At AxessPointe, we offer access to comprehensive women’s healthcare services for patients of all ages. Whether you are scheduling a visit for your annual wellness visit, embracing a new pregnancy, or have a concern regarding pelvic pain, we are your go-to resource. AxessPointe’s team includes experienced healthcare providers who listen to their patients and address their concerns.
For women, proper and regular care is absolutely necessary to maintain good health and be proactive in preventing risks. Not only is it important for your health, but also for your baby’s health throughout pregnancy.
Prenatal Care | Health Care During Pregnancy
Prenatal care is when you get regular check-ups from your trusted doctor or nurse practitioner at AxessPointe for the duration of your pregnancy. It is an important step to ensuring a healthy future for your newborn baby. During these check-ups, our care providers monitor the growth and development of your baby. Additionally, we address any concerns that may arise such as irregular weight changes or spotting. Keep in mind that prenatal care isn’t only important if you think something is wrong. Prenatal care can begin before you even know you’re pregnant.
If you’re planning on welcoming a little one into the world, pre-pregnancy planning is an important step to take when possible. Planning is just another measure to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. Visit us at AxessPointe beforehand to talk through your medical history. Our doctors and nurses will consider both your physical and mental health and take any proactive measures that might be necessary such as a screening. Planning your pregnancy can help us predict high-risk pregnancies. Though rare, high-risk pregnancies do occur and pre-pregnancy planning and prenatal care allow us to carefully monitor both of our patients.
When Should I Schedule Pre-Natal Care?
As we mentioned, if you can, schedule pre-pregnancy planning before you conceive. If not possible, schedule your first appointment once you realize you are pregnant. We care for every one of our patients based on their own specific needs. The frequency of appointments will depend on how far along you are and if there are any risks involved with your pregnancy. However, here is the general rule of thumb:
- Weeks 4-28: Monthly Appointment
- Weeks 28-36: Biweekly Appointment or Once every two weeks
- Weeks 36-40: Weekly Appointment
OBGYN | Women’s Health Specialists
Physical health and sexuality both affect your mental health and overall wellbeing. Find a care provider you can trust with AxessPointe’s experienced Women’s Health Specialists. We provide and encourage an open line of communication where you can ask all the questions you need to get the facts about your sexual health.
Birth Control | Various Methods for Various Solutions
In addition to preventing pregnancy, birth control is useful for many other reasons. Birth control can help regulate your hormones, protect against STDs, and help with periods. There are countless methods of birth control such as the pill, an IUD, a quarterly shot, or even a patch. Each alternative offers its own unique advantages. For example, a birth control pill can help regulate your period, limit the associated pain, and reduce the impact of your hormones. Keep in mind that just because one type of pill didn’t work for you, doesn’t mean none of them will. Different pills behave uniquely for each patient based on the active ingredient. This little detail can make the entire difference for our patients once it regulates in their system (typically three months).
It is natural to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when talking about birth control for the first time. We encourage you to be open when talking to our providers. Our providers need all of the information they can get in order to find the best solution for you.
Regular Appointments Detect Abnormalities
It is important to make regular appointments with an OB/GYN or women’s health specialist. Our doctors and nurses are familiar with your history and can help detect abnormalities before they become a larger risk. Abnormalities can include anything from burning while urinating to a lump under your armpit. Keep in mind that a change in your body isn’t an immediate cause for panic. For example, a lump under your armpit, commonly associated with breast cancer, can be as simple as an ingrown hair. Just be open and honest with your doctor or nurse practitioner regarding any concerns so we can help you to the best of our ability. Our team has the knowledge and resources to diagnose and get you the treatment necessary.
Schedule Your Wellness Visit
Wellness visits are also known as “well-woman” visits, pelvic exams, or a gynecological visit. Regardless of what you call it, wellness visits are important yearly exams for you and your reproductive health.
When should I schedule my visit?
The first wellness visit is typically between the ages of 13-15. During this time, you can discuss your period and any concerns you might have such as pain, heavy bleeding, and irregularities. Your provider will also make sure you are up-to-date on all vaccines such as HPV. If you are sexually active or planning to become sexually active, you can discuss birth control and STD testing during this time.
Around the age of 21 is when pelvic exams, pap tests, and breast examinations begin. This isn’t anything to be nervous about. These are simple, standard tests that check for early signs of cervical and breast cancer.
The regularity of your exams may vary depending on your health, but typically exams are once a year through your adult life. A key role of OB/GYN care includes preventative care. This is why we have regular exams and testing. We want to stay ahead before an abnormality turns into a risk. Not only that, but we can help prepare you and ensure you are in your best health if you are planning on becoming pregnant.
Am I too old to schedule a visit?
Definitely not. There is no age limit on caring about your physical and reproductive health. However, when you approach your late 40s and early 50s, you enter the age where menopause typically occurs. Menopause is a natural process that happens at this age. During this phase, your ovaries stop making estrogen, your hormones slow down, and you stop having periods. You may not be worried about birth control anymore, but menopause has effects of its own. This includes minor annoyances such as the infamous hot flashes and more serious concerns such as bone loss. Our doctors and nurses are happy to guide you through this process and manage the symptoms of menopause.
Women’s Health Services | Schedule Today with AxessPointe
AxessPointe addresses all questions and concerns you have during every phase of your life. Whether you are a young teen experiencing abnormally painful period cramps or a woman wishing to limit the risk of bone loss during menopause, we have the answers. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our experienced healthcare providers.