Premier Primary Care
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in New Albany, IN
Women's Health Q&A
What is women’s health?
Women have unique diseases and conditions that affect their physical and emotional well-being. Premier Primary Care provides a wide range of women’s health services, including:
- Preventive care, such as Pap smears and mammograms
- Menopause and hormone therapy
- Screenings for STDs
- Sexual health
- Well-woman exams
You also benefit from birth control counseling and prescriptions or insertions. Birth control is a very personal issue, and the team at Premier Primary Care can help you determine which option is the best for your family goals, current health, and lifestyle.
Premier Primary Care also offers urgent care services if you have unusual symptoms, like painful urination or abnormal vaginal discharge, that suggest an infection.
Why do I need a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam is a yearly checkup on your gynecological and pelvic organ health. At this appointment, you can discuss specific health concerns like birth control, your menstrual cycle, painful intercourse, or unusual symptoms such as pelvic pain or severe cramping.
You’ll also undergo a physical exam. A well-woman exam is a cornerstone of preventive women’s health care. Premier Primary Care can identify irregularities during your exam that may suggest a problem, such as uterine fibroids or an ovarian cyst, that requires the attention of a specialist.
With regular well-woman exams, you’ll be up to date on preventive screenings such as Pap smears and breast exams.
What screenings are included in women’s health care?
Standard screenings can help a woman avoid a catastrophic health condition. A Pap smear, for example, is a preventive screening tool that can identify irregular cells that may turn into cervical cancer or that are cancerous.
Premier Primary Care performs a Pap smear during pelvic exams. During the test, your provider uses a swab to take a small sample of the cells from your cervix.
The sample is sent to a lab for analysis. If the results come back abnormal, the team may recommend further evaluation or testing. This result isn’t a diagnosis of cancer.
You usually have your first Pap smear after age 21 and every three years thereafter. If you have a history of cervical cancer or irregular Pap smears, you may need more frequent Pap smears.
The team at Premier Primary Care also offers other screenings, including clinical breast exams, mammograms, and HPV testing.
If you’re due for a well-woman exam or have unusual vaginal or pelvic floor issues, call Premier Primary Care or book an appointment online today.