Women's Health Specialist

Select Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

Women have unique reproductive health needs. Select Family Practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers comprehensive women’s health services at their comfortable and convenient office. Women of all ages are welcome for care ranging from Pap smears and birth control advice to menopause management services. Call Select Family Practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Women's Health

What services are included in women’s health?

The team at Select Family Practice provides women’s health services for women of all ages. Available services include:

Pap smears

A Pap smear is a simple test for cervical cancer. It’s a critical part of preventive health care for women as cervical cancer doesn’t usually cause any warning signs. Women should start to have Pap smears when they turn 21 or become sexually active. 

Birth control advice

The team at Select Family Practice can help you find the type of birth control that’s best for you and your lifestyle. They offer oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), birth control injections, and customized advice. 

Abnormal period assessment and treatment

Around 30% of women have irregular periods. An abnormal period occurs outside of the standard 28-day (plus or minus seven days) cycle or is so heavy that you need to change your sanitary product as often as once an hour for several hours. Abnormal periods could be due to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. 

Menopause management

As you approach and reach menopause, your hormones fluctuate significantly, which can cause a variety of disruptive symptoms like hot flashes, irritability, and libido loss. The team at Select Family Practice offers advice and care to manage your symptoms and help you maintain a high quality of life. 

What are common women’s health issues?

Women are vulnerable to a variety of reproductive and urinary health issues. Common women’s health issues include:

  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Gynecological cancers (ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar)
  • Fertility problems
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Osteoporosis

Women also are also at risk of heart disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and other health issues. 

Additionally, while pregnancy and menopause aren’t conditions, women still need specialized care to navigate these changes to their lives and health. 

How often do I need a women’s health exam?

You should have a women’s health exam once every year, even if you feel healthy. Many health conditions don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, and the preventive screenings included in your annual exam can identify disease as early as possible. 

You might not need a Pap smear every year. The team at Select Family Practice provides customized advice on how often you should have this test. 

If you’re due for a women’s health exam, call Select Family Practice or make an appointment online today.