Women's Health Specialist

Douglas Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Castle Rock, CO

Taking care of your reproductive health is an essential aspect of your overall well-being, and knowing you can call on an experienced, compassionate medical team for all your women’s health needs is vital. The team at Douglas Family Medicine in Castle Rock, Colorado, provides outstanding women’s health services, including preventive well-woman exams and screening tests. Call Douglas Family Medicine today if you have any health concerns, or book an appointment for a well-woman checkup online.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is another way of describing gynecologic medicine, covering anything to do with the female reproductive system, which consists of the:

  • Uterus
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Cervix
  • Vagina
  • Vulva
  • Breasts

Women’s health not only encompasses diseases and infections affecting the reproductive system, but also related health and well-being concerns to do with sexual health, menstruation, and menopause. An annual well-woman exam forms an essential element of taking care of your health.

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam is a special kind of appointment at Douglas Family Medicine, where you undergo a thorough exam to check your reproductive system’s health and have some essential screening tests.

One of these tests is the Pap smear, which plays a vital role in detecting early signs of cervical cancer. Your physician takes a sample of cells from your cervix, a procedure that only takes a few minutes and which they carry out with the utmost gentleness and sensitivity.

Most often Pap smear results are negative, or show changes that aren’t indicative of cancer; however, if you should have cervical cancer, catching it at this very early stage gives you a far more positive prognosis.

What kinds of problems does women’s health include?

Problems with the reproductive system that affect the highest numbers of women include conditions such as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Yeast infections
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

If you’re experiencing problems such as heavy menstrual bleeding or pain, or mood swings, these may have links to other conditions or be related to hormonal imbalances, which the team at Douglas Family Medicine can help with.

The team can also support you through menopause and other life events that impact on your well-being. For example, many women find they have unwelcome symptoms throughout the years it can take to reach menopause, including emotional problems, vaginal dryness and irritation, difficulties sleeping, and hot flashes.

There are a number of treatment options available for menopausal symptoms, including HRT (hormone replacement therapy), which you can discuss with the team. They can also help you with making lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, and birth control.

To discuss any women’s health problems in complete confidence or arrange a well-woman exam, call Douglas Family Medicine today, or book an appointment online.

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