Women have unique health care needs that require special attention and training. With offices in Tinley Park, Rockford, and Olympia Fields, Illinois, and Munster, Indiana, Health Solutions has board-certified family medicine practitioners who provide preventive care and treatment for a variety of women’s health concerns. Whether you need a breast exam or birth control counseling, the Health Solutions team can help you make the right decisions for your health. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest Health Solutions office or book a visit online now.
Women’s health is a broad term that refers to health concerns and biological milestones that primarily affect women. Women experience a broad range of conditions that men don’t, including menstruation, menopause, and certain types of cancer. Regular women’s health screenings can help protect against illness and detect the early signs of disease.
Some of the most common health conditions that primarily affect women include:
Pelvic pain is any type of pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, located between your belly button and the very top of your thighs. Pelvic pain can manifest as a dull ache, sharp pain, or burning sensation.
Abnormal uterine bleeding is vaginal bleeding outside of your normal menstrual cycle. While bleeding outside of menstruation isn’t always a cause for alarm, it can indicate a deeper women’s health issue, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or even a miscarriage.
Urinary incontinence means you can’t fully control your bladder. This can happen for a number of reasons, including weak pelvic muscles, age, and childbirth.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They can often lead to heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and low back pain.
Menopause typically occurs in your 40s or 50s, approximately 12 months after your last menstrual cycle. Along with the loss of menstruation, many women experience a variety of hormonal changes during menopause.
An annual well-woman exam at Health Solutions can help prevent disease and detect potential risk factors for chronic conditions, like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or breast cancer. During a well-woman exam, your doctor asks about your diet, exercise habits, menstrual cycle, and lifestyle practices.
After reviewing your family and medical history, your doctor begins with a breast exam to check for lumps and a pelvic exam to check for any abnormalities in your ovaries or uterus. Depending on your age, they may recommend a mammogram to detect the presence of breast cancer, a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer, hormone replacement therapy for menopause, birth control counseling, or a bone density screening to diagnose osteoporosis.
Women’s health services are important for protecting your overall health and well-being. To schedule a visit, call Health Solutions, or book an appointment online today.