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Women’s Wellness

Well-woman care refers to the practice of supporting the health and proper functioning of the female reproductive system by a medical professional. Any medical provider who has been trained in this area can provide this care. Hope Woman’s Clinic is unique in our approach as we make a promise to our patients to not provide any medication or treatment that would intentionally harm the function of a woman’s reproductive system.

For this reason, we will not prescribe hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills, IUD, implants, etc. as a part of our gynecologic care. All of these medications are harmful to women and do not truly treat any disease process. If you feel that you have been given this medication to treat another medical disorder, please make an appointment with us to discuss better treatment options. We encourage our patients to become familiar with their bodies and to appreciate the gift of their fertility. We want women to know that reproductive health is a measure of overall health. We work with the woman to properly diagnose and treat many different reproductive concerns with the ultimate goal of health of her whole person.


When Do I Need to Start Receiving Wellness Exams?

We recommend that girls see a pediatrician yearly during puberty to help her understand her changing body. Dr. Caldwell is a board-certified pediatrician who can help with this transition if desired.

Wellness visits are not always for a pelvic exam (unless you are sexually active). In fact, these visits are important in building a relationship with your doctor and talking about subjects such as sexually transmitted infections, abstinence, fertility appreciation and to discuss any irregularities you may be having in your menstrual cycle. Once you are sexually active, you need to start seeing a doctor once a year for pelvic exams as recommended by ACOG. If you are not sexually active, you should see a doctor by the age of 21 or sooner if needed for another reason.

Breast self-examination (BSE) should be performed at the same time each month. The best time in your cycle to perform a BSE is just after your menstrual period has ended. This takes very little time, costs nothing and can help you become more aware of how your breasts normally look and feel. Breast self-exams should be started when you are 20-years-old. If you discover any changes, report it to your doctor immediately. Regular breast exams by your doctor should also be initiated at age 20. Mammograms should be started annually once you turn 40 and continued until age 70. After that, it is between you and your doctor as to whether or not you should continue receiving mammograms. There are many helpful websites with illustrations that can help you learn how to conduct a BSE, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can also ask your doctor for instructions.


Healthy Sexual Practices

The gift of our sexuality is so special. Security in marriage keeps women honored and protected. Our sexuality is so much more than sex itself. It is emotional, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual. The fear of getting pregnant, contracting a STD, going against your values and abandonment by your partner is real. These fears decrease when sexual activity is delayed.

Abstinence is the only 100% effective way of preventing pregnancy and eliminating the fears previously mentioned. If you decide to practice abstinence, you decide to delay having sex until you are married. Complete abstinence means avoiding all types of genital contact (vaginal, anal, and oral). By practicing complete abstinence, you can be positive that you will not become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection.

Data has shown that teens who delay sex until marriage are less likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection, to have children outside of marriage, to live in poverty and welfare dependence as adults, to become depressed and attempt suicide, to be expelled from school and to drop out of school. Teens practicing abstinence are more likely to attend and graduate from college. They are also more likely to have a stable and enduring marriage as adults.

In order for us to truly appreciate, value and respect our bodies, we first need to learn more about how our bodies are designed. Your gift of fertility gives you the unique ability to understand and appreciate your body. By understanding and interpreting our body’s natural cycle, we are in control of our fertility.

This is where Hope Woman’s Clinic can help! Our doctor, nurses and practitioners are all professionally trained on the knowledge of fertility and healthy sexual practices. Our fertility appreciation program provides a natural and effective way to learn about the female reproductive system. Click here to learn more.

 

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REFERENCES:

Rector, Robert (2005, October). Teenage sexual abstinence and academic achievement. Retrieved January 23, 2009, from The Heritage Foundation website.
Lowdermilk, D., & Perry, S. (2003). Maternity nursing. St. Louis: Mosby.
(2008, April). Mammogram facts and guidelines. Retrieved January 9, 2009, from National Women’s Health Resource Center website.
(2008). Breast awareness and breast self-exam. Retrieved January 9, 2009, from Frequently Asked Questions at the womenshealth.gov website.