Women's Health

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Women's Health
Women's Health services offered in Anchorage and Soldotna, AK

Each stage of life brings new changes and health challenges for women. At Health North Family Medicine, LLC, in Anchorage and Soldotna, Alaska, the providers provide professional and compassionate women’s health care for female patients of all ages. Call Health North Family Medicine, LLC, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about women’s health care.

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is a medical specialty that concentrates on health concerns and biological changes that almost exclusively affect women. As women age, they experience many changes that don’t affect men, including menstruation and menopause.

Regular care from an experienced health care provider, like the integrative medicine specialists at Health North Family Medicine, LLC, can help protect your health as you age.

What health concerns affect women?

Some of the most common health concerns that primarily affect women include:

Pelvic pain

The pelvic area sits between the abdomen and the top of the thighs. Many ailments can cause pelvic pain in men and women. However, it’s far more common in women and often connected to the reproductive organs, including the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

Pelvic pain can feel like a sharp jab, dull ache, or burning discomfort that comes and goes. Heavy periods, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids are common causes of pelvic pain in women.

Heavy periods

Menorrhagia refers to abnormally long or heavy periods in which you may soak through feminine hygiene products, like pads or tampons, once every hour. Heavy periods can indicate uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and even certain types of cancer.

Menopause

Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive years, where her period stops. During this time, you may experience a drop in estrogen production. That hormone imbalance can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

UTIs can affect any part of the urinary tract, from the bladder through the ureters. A UTI can lead to a burning sensation when urinating. You may also pass small amounts of urine frequently. While UTIs can affect men, they’re far more common in women.

Certain types of cancer

Many types of cancer disproportionately affect women, including breast, ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer.

What is included in women’s health care?

Health North Family Medicine, LLC, offers many services for women’s health, including:

  • Contraception counseling
  • Pelvic exams
  • Breast exams
  • Pap smears for cervical cancer
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT) for menopause
  • Antibiotics for UTIs

To learn more about women’s health, call Health North Family Medicine, LLC, today or schedule an appointment online.