If you’re like many women, you probably place your own health needs at the bottom of your priority list. At Vitiello Primary Care, JoAnn Vitiello, FNP-C, offers highly personalized women’s health services to women of all ages in and around Maricopa, Arizona. Learn more during a face-to-face consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.
Women’s health is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the health needs specific to women. There are many health issues that are important to both women and men, and those areas can also be incorporated into women’s health.
But the primary focus on women’s health is on the female reproductive system. Regardless of your age or whether or not you plan to become a mother, your women’s health care is an essential part of staying healthy as you navigate the phases of life.
Women’s health visits, also called well woman exams, are the setting to receive most women’s health services. The initial part of the visit involves gathering basic data on your vital signs, health history, and any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit.
A pelvic exam is part of the process. This simple examination allows JoAnn to visually inspect your vaginal and cervical tissues for signs of abnormality. If there are areas of concern, additional screenings are advised.
Pap smear testing occurs during pelvic exams. This simple screening uses a small sample of cells from your cervix to check for signs of cancerous changes. If your most recent Pap smear results were normal, you may not need to have this test every year.
A professional breast exam checks for lumps or other abnormalities in breast tissue. You can learn how to perform your own breast checks at home to stay on top of breast health.
Finally, time is built into every visit to discuss any aspect of women’s health that you like. Some of the topics you might broach include:
These are just some of the issues you can cover during well woman exams. Feel free to ask any questions or express concerns during your visit.
As you near and enter menopause, your natural hormone production will change. This is the cause of most menopause symptoms, including:
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help by delivering supplemental hormones to your system. Vitiello Primary Care uses bioidentical hormones for HRT, and the process is highly personalized to meet your specific needs.
If you’d like more information, or to book a well woman exam, call the office today or schedule a visit online.