancy and childbearing are two essential components of women’s health care. In the childbearing years, birth control is also an important aspect of attention. Women who are sexually active and have more than one partner should also be screened for sexually transmitted infections. While still menstruating, some women are at risk of anemia, which should be identified and managed for optimum health. After the childbearing years are over menopause management becomes necessary. Fertility services may be another aspect of reproductive medical management for some women. Some conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome can affect both a woman’s fertility and her overall health.
Women’s health services should always include preventive care. It is much better to prevent a chronic disease, which may cause damage to the body before it is brought under control. Preventive care includes counseling about a lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and weight management. It may include lab tests to check such things as blood sugar or thyroid levels. Once a woman reaches menopause, she becomes more susceptible to certain conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis (bone thinning). Women should be screened and, if necessary, treated for both of these conditions.
Basic primary care is very similar for both men and women. For example, both should have regular blood pressure checks, especially as they age. However, women are more likely to develop conditions like low or high thyroid, rheumatoid diseases, and multiple sclerosis. Many of these conditions present with very subtle signs and regular primary care visits offer an opportunity to catch them at the earliest possible stage. As they age, women may need regular medications, which should be monitored for side effects and managed to assure optimum dosing.
Women's Health and Hormone Therapy
Hormones affect every aspect of daily life, from energy levels to mood to mental function. For this reason, hormone therapy for women is increasingly sought out by women all over the world as they reach an age when their hormones drop to levels that take a toll on their quality of living. At ProHealth, you can get almost any lab test you want without a doctor’s note. So, if you feel like something is off, you can truly take control of your health.
Signs of Hormonal Imbalance
- Changes in the condition of the skin
- Decreased libido
- Depression or sadness
- Disordered sleep
- Hot flashes
- Memory loss
- Thinning hair
- Unexplained weight gain
- Urinary leakage
- Vaginal dryness
Women whose hormonal imbalances go untreated face a higher risk of health concerns and issues including:
- Cardiac disease
- Parkinson’s-like symptoms
- Premature death
Not all women, however, are candidates for hormone therapy, as it sometimes endangers the health of women with certain conditions. Those who have had breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, blood clots in the legs or lungs, stroke, liver disease or unexplained vaginal bleeding should not usually take hormone therapy.
The Ups And Downs Of Hormones
By design, hormones affect the function of many systems in the body. The brain, the heart, the bones and muscles, the reproductive organs. All of them are directly linked to hormones and how well those hormones function. This means those organs are also put at risk for various complications – and malfunctions – when the hormone system goes out of balance. Like anything else, hormones obviously work best when they are in proper equilibrium, but fluctuations in their levels are a natural part of life that no one escapes. Generally, fluctuations increase as we age and, in some cases, start becoming distinctly noticeable when a woman reaches her thirties. Recognizing the symptoms and addressing them is essential, as regulating hormone imbalances isn’t just a matter of simplifying life. It’s key to ensuring that your body stays healthy enough to last through old age, protecting your long-term health. And, of course, in helping you age gracefully.
Creating Hormonal Harmony
There are, of course, certain stigmas associated with hormone therapy for women. The benefits, however, do outweigh the risks; and there is no more safe, natural or effective type of hormone replacement than bioidentical hormone therapy. Created using natural ingredients, bioidentical hormone therapy treatments and medications are exact replications of the chemicals in the body that regulate hormone function. Once those hormone functions become more regulated, the hormone symptoms follow suit.
Mental Health Symptoms
- Lack of motivation
- Obsessive thought patterns
- Persistent feelings of sadness
- Persistent sense of hopelessness
- Shifts in sleeping habits
- Social withdrawal
- Suicidal thoughts
- Unexplainable aches or digestive issues
- Violent behavior
- Abuse of drugs
- Alcohol abuse
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Crying spells
- Decreased energy
- Dramatic changes in eating habits
- Excessive anxiety or worry
- Extreme anger or hostility
- Extreme mood swings
- Inability to cope
Women's Mental Health
Women’s mental health is a subject that has, in recent years, received an increasing amount of attention. As an important aspect of overall health, it is important to address all areas of health as women. The reason for the increased focus on women’s mental health is simple and concerning, as one in five women experiences some type of mental health issue in the U.S each year. According to studies, there are certain disorders that are more commonly found in women than in men, particularly depression and anxiety. There are actually even specific types of depression and anxiety that only women experience – especially at certain points in their hormonal changes. Among them are perinatal depression, perimenopause-related depression, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. We want women to know that treatment is possible if they are properly diagnosed.
Treatment and Care
Treatment for women’s mental health conditions depends on the specific type of condition and its severity. A physician or therapist might possibly prescribe medications or refer you for therapy. Some cases might even require both types of treatment. In rare cases when the woman’s life is in danger because of her mental disorder, such as following a suicide attempt, inpatient treatment at a hospital or other facility will naturally be considered a necessary course of action.
At ProHealth, we know that mental health is a topic that many women avoid. But women’s mental health conditions should never be dismissed so that they go untreated, and we encourage that anyone showing symptoms seek out care. Both of our walk-in clinics have convenient hours, and our team will gladly see if you need prescription refills for your treatment medications. As a team of local healthcare experts with deep community ties, we’re passionate about serving the needs of the individuals within that community; and we strive daily to make our range of care affordable, convenient and simple for everyone.
Contact your local ProHealth facility to learn more about women’s mental health and the range of healthcare services we offer today!
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