Women have a unique set of health care needs. Our team offers comprehensive women’s health services to address them.
To schedule a women’s health appointment with a member of our team, call Ithaca Primary Care or book online today.
Women’s Health Q&A
What is a women’s health exam?
Women’s health exams address the unique needs associated with a woman’s reproductive and general health. These exams help identify potential health problems early and prevent others from developing in the future.
A women’s health exam might include blood tests, immunizations like the flu shot, changes in your overall health, and educational information about age-related health issues. Our team addresses your reproductive health needs, such as birth control needs, pelvic exams, and appropriate screenings.
What types of birth control are available?
Our team works closely with you to identify the most effective contraceptive for your unique situation. Options include:
- Vaginal ring
- Birth control pills
- Intrauterine device (IUD); and
- Implants, patches, or shots.
What is a Pap test?
A Pap test, a standard screening for cervical cancer, is performed during a pelvic exam. Routine Pap tests usually begin at the age of 21. During a pelvic exam, the assistant uses specialized instruments to enable the provider to scrape cells from the cervix.
Why is STD testing important?
Despite practicing safe sex with a single partner, STD testing is important for several reasons. This can protect your reproductive health and reduce the spread of STDs from one person to another. Although STDs are very common and spread easily, many STDs can be transmitted without sexual intercourse. Approximately 20 million new STD infections are diagnosed in the United States each year.
Common STDs include herpes, syphilis, HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Because many STDs do not have symptoms, routine STD testing is the best way to detect an infection.
If symptoms are present, they might include unusual vaginal discharge, pain or burning during urination or intercourse, or sores or bumps around the genitals or buttocks. Additionally, flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and chills may occur.
During a pelvic exam, a clinician checks the genitals for sores, rashes, warts, irritation, or discharge. A clinician might take a tissue sample for additional testing or may recommend blood testing.