New Pap Smear Guidelines (Feat. Dr. Joanna Wilson)

Interview Dr. Joanna Wilson, ADC | KFDA, News Channel 10, Amarillo

Interview Dr. Joanna Wilson, ADC | KFDA, News Channel 10, Amarillo

Joanna Wilson, D. O. Internal Medicine specializing in Women's Health

Joanna Wilson, D. O.
Internal Medicine specializing in Women’s Health

Annual exams are now not really annual. The recommendations for Pap Smears have changed.

It’s recommended now that Pap Smear screening should start at age 21 and for most women, they can stop screening at age 65.

The reason for this is because the quality of Pap Smear screening has improved so much. No longer are we taking samples and smearing them on a slide to examine them. Now, they can take all the cells and examine them thoroughly with more sensitivity. Therefore, we can know that exams don’t have to be annual since the samples are quality. The samples are much better quality now then they once were.

The ability to reduce screening while increasing sensitivity is a unique thing in this day and age. It means you don’t have to be anxious about getting a Pap Smear once a year. For people who aren’t comfortable skipping their annual exam, by all means go to the annual exam to learn the other things you need such as blood pressure, weight and other things.

But the quality of the samples are so good now, and since we know so much more about the human papillomavirus – how it changes the cells an  what the timeline is  – we can, with very good science, say that screening every 3 years without the HPV add-on, or we can screen every 5 years with that test. We’re in good hands.

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Event: Keeping Your Female Hinges Healthy (HerCare)

Joint Lecture at HerCare Ball and Socket, Pivot, Gliding and more

Presented by Joanna Wilson, D.O., NCMP
Women’s Health Physician
HerCare at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic
  • Learn about joint anatomy
  • Learn about the most effective exercises to prevent joint pain
  • Discuss the role that over the counter supplements play in joint health


May 3rd, 2013

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, PA Lobby, Building B

RSVP (806) 356-5520 by May 2nd


Lecture: Shhhh… The Sexy Science of the Secret Revolution

Shhh... The Sexy Science of the Secret Revolution

How Is A Woman’s Sleep Unique?

From the experts at ADC’s HerCare

ImageHow well a woman sleeps has an effect on her quality of life. Being a woman, you probably know that there has been very little research on the sleep problems that only occur in women. If you suffered sleep problems, you may gave found healthcare professionals did not always take your sleep complaints seriously. Recent studies, however, have focused on women’s sleep patterns, needs and special problems. Did you know, for instance, that women are twice as likely as men to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

Research has also shown that women’s sleep changes over time. In general, women sleep most soundly and are least likely to have sleep troubles when they are young adults. Sleep problems in young adulthood are usually related to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and motherhood. Also, young women who live a fast-paced lifestyle often cut back on sleep and ignore signs of fatigue, which can lead to daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and other daytime problems.

As women age, physical and hormonal changes affect the quality of sleep. Older women get less deep sleep and are more likely to wake up at night. Physical factors–such as arthritis, disorders of breathing, or hot flashes–may also disturb their sleep.

Sleep may also be disturbed when women feel stress, depression, fear or other strong emotions.

Getting enough sleep is very important to everyone’s life. Women who take care of home, work and family should know that getting sleep can improve concentration, job perfomance, social interaction, relationships and overall well-being.

“Let’s Talk Menopause” Free Lecture – October 26

Call Mary at 356-5520 to RSVP – Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic Free Lecture