Women & Children Care Center
Experts recommend that teenage girls have their first visit to a gynaecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. This is a time of many physical and emotional changes. It is normal to have questions and concerns about your body and your health at this time. We offer a safe and caring atmosphere with accurate and complete health information.
Early care ensures that you have a trusted source to turn to for information and care. We are here if you have concerns relating to irregular periods, pelvic pain, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, pregnancy, or other issues.
Some girls want their mothers to join them during the visit with the doctor, while others choose to come on their own. Either way is fine but our providers will always ask to spend part of the visit one-on-one with our patient. The information discussed during this time is private and just between you and your doctor.
Our doctors offer additional training and focus on teen health issues. We are here to help navigate the teenage years.
Every woman experiences menopause differently. Most women enter perimenopause, the transitional years leading up to menopause, in their 40s. On average, women reach menopause, when the menstrual cycle stops permanently, around age 51.
You may experience uncomfortable symptoms, or you may notice little difference in your body. No matter your experience, our experts are here to help you navigate this challenging (but often rewarding and liberating!) time in your life. We can help you:
- Deal with the physical and emotional changes associated with menopause.
- Decide if hormone therapy is right for you.
- Learn how to reduce your risk for heart disease, osteoporosis and other changes associated with menopause.
Menopause is medically defined as occurring twelve months after your last menstrual period. As menopause nears, the ovaries make less estrogen. One of the earliest and most common signs that menopause may be approaching is a change in your menstrual periods. You may skip one or more periods. The amount of flow may become lighter or heavier. Bleeding may last a shorter or longer time than is usual for you.
Even though periods tend to be irregular at this time, you should be aware of bleeding that is not normal for you. This could be a sign of a problem. Talk to your health care provider if you:
- Notice a change in your monthly cycle.
- Have very heavy bleeding with clots.
- Have bleeding that lasts longer than normal.
- Bleed more often than every three weeks.
- Bleed after sex or between periods.
At some point, your ovaries stop making enough of the hormones needed to thicken the lining of your uterus. This is when your menstrual periods stop completely.
Menopause also can occur when your ovaries are surgically removed. This may trigger severe symptoms because your hormone levels decrease all at once.
Although the removal of the uterus (a hysterectomy) ends menstrual periods, it will not cause menopause unless your ovaries also are removed. If your ovaries remain after surgery, typically you will go through menopause around the usual age.
What to expect
- Hot Flashes
- Sleep Problems
- Vaginal and Urinary Tract Changes
- Bone and Other Body Changes
- Emotional Changes
Eating a balanced diet will help you stay healthy before, during and after menopause. It is important to eat a variety of foods to make sure you get all the essential nutrients. Choose a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Also, be sure to include enough calcium and Vitamin D in your diet to help maintain strong bones. Women aged 51 years and older need 1,200 mg of calcium per day. The National Institutes of Health recommends 1,500 mg of calcium per day for postmenopausal women who do not take hormone therapy and all women older than 65 years.
It can be hard to get enough calcium from eating dairy products and certain vegetables, so you should consider using calcium supplements. Ask your primary care provider about a supplement to slow bone loss and for guidance on how much to take. Calcium cannot be absorbed without vitamin D. Milk that is fortified with vitamin D is one of the best sources. Another is sunlight. You also can use vitamin D supplements to get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D. Your provider can help you determine how much to take.
Exercise is very important, especially as you get older. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, relieve stress, and even slow down bone loss.
The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends moderate aerobic activity five days per week, and strength training exercises two days per week. Multiple studies have shown this level of exercise will help decrease obesity, depression, hypertension and diabetes. Try aerobic activities like walking, hiking, swimming or biking. When strength training, choose weights that challenge your muscles after 10-12 repetitions.
4. Pregnancy Care/ Birthing
Choosing an ob/gyn doctor for your pregnancy
Our ob-gyn doctors can provide care from pregnancy planning through the birth of your baby and beyond. We know that every birth is unique and every baby is a special gift. We are honored to be your trusted provider during this exciting time.
Trusted expertise and information
Our providers will support you through every aspect of your pregnancy. Care from your ob-gyn doctor will include:
- Care and screenings before pregnancy
- Complete prenatal care for mom and baby
- Prenatal screening and ultrasound
- Nutritional counselling and guidance
- Labor and birth care
- Services and support for a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC)
- Follow-up care including birth control, counselling and postpartum depression screening
Your partner in pregnancy
Pregnancy is a very important and exciting time. As your partner throughout the journey, we want you to feel comfortable in every way. We encourage you to ask questions and express your concerns and wishes. Our goal is to offer you complete information and options for care.