Women have distinct health needs, which often fall to the bottom of a long to-do list. Kimberlee Decker, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, of Total Family Care offers comprehensive women’s health visits to residents of Lewistown, Montana. Booking your next visit takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.
Many aspects of women’s health revolve around reproductive health. However, women also face higher rates of heart disease, bone health issues, depression, osteoarthritis, and certain autoimmune disorders. True women’s health care encompasses screening and patient education for all these health matters.
As you move through the phases of life, your health needs will shift and change. Adolescents have a different set of needs than women preparing for pregnancy and childbirth, but also women experience a whole new set of needs as they transition out of their reproductive years.
Well woman visits are the setting where you’ll receive many of your women’s health services. These visits are an opportunity to get the screenings needed for your age and overall health condition.
A pelvic exam gives your practitioner the chance to visually assess your vaginal and cervical tissues for signs of disease. Pap smear testing is performed during pelvic exams and is a powerful tool in detecting cervical cancer in the earliest possible stages. However, you won’t need a Pap smear during every visit.
A professional breast exam checks for signs of tissue abnormalities. You’ll also learn how to screen for breast changes on your own.
Your well woman exam centers on your unique health needs, so feel free to ask about any aspect of women’s health.
The best way to get the most out of your well woman exams is to think about what you’d like to accomplish from your visit. Create a list of questions before your appointment. Some of the topics you might talk about during your visit include:
There is nothing off-limits during your well woman exams. Your practitioner is here to help and is trained in all aspects of women’s health and wellness.
Most women benefit from annual well woman exams. During your initial visit, you’ll learn more about your specific scheduling needs. Call Total Family Care today to set up your visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.