Gynecology at Arizona Women’s Care
Women’s health needs require special care, which is why we at Arizona Women’s Care want to help you have the healthiest life possible. Our experienced gynecologists and obstetricians have made it their life calling to help women in their pregnancy and gynecologic health care goals. To this end, we do recommend you come in for an office visit for the following screenings.
Women’s Health Care Tests
Routine testing is easy to let go by the wayside in a busy life. While we understand, Arizona Women’s Care is dedicated to protecting your health. We do recommend screening because the sooner we can spot a disease, the likelier that you, our patient, will have a positive outcome. Since your health is our first concern, we need you to help us by adhering to a women’s health screening schedule that we recommend.
At Arizona Women’s Care, we recommend the following routine health screenings:
The Pap test is to detect abnormal cells on the cervix before they have a chance to become cancerous, or to detect cancer early. All women over 21 and those who have been sexually active for 3 years should have a pap smear every 2-3 years depending on your history. If abnormalities are found, we may need to schedule more frequent tests – all to ensure your health and catch problems early.
Are you over 40? Have you had a baseline mammogram? If not, please call Arizona Women’s Care for an appointment. Breast cancer has the best outcome if we can catch it early. Breast cancer risk increases with age, so we recommend all women over 40 have a mammogram every year.
Osteoporosis can be difficult to catch early. Brittle bones can make daily living more restricted and dangerous. There are treatments available, but they work best (like so many treatments) when we catch them early. Your physician will be able to recommend a bone density scan if you are at risk for osteoporosis.
Risk factors include:
- Family history
- Hormonal issues
- Poor diet
- Lifestyle issues.
If you are 50 or older, you are increasingly at risk for colon cancer. We recommend you have a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for pre-cancerous polyps. As with cervical cancer, early detection has a greater chance of a positive outcome. If you are 50 or older and have not yet had a colonoscopy, call Arizona Women’s Care today to discuss how to get a colonoscopy scheduled and know that this is another potentially life-saving procedure that is truly important to your health.
Cholesterol and lipids
High cholesterol levels can be an indication of poor heart health and lead to heart disease. A healthy woman age 40 or older will need to have her lipid profiles done every year. If your physician decides you display certain risk factors such as high blood pressure or a high BMI, it may be that you will need to get your cholesterol tested earlier. If you are concerned, please talk to us at your next appointment.
Your family planning needs are an important part of your health. Arizona Women’s Care would like to help you with your contraceptive requirements. We will review your health history, family planning desires, come up with a plan so that any children you have will be planned-for, and given the best start.
All contraceptive options have advantages and drawbacks depending on your needs, so it is best to discuss these options with your physician.
Reversible contraceptive options:
- Hormonal Pill (The Pill)
- Hormonal Injection
- Contraceptive patch
- Hormonal Contraceptive Ring
Permanent contraceptive options:
- Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation
- Transcervical Sterilization
HPV and You
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STI in the US. Anyone who has been sexually active can be exposed to HPV.
While HPV infections can sometimes go away with no effect, it is foolish to ignore. An HPV infection can lead to:
- Genital Warts
- Cancer of the cervix
- Throat cancer
- Vulvar cancer
There are many different strains of HPV, so some will cause problems like warts, and others can cause abnormal cells on your cervix that lead to cancer. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to predict what your effects might be.
HPV – What Can I Do to Protect Myself?
- If you are under 26, get vaccinated.
- Use latex condoms correctly every time you have sex.
- Get your pap smears regularly.
- Be in a mutually monogamous relationship