Women's Health

Women who take control of their health empower themselves to live longer, disease-free lives. A lifetime of good health starts with prevention, including annual wellness exams and screenings. A women’s health doctor can be your greatest partner in prevention, offering you advice for healthy living and providing important screenings designed to identify complications and illnesses during their earliest stages. From adolescence to post-menopause, a woman’s health demands care and attention at all stages of life.
Did you know…
that female health screenings have significantly reduced the number of deaths from certain diseases, such as cervical cancer? Unfortunately, not all women adhere to guidelines for health screenings such as mammograms and pap smears. The Centers for Disease Control reports that only 67 percent of American women over age 40 have had a mammogram to screen for breast cancer in the last 2 years, and about 73 percent over age 18 have had a pap smear in the past 3 years. But periodic screening can identify cancer at its earliest stages, vastly improving long-term prognosis and 5-year survival rates.
Frequently Asked Questions
I consider myself healthy. Should I be seeing a Gynaecologist?
Yes, women go through many changes during their lifetime, from adolescence to menopause. If you are healthy and symptom-free, please keep in mind that underlying health problems can sometimes present with no symptoms at all. Therefore, it is important to schedule a routine wellness exam with a gynaecologist each year.
What expectations should I have for my visit to a gynaecologist?
The components of your visit will vary depending on your age. Regular pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, and potentially, HPV vaccination are recommended for young women. From the age of 21 onwards, you should get pap smears or as recommended by your gynaecologist, although they will begin mammogram screenings by age 40. If applicable, your doctor will also discuss your health concerns, the risk for certain diseases, and contraception needs with you
Will I need to follow any special instructions between visits?
Possibly. Every woman is unique, so only your doctor can tell you whether you need to make any changes to your lifestyle or eating habits following your appointment.