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Do you want to work with a women’s health care physician who listens to you and helps you improve your health naturally? San Mateo Primary Care offers comprehensive women’s health services focused on preventive health and enhancing your overall wellness. If you live in or around San Mateo, California, and are looking for a different style of women’s health care, call or make an appointment online today.
Women's Health Q & A
What are some common women’s health issues?
In addition to heart disease, high blood pressure, and other prevalent health issues, you might also be vulnerable to a variety of women’s reproductive health concerns, including:
- Abnormal periods
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Fertility problems
As a woman, you’re also more likely to experience cystitis, urinary tract infections (UTIs), breast cancer, and gynecological cancers, including cervical, ovarian, and uterine.
Menopause and hormonal imbalances are also common women’s health issues that can cause disruptive symptoms.
How often do I need a well-woman exam?
You should have a well-woman exam once every year, even if you feel healthy. Many women’s health issues don’t cause noticeable symptoms. Checking in on your health and having preventive screenings can help you get the treatment you need before you have symptoms.
What should I expect during a women’s health visit?
Your women’s health visit begins like most appointments. The team checks your height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse. They might also request lab tests, including urinalysis and blood tests.
You and your physician review your medical history and talk about any changes in your health or well-being. You can talk about your birth control options, weight loss, menopause symptoms, or mental health concerns.
During the physical exam, your physician listens to your heart and lungs and feels your thyroid gland. They also perform breast and pelvic exams.
If necessary, your physician performs a Pap smear to collect a sample of cells from your cervix. If you have a low risk of cervical cancer and are between the ages of 21-29, you should have a Pap smear at least every three years.
From the age of 30, you can continue to have Pap smears every three years or combine a Pap smear with HPV screening every five years. Your physician offers personalized advice on how often you need this potentially life-saving test.
At the end of your exam, your physician might suggest some lifestyle changes to improve your overall health or write prescriptions for birth control or other medical conditions. The team at San Mateo Primary Care customizes your appointment to meet your needs.
If you’re due for a women’s health visit, call San Mateo Primary Care or make an appointment online today.