Care in Your Forties & Fifties
During a woman's 40s and 50s, the child bearing years have or will be completed. These years are often the years we find that woman most often fail to receive regularly scheduled GYN care. These years are vital years that regular scheduled well visits can help to find health issues early or help maintain good health. These are typically peri-menopausal years where normal menstrual periods are interrupted.
Since we are a GYN specialist, we encourage you to also have a primary care provider.
Annual Well Visit
An annual well woman visit is important for overall healthcare. It is vital that these visits occur when well, and that problem visits be scheduled separately Woman who have a negative PAP Smear and negative HPV test can continue to have annual exams, and will only require a PAP every 3 years. Factors such as a change in sexual partners, may be a reason to have a PAP Smear sooner than 3 years. We recommend speaking with your healthcare provider to determine your personalized health care plan.
MammogramsIt is recommended that a baseline be performed at the age of 40. Timing of mammograms after 40 should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Additional mammogram testing may be ordered based on the need for diagnostic imaging.
Common Issues & Concerns
Anytime there is a GYN related concern, we encourage the benefit of an evaluation by one of our practitioners.
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Painful Periods (Dysmennorrhea)
- Heavy Periods, with or without Anemia
- Irregular or Missed Periods (Amenorrhea)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pelvic Pain
- Vaginal Discharge or Odor
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Ovarian Torsion
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Birth Control Counseling and Methods
- Long-acting Contraceptive Methods (IUDs and Implants)
- Urinary Incontinence
- Botox and other treatments for Urinary Urgency
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, FDA Approved
To learn more about a specific concern or health condition, visit our medical library.