Women's health refers to the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being.
Women's health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as:
PREVENTATIVE CARE AND SCREENINGS
Preventative care for women includes the following services:
Breast self-exam instruction may also be included.
BREAST CARE SERVICES
Breast care services include the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, which may involve:
The breast care services team may also diagnose and treat noncancerous conditions of the breast, including:
SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES
Your sexual health is an important part of your overall well-being. Women's sexual health services may include:
GYNECOLOGY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES
Gynecology and reproductive health services may include the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions and diseases, including:
PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH SERVICES
Regular prenatal care is an important part of every pregnancy. Pregnancy and childbirth services include:
Infertility specialists are an important part of the women's health services team. Infertility services may include:
Types of infertility treatments that may be offered include:
BLADDER CARE SERVICES
The women's health services team can also help diagnose and treat bladder-related conditions. Bladder-related conditions that may affect women can include:
If you have a bladder condition, your women's health specialist may recommend that you do Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor.
OTHER WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES
TREATMENTS AND PROCEDURES
Members of the women's health services team perform a variety of different treatments and procedures. Among the most common are:
WHO TAKES CARE OF YOU
The women's health services team includes doctors and health care providers from a variety of different specialties. The team may include:
This list may not be all-inclusive.
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Review Date: 1/14/2018
Reviewed By: John D. Jacobson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Center for Fertility, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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