One of the best things you can do for yourself and your health is to keep up on preventative care -- doctor's appointments, yearly exams, wellness checkups, etc. Preventative care allows you to know where you're at with your health, every step of the way.
Unlike scheduling appointments for illness, appointments for health screenings should be regularly scheduled every year or as your provider sees fit for your health needs. Many health screenings depend on your age, but no matter what kind of screening it is, it will focus on:
- Checking for medical issues
- Measuring where you're at with your health
- Potential health risks
- Vaccinations and when you might be due for one
- Building that trusted relationship with your provider
Most providers will recommend that health screenings begin at puberty. After your first screening, your provider will better be able to assess how often you will need future screenings based on where you're at with your health.
Women's health screenings
The health screenings you receive from your family medicine provider focus on your health overall. Women's health screenings focus more heavily on your gynecologic health. These screenings include physical exams, STD testing, cervical cancer and breast cancer checks. These screenings help your provider measure where you're at with your gynecologic health and can help guide the conversation on the assistance you might need. If you're planning on having a baby, regular women's health screenings can determine how ready your body is to do so. If you're not wanting to have a baby, your health screening appointment is the perfect time to talk with your OB/GYN about what preventative options are available to you.
The importance of your appointment
Beyond the screenings, it's important to schedule regular women's health checkups so that you can ask a specialist about any obstetric or gynecologic concerns you might have. An OB/GYN specializes in women's health and can answer questions related to painful periods, heavy periods, irregular menstruation and so much more.
Women's Health at Logansport Memorial Hospital
Our board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists are experts in all aspects of the female reproductive health system -- from routine services and procedures, including annual exams and preventative screenings, to compassionate care during your pregnancy and childbirth experience.
Some of the conditions that our OB/GYNs see and treat include:
- Bladder infections
- Cervical dysplasia
- Menopause and perimenopause
- Overactive bladder
- Pregnancy and high risk pregnancy
For a full list of our OB/GYN services, click here.