To All The Ladies: Your Unique Healthcare

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Some information provided by the National Institute of Health.

Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic offers health services that exclusively focuses on women and their life transitions. ADC offers gender-specific medicine simply because women and men experience health and disease differently. HerCare offers a variety of different Woman’s health solutions including:

  • Sexual health including sexual dysfunction
  • Preoperative risk assessment
  • Cardiovascular risk profile and prevention
  • Midlife hormone management therapy
  • Osteoporosis and treatments including Bisphosphonate alternatives
  • Vulvar diseases
  • Well-woman exams

Gender Specific Science

It’s no secret that there are vast differences in reproductive health between men and women, however, there are also several other ways that men’s health differs from women’s. For example, men and women both experience different symptoms for the same medical problem. Men are also at higher risk of developing certain conditions, such as toxic occupational exposure, and women are at higher risk of developing others, such as osteoporosis, or thinning bones. Because there are differences in men’s and women’s health, different approaches are sometimes taken to prevent and treat various health conditions.

Women’s Health

Did you know that studies have shown that women live longer than men? Women live an average of 5 years longer, but they tend to be “sicker” than men. Despite a longer lifespan, there are conditions that might affect women primarily or more severely than men. For example, almost 12% of women in the United States are at risk for developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of existing breast cancer cases. Certain health issues and their different effects on women are listed below:

  • Alcohol abuse: While men are more likely to become dependent on, or addicted to, alcohol than women are throughout their lifetime, the health effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism (when someone shows signs of addiction to alcohol) are more serious in women.
  • Heart disease: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Although heart disease is also the leading cause of death for men in the United States, women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men are.
  • Mental health: Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men are.
  • Osteoarthritis: Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability in the United States. The condition affects almost 27 million people, and affects more women than men.
  • Reproductive health: Women are able to carry and deliver babies.
  • Urinary tract health: Women are more likely than men are to experience urinary tract problems. For example, urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as men due to the way the female urinary tract is structured.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases: The effect of STDs/STIs on women can be more serious than on men. Untreated STDs/STIs cause infertility in at least 24,000 women each year in the United States.
  • Stress: According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, stress is on the rise for women. Women are more likely to report having stress, and almost 50% of all women in the survey, compared to 39% of the men, reported that their stress had increased over the past 5 years.
  • Stroke: More women than men suffer a stroke each year.

Women and men experience health and disease differently, which is why “Her Care” matters. Take control of your health today! Contact us if you have any questions or to set up an appointment.

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Essential Information: Midlife Hormone Management Therapy

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Mid-Life hormone management therapy is available to help women who are dealing with the not-so-fun side effects of menopause. As women get older, their bodies start to produce less estrogen. Most women recognize this process as menopause, and have experienced first hand or heard about the series of symptoms that comes along with this unavoidable milestone. Some side effects of menopause could alter your quality of life.

Side Effects Of Menopause

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Increased anxiety or irritability
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Vaginal changes

These side effects are not enjoyable for anyone. Fortunately, there are ways to replace the hormones that a woman is lacking. This is called hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The therapy supplies the estrogen (and a progesterone type hormone, called a progestin, to reduce the risk of uterine cancer from estrogen alone for women who have not had a hysterectomy).

Women can have the option of hormone replacement therapy for as long as they receive the associated benefits and are aware of the risks for their personal circumstances. They can try to go without hormone replacement therapy every few years, but menopausal symptoms in some women can last for many years.

Who Should Consider Midlife hormonal treatment?

Although there are some health risks, systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms. The good news is that benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you’re healthy and are experiencing symptoms of menopause.

With the onset of menopause, the amount of natural estrogen and progesterone the ovaries produce drops distinctly. As a result, your body can start to experience symptoms such as: as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, mood changes, and sleep problems.

Additionally, it can also boost the risk of osteoporosis. By replenishing the body’s estrogen supply, hormone therapy can help relieve menopause symptoms and guard against osteoporosis.

Who Should Not Consider Hormone Therapy? 

Women with breast cancer,  heart disease, liver disease, or a history of blood clots or  women who are not experiencing menopausal symptoms, are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy.

Finally…

To determine if hormone therapy is a good treatment option for you, contact us to set up an appointment or talk about your individual symptoms and health risks. Be sure to keep the doctors updated on your menopausal years.

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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