Women’s Health Q&A
What do women’s health services entail?
Women's health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, like:
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Board-certified family medicine doctor Brent Herron and staff at Redwood Medical conduct complete women’s health examinations, including gynecological exams, family planning, and menopause management.
What can I expect during a women’s health exam?
Women’s health exams generally include:
Your Redwood Medical provider conducts a complete physical, usually checking blood pressure, weight, and height. They also examine the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, throat, thyroid, chest, and abdomen.
Your provider might order blood samples to ensure normal kidney, liver, kidney, glucose, and other body functions.
Your provider also performs a complete gynecological exam. You’ll likely receive a pelvic exam in which your provider examines your ovaries and uterus and may request a Pap smear.
If the smear shows abnormalities, your provider might conduct a colposcopy, another in-office test that closely examines your cervix and surrounding cells. Pap smears and colposcopies are life-saving tests because they detect precancerous cells and cervical cancer. Early detection saves lives.
Your provider might also recommend a comprehensive breast examination. Depending on your age, you should schedule a routine mammogram. Like Pap smears, mammograms help save lives because they offer detection of disease at an early stage.
There are numerous short-term, intermediate, and long-term birth control options. The staff at Redwood Medical can explain options in each category and effectiveness, helping you decide which method best suits you.
You must take birth control pills daily to ensure their effectiveness, while IUDs are maintenance-free. Should you decide on contraception injections, your provider administers these every quarter.
There are two types of IUDs, copper IUDs and those with hormones. If you don’t like the idea of taking hormones, the copper IUD is an option. Condoms, the vaginal ring, or a contraceptive sponge are also available if you don’t want to take hormones.
Redwood Medical provides customized hormone medication or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if your levels need adjustment or rebalancing.
Staff also provide customized HRT for women experiencing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia. Sometimes these symptoms can be severe and impede daily function and quality of life.
Call Redwood Medical to schedule a visit or book an appointment online today for expert women's health services and compassionate care.
Women’s Health services in Aurora, CO
Women have unique body systems that require routine check-ups to ensure optimal health. Women’s health services at Redwood Medical include everything you need in one exam, saving time and effort. Board-certified family medicine doctor Brent Herron and the staff understand patients’ health needs in all phases of life, as well as the many issues hormone imbalance, can cause for women. They provide therapies that relieve symptoms, restore balance, and improve quality of life. For knowledgeable and compassionate women’s health care, call the Aurora or Castle Rock, Colorado, office to schedule a visit or book an appointment online today.