While many of the same health issues affect both men and women, women have special health needs due to their reproductive organs. In addition to managing the health of children, the experienced team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain also specializes in women’s health and provides gynecological services, including contraceptive care and testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). For a women’s health appointment, call the Stone Mountain, Georgia, office or book online today.
Women’s health refers to the specialized area of medicine focused on the unique health care needs of women; specifically, the needs of your reproductive organs. The experienced team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain understand your highly specialized needs and provides the care you need for health and wellness.
The team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain provides comprehensive examinations for a women’s health appointment. During your examination, they review your medical history and any specific health concerns you may have. The team also conducts a physical, breast, or pelvic exam, depending on your needs.
Diagnostic tests may be requested to further evaluate your health, including a Pap smear (screen for cervical cancer), HPV (human papillomavirus) test, STD testing, or blood work. The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain offers in-office laboratory services, and conduct many of the specialized tests at the office, so you get the results quickly.
HPV is a viral infection. There are many different strains of HPV, but one strain that sexual contact transmits increases a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. It’s recommended that all women age 30 or older, or women with an abnormal Pap smear, get an HPV test.
Your HPV test is conducted during a pelvic exam and requires the gentle swabbing of cervical cells from your cervix. If your HPV test is negative, you may be able to delay your next Pap smear by five years. However, if your HPV test is positive, you may need more frequent Pap smears to closely monitor your cervix for cell abnormalities that may be indicative of cervical cancer.
Abstinence and the use of condoms may protect you from getting HPV or another STD. However, the team suggests you get the HPV vaccine, which is extremely effective at protecting you from an HPV infection. Girls should receive the immunization between ages 11 and 12, but you can still benefit from the vaccine up until age 26 or beyond.
In addition to testing for HPV, the team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain also offers testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). While both men and women can contract an STD, the consequences can be more detrimental in women, increasing the risk of infertility and cancer.
When it comes to family planning, you have many contraception options. Some of your birth control options include:
The experienced team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain offer birth control counseling and can review your options with you and help you determine the best method for your health and future pregnancy needs.
Nexplanon is a birth control device implanted in your arm. It’s a form of long-acting birth control that can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping sperm from reaching your eggs.
The team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain offer Nexplanon as a birth control option for you and perform the implantation at the office.
For the management of your women’s health from a caring and compassionate team, contact The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain by phone or online today.