If you’re a healthy woman who wants to maintain optimal wellness, you don’t have to go to an OB/GYN for annual exams. Milad Shaker, MD, provides comprehensive women’s health exams at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. To schedule your annual women’s health exam, call or book an appointment online.
Women’s health focuses on medical conditions that affect the emotional and physical wellbeing of women. Due to their unique biology, women face many health issues that don’t apply to men, such as cervical cancer.
Additionally, certain health problems that affect both men and women tend to be more severe, or more common, in women, including:
Women are also more likely than men to develop sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Most health conditions that affect women can be prevented or easily treated when caught early. Since many problems — such as high blood pressure — don’t cause symptoms, the best way to beat these diseases is with routine preventive care and screenings.
Depending on your age and medical history, Dr. Shaker may perform routine screenings for these common health conditions:
Though many women see an OB/GYN for cervical and breast cancer screenings, those who don’t require obstetrical or specialized gynecological care may prefer the convenience of seeing Dr. Shaker instead. If any of these screenings reveal a potential issue, he may refer you to a specialist for treatment or additional tests.
Pap tests play an essential role in preventing cervical cancer. While it’s common to feel nervous about a Pap test, the procedure lasts only a few minutes and causes little discomfort.
During a Pap test, you lie on an exam table with your feet elevated on footrests. Dr. Shaker or a member of his team insert a speculum into your vagina and gently spread it to view your cervix. They swab the surface of your cervix to collect a cell sample and send it to a lab for analysis.
Results of the Pap test come back within a couple of weeks. Normal results mean there were no unusual changes to your cervical cells. Abnormal results don’t mean you have cancer, but Dr. Shaker may refer you to an OB/GYN for additional testing.
To maintain a healthy body and mind, call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or book an appointment online.