Women’s Health Specialist

Ahearn & Associates Medical Center

General Medicine & Family and Wellness Doctors located in Kewanee, IL

Women’s physical and mental wellness depends on several factors, including genetics, environment, socialization, and anatomy. At Ahearn & Associates Medical Center in Kewanee, Illinois, Michael Ahearn, MD, Karol O’Neill, MS, APRN, BC-FNP, and their team provide women’s health examinations and other services for the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of various health conditions. To learn more about women’s health, call Ahearn & Associates Medical Center, or schedule an appointment online today.

Women’s Health Q&A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is a branch of health care that addresses the unique needs of women and their bodies. Often, this branch of health care is also called gynecology.

Women’s health care addresses the many diseases that solely affect women or affect women disproportionately compared to men. The Ahearn & Associates Medical Center team has extensive education and training to address women’s health concerns at all stages of their lives, from adolescence to late adulthood.

When you come for your regular women’s health visits, the team reviews your medical history and asks about any new developments regarding your health and wellness. They prioritize preventive health care and screenings to prevent diseases or diagnose them in very early stages. 

Which conditions specifically affect women?

If you’re a woman, your reproductive system includes your vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. The reproductive system is highly complex and undergoes many unique processes, including menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. 

The Ahearn & Associates Medical Center team can guide you through these changes and help maintain your health as you age. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of these and other conditions, which affect women either exclusively or more often than men:

  • Menstruation irregularities
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Vaginal yeast infections

The team can also treat complications associated with women’s health, like perimenopausal symptoms and complications. 

Which services does women’s health care include?

One of the most important parts of women’s health care is your annual women’s health examination. This visit includes a pelvic exam, a breast exam, and in many cases, a Pap smear. During this assessment, your provider checks for abnormalities that could indicate some form of disease or dysfunction. 

The Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer and happens every three years rather than every year. You should also be sure to note any unusual symptoms or changes you’ve noticed since your last visit during these exam appointments. 

Other treatments and services to promote women’s health include:

  • Bone density testing
  • Mammograms
  • Hormone testing 
  • Hormone therapy
  • Contraception management and family planning

Women’s health visits don’t just include treatments and services for reproductive health; the team can help you address other conditions and concerns like mental health disorders, skin conditions, and cardiovascular health.

To book your next appointment for women’s health, call Ahearn & Associates Medical Center, or schedule online today.