Women's health care includes all the examinations, assessments, tests and other care options tailored to women's specific needs, especially as they get older. Studies have shown women have different risk factors compared to men, and some common diseases like heart disease can cause very different symptoms in women, making these diseases more difficult to detect and diagnose without special training in women's health services. Women's health needs can shift dramatically during menopause when hormonal declines place them at increased risk of developing serious diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer. A family doctor trained in women's health can help ensure women receive the proper medical care to help them maintain optimal health throughout their lives.
Women's medical services include regular exams and medical screenings tailored to each patient's individual health risks as well as the broader health risks more common in women at different stages of life. Exams can also include routine clinical breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests, HPV (human papillomavirus) testing, fertility counseling and testing, bone density testing, STD screening and treatment, menopause care, and other treatments and assessments based on each patient's unique needs and concerns.
Recommendations for medical screenings and tests will be based on each woman's unique lifestyle and medical risk factors, as well as recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other medical agencies, which include:
* mammograms every year from 45 to 54 years of age, then every other year
* blood pressure measurements one or more times per year
* routine cholesterol testing and blood sugar testing beginning at age 20
* Pap tests every three or five years, depending on the patient's age, or HPV tests every five years
* colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50
* bone mineral density testing for women 65 years of age and older
These are broad recommendations; some screenings will need to be performed at an earlier age or more frequently for women with specific risk factors.
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