Women’s Health Clinic Questions and Answers
For issues related to women health, visit Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology. Our clinicians and medical staff offer a wide range of women health services in West Bridgewater, MA. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
Women have important health needs, from mental health to physical health to sexual health. The female reproductive system is a sensitive and intricate group of organs that performs countless crucial functions, from conception to birthing a child. Women’s health extends far beyond just reproductive health, but includes all of the healthcare services a woman might need throughout her life, from first-line care to preventative services. Women’s health clinics focus on addressing concerns that the female population commonly face and provide expert care to ensure each woman lives a good quality of life.
Why is women’s health important?
Women’s health is important for a number of reasons, one being that women access the health system more than men, both for themselves and on behalf of their children. Because women live longer on average, elder and long-term care issues affect women more often; and they have higher rates of disability and chronic health problems.
Why are breast exams important?
Screening mammograms are a standard procedure for the early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms can typically find lumps a few years before a woman or her primary care provider can feel them, and research has shown a 25% reduction in fatalities from breast cancer among women who regularly screen.
Why are Pap smears important?
A Pap smear involves collecting cells from the cervix which are then used to test for cervical conditions, including cancer. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus located at the top of the vagina. Pap tests are essential because they can detect cervical cancer early, which gives women a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in cervical cells that may be indicative of cancer developing in the future.
Why is it important to have STD testing?
Regular STD testing is essential to help find an infection early or when a person is asymptomatic (has no symptoms). This is important because treatment can avoid long-term problems, such as infertility. In addition, testing is also important because:
- Getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things a person can do to protect their health, and can help prevent a myriad of avoidable health problems.
- Getting tested is quick and easy, only takes a few minutes and is painless, although some tests may be uncomfortable.
- Most STDs are treatable and can be cured with a course of antibiotics; viral STDs cannot be cured, but can be treated or prevented with vaccines.
- Not all STDs have external symptoms (aside from herpes and HPV) and require a test to confirm their presence.
- Early detection is key for treatment plans and can greatly improve one’s health.
Do you have a female practitioner who provides these exams?
Yes we do. We are fortunate to be staffed with kind and compassionate female nurse practitioners, Dr. Candice Greene, Doctor of Nursing practice, FNP-C, Katie Camara, FNP, and Michaela Aitken, FNP. They are women’s health specialists with many years’ experience in performing female health exams, including Pap tests and mammograms. If you are looking for a trusted women’s health clinic, come to Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced providers of women’s health and can help you stay on top of your health and prevent a number of common conditions. Call us today at (508) 583-1100 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 711 W Center St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379. Our office is open five days a week: Mondays & Thursdays from 9 AM to 5 PM, Tuesdays from 9 AM to 7 PM, Thursdays from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Wednesdays & Fridays from 8 AM to 5 PM. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from West Bridgewater MA, Taunton MA, Middleborough MA, Plymouth MA, Pembroke MA, Braintree MA, Mansfield MA, Stoughton MA, Wareham MA, Somerset MA, Attleboro MA, Brockton MA, Abington MA, and surrounding areas.