Many women are so busy with their careers, family and home that they have little time to care for their own needs. Unfortunately, by not caring for themselves, women run the risk of becoming overworked, overstressed and ultimately ill to the detriment of their family – who they so dearly love.
Apart from female specific health conditions such as perimenopause and menopause, women are more prone to health issues such as hypothyroidism, hormone imbalances, and osteoporosis that need to be monitored on a regular basis.
Menopause and Hormone Issues
As you age, it is common to experience hormonal imbalances. Women undergoing hormone imbalances may experience a plethora of symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, osteoporosis, or vaginal dryness.
Do any of these sound familiar?
Comprehensive Women's Healthcare Program
In addition to the regular pap smears, mammograms and breast examinations, it will help to take a more holistic approach to your healthcare. At Rose Wellness Center, we are passionate about preventing illness and optimizing your health. Our comprehensive women’s health program includes –
- In depth evaluation of medical health history.
- Regular preventive health screening including pap smears, breast screening, heart health including detailed blood tests and EKG’s, and bone health with a focus on preventive health and wellness.
- Non-invasive thermography (digital infra-red thermal imaging) of breasts and other body tissues. This will help supplement routine mammogram screenings.
- Comprehensive hormone evaluation of thyroid, adrenal, and female hormones and hormone balancing as needed. In addition, it also includes checks for other women's issues such as menopause, hypothyroidism, and osteoporosis, as needed.
- Comprehensive nutritional and metabolic assessment to measure vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, cellular metabolism and detoxification capacity and mitochondrial health.
We work in conjunction with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Some medical tests need to be performed on a regular basis to help protect a woman's health and ultimately their lives.
Pap Smears and Pelvic Examinations
Women who are over the age of 21 or who are sexually active should have a pap smear every three years. This helps identify any abnormalities, including cervical cancer or infection. Pelvic exams are completed to check for masses and abnormalities within the female structure.
Breast Examinations and Screenings
Approximately 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Although the statistics are staggering, women who stop smoking, complete self-examinations and eat a well-balanced diet can diminish the chance of developing cancer
Women are encouraged to perform monthly self-examinations of their breasts. If a woman notices a lump or the texture of her breast changes, she should contact her physician immediately.
Annual Clinical Breast Examinations
During the annual breast examination, the physician will perform a clinical breast examination to check for lumps, bulges or changes to the breast tissue. Additionally, breast cancer screening diagnostic tests may be ordered which may include a mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI. Your physician will help guide you toward the diagnostic test that is right for you.
Thermograms and Mammograms
In addition to proper breast self-exams and physician exams, Thermography and Mammography together provide the earliest detection system for breast cancer.
Your integrative physician will check for hormonal imbalances using saliva tests or blood tests. If an imbalance occurs, dietary changes, herbal formulas and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help. For more information on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, click here
Bone Loss Testing
Osteoporosis causes your bones to become weak and brittle. Bones can fracture with increased stress including from a fall, coughing, or even bending over. The most common fractures occur in the hips, wrists or spine. Osteoporosis occurs when the body cannot create enough new bone to replace the removal of old bone. As you age, the bones begin losing the ability to store minerals.
Bone Density Tests
Your physician may recommend bone density tests if needed. A bone density test utilizes x-ray to determine how much calcium and other minerals are in the bones. Often times, the spine, hip and forearm are tested. A higher mineral content in the bone lowers the risk of fractures.
It is essential to take care of yourself so you can take care of rest of the important things in your life. This means acting responsibly by eating a well-balanced diet, exercising and visiting a physician who specializes in women's health. Throughout your healing journey, we strive to support you by offering quiet attention-focused healing of the body, mind and spirit. In addition, we believe it is important for you to understand your body and your health and we will take the time to address and answer all of your health questions.
Our integrative physicians offer preventative testing, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and helps manage various women's health conditions including as menopause, hypothyroidism, and hormonal imbalances. Contact our office at (571)529-6699 to schedule your appointment with our women's doctor specializing in women's health care in Northern Virginia.