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Well Woman Care

Desoto Family Care Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Southaven, MS & Olive Branch, MS

Whether a woman needs birth control, treatment for a urinary tract infection, chronic disease management, or wants to stop hot flashes at menopause, they deserve a provider who understands their concerns and provides compassionate care. That’s the type of well-woman care you can depend on from Diosan Powell, FNP, Cynthia Burchfield, FNP, and Danielle Bradley, FNP, at Desoto Family Care Clinic. They offer individualized and comprehensive care that helps women stay healthy and well throughout life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Southaven, Mississippi, or request an appointment online today.

Well Woman Care Q&A

What is well-woman care?

Well-woman care refers to services women need to prevent and treat gynecological problems and support their general health. Your well-woman care includes visits when problems arise. But the heart of your care involves regular exams that focus on preventing health problems.

Many gynecological problems develop inside your body for years before they cause symptoms. When you schedule annual well-woman exams, your provider can detect signs of problems at an early stage, while treatment can prevent it from turning into a serious condition.

Who should get well-woman care?

Young women should schedule their first exam between the ages of 13-15. At this point, the focus is on introducing them to well-woman care and answering any questions they might have.

Young women don’t usually need a pelvic exam unless they’re sexually active or have symptoms such as irregular periods and pain during their periods.

All women should have a complete pelvic exam and Pap smear at the age of 21. Then they should schedule well-woman exams annually after that.

What services will I receive during well-woman care?

Desoto Family Care Clinic offers a wide range of well-woman services, including:

Pelvic exams
  • Breast exams
  • Pap smears
  • HPB testing
  • Birth control
  • STD testing
  • Weight management
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment for urinary tract infections
  • Chronic disease management
  • Menopause management
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Health screenings

As part of your well-woman care, your provider recommends health screenings based on the current guidelines, your age, and risk factors. They screen for chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Your provider refers you to a trusted facility when it’s time for a mammogram (breast cancer screening), bone density exam (osteoporosis screening), or a colonoscopy (colon cancer screening).

Why do I need a Pap smear or HPV test during well-woman care?

Pap smears and human papillomavirus (HPV) tests screen for cervical cancer. A Pap smear shows the presence of abnormal and/or cancerous cells, while an HPV test reveals if the virus is present. HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer. 

Routine Pap smears and/or HPV tests (depending on your risk factors) find cancerous changes at an early stage. Then you can have the tissues removed before cancer develops or has a chance to spread.

To schedule well-woman care, call Desoto Family Care Clinic or book an appointment online today.