Men and women experience many of the same health problems, but their unique reproductive organs put them at risk of certain gender-specific issues. At Total Family Medical in Robert, Louisiana, the primary care specialists offer a full suite of women’s health services, including STD testing, contraception, and Pap smears. Book an in-person or telemedicine appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Women’s health is a medical specialty that diagnoses and treats diseases and conditions unique to women. Total Family Medical offers prenatal care, treatment for the symptoms of menopause, and preventive screenings to detect osteoporosis, cervical, and breast cancer.
Even if you feel relatively healthy, it’s important to participate in routine women’s health appointments. Many potentially serious problems don’t present obvious symptoms. Regular checkups can catch them in the early stages of development when they respond best to treatment.
Women’s health at Total Family Medical includes:
If you’re sexually active with multiple people, it’s important to undergo routine sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. Sexually transmitted infections like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are highly contagious. Receiving treatment early on can prevent further spread and protect your health and the health of your partners.
If you’re sexually active but don’t yet want to start a family, Total Family Medical might recommend contraception. There are several types of contraceptives, including oral birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), vaginal rings, and shots. Following a comprehensive physical, your provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.
A Pap smear is a preventive screening that determines your risk of cervical cancer. During a Pap smear, your provider uses a cotton swab to take a sample of cells from your cervix. They send your swab to a laboratory that analyzes it for cancerous or precancerous cells.
A breast exam is a preventive screening that detects lumps, bumps, or other potentially cancerous growths. If your provider finds an area of concern, they might order a mammogram. A mammogram is a special type of X-ray that takes detailed images of your breast tissue. It provides a safe and highly accurate way to diagnose breast cancer.
Menopause occurs when you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period. This is a natural part of the aging process, but it presents uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. If you’re struggling to cope with the effects of menopause, Total Family Medical might recommend hormone replacement therapy or another type of treatment.
Total Family Medical recommends you schedule a women’s health exam at least once a year. In addition to catching potentially serious health problems, routine checkups present an opportunity to ask questions, build a relationship with your provider, and gain insights about nutrition and exercise.
Don’t wait to schedule your next women’s health exam at Total Family Medical. Book an in-person or telemedicine appointment by calling the office or booking online today.