Brown Family Practice
Crystal Brown, M.D.
Family Medicine located in Fort Valley, GA
Women have unique health concerns, such as birth control or cervical cancer, and they’re also affected differently by some health issues. For example, women are more likely than men to have urinary tract problems. Dr. Crystal Brown and her staff offer the highest quality care for women of all ages. If you need women’s healthcare in the Fort Valley, Georgia, area, call Brown Family Practice or request an appointment online.
Women's Health Q & A
What is an annual exam for women?
An annual exam for women, which is sometimes called a well-woman visit, is a yearly checkup with your doctor to talk about your health and to get preventive screenings. In general, at an annual women’s health exam, you:
- Talk about your family history, health habits, birth control, and more
- Get preventive screenings and exams
- Establish your health goals, such as weight loss and exercise
It’s a good time to bring up any health concerns you have or to ask any questions about your body. Dr. Brown and her staff provide an open and non-judgmental environment and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.
What are women’s health issues?
Gynecological or women’s health issues are problems related to the female reproductive organs, including the breasts, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and external genitalia. Some of the most common gynecological symptoms include abnormal vaginal bleeding, changes in vaginal discharge, vaginal itching or burning, pain during intercourse, and pelvic pain.
What are the most common STDs and when should I get tested?
An important part of women’s health is knowing how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and getting tested or vaccinated when it’s recommended.
Dr. Brown and her staff make it easy for you to be open and honest with her about your sexual history, so they can help you prevent STDs and treat them if necessary.
The most common STD is human papillomavirus (HPV); in fact, most sexually active adults will get one type of HPV in their lifetime. Most people never get symptoms, and nine out of 10 infections will go away on their own after two years. However, certain types of HPV can cause cancers, genital warts, and other diseases, so it can be serious.
HPV is detected through Pap tests and HPV testing. There is a vaccine for HPV, which is recommended for all women up to the age of 26.
For other STDs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea: once a year for sexually active women under 25, and once a year for women over 25 with risk factors like new or multiple partners
- HIV: at least once during their lifetime for teens and adults ages 13-64, and once a year for those with risk factors
If you need STD testing, an annual exam, or are experiencing any women’s health issues, Dr. Brown can help. To make an appointment, call the office or schedule an appointment online.