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Womens Health and Family Care
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I'm Dr. Laura lip old I'm a family medicine trained physician and I completed a fellowship in women's health. And I'm director of a program here at the Cleveland Clinic called Primary Care Women's Health.
And we're a network of primary care physicians who really have a special interest and competency in providing health care for women across the ages great excellent.
Ok so I want to kind of talk about first, the difference in risk factors and symptoms in women and men. And how that plays a role in a woman seeing a primary care physician or a woman's health specialists.
You know the difference in the two and why we should be seeing women's health primary care physician. So to start off with question is so we know that women are biologically different than men for a lot of different reasons.
They have different hormones, they have different body makeup, they have different fat composition and they have different enzyme levels for all of these women.
For all these differences, there can be some differences in terms of how diseases impact women versus men how they present what symptoms. They may have what their prognosis may be. And what treatments may be more specific or better tailored for them sure.
So, then Part B I think talking a little bit more about when it's appropriate to see a primary care woman's health physician right. So, we can take care of really a broad spectrum of women's health needs.
We also can provide gynecological care typically the non specialized non obstetric will care for women. So for example, if a female has some type of GYN malignancies meaning the cancer.
Or if they're having complicated gynecological issues they may need to see a specialist in GYN. Or if they're pregnant that would not be appropriate or within their scope of care that we do provide.
For example, we can care for a lot of things like osteoporosis managing menopause contraception screening taking care of their diabetes addressing their depression. And addressing their sleep concerns okay wide array of things.
So to me as a patient what are the benefits of having a primary care woman's health the physician. So the real benefits going to be one-stop shopping. And So for women who really like to receive their care in one place with one provider.
That's really going to be the real benefit of that whole picture. It could be a family thing too, if you have daughters absolutely. And so for those of us especially family medicine physicians who do provide womens health and family care Scopus Services.
We have the benefit of seeing multiple generations of women in the same family. Now do you get to collaborate with other women's health specialists with your patients as well sure and especially here at the Cleveland Clinic.
We have the benefit of having a lot of specialists and subspecialists in women's health. So for example we have, if we identify a patient of ours who could maybe benefit from preventive Women's Health Cardiology.
And we can make that referral, if we have a patient who can maybe benefit from seeing somebody in under chronology who has a specialized women's health care need.
We can do that and we certainly collaborate very closely with our OBGYN colleagues. As well excellent great now do you offer a yearly pap exams as well.
So, we do offer annual preventive care for women okay. And certainly with our guidelines that may not necessarily require an annual Pap Test. But that is one important service that we can provide.
And I think another benefit of seeing a primary care woman's health provider is that you're really going to minimize overlapping visits or preventive care.
And so instead of seeing both your ob/gyn and your primary care doctor for preventive care needs. You can see just one doctor once a year Oh Beneficial now can you talk about those important vaccines. And screenings that women need and maybe you may not be aware of sure okay.
So, when we think about some important screenings. We do obviously think about things like cervical cancer screening. And often we see some at times confusing changes as our as our understanding of risk for cervical cancer valves.
So, those guidelines can change and so sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with that. So again touching base with a primary care physician and seeing them annually to see.
If you need to have that PAP or you need to have that HPV test at that year or not breast cancer screening is also a very important thing. And again our guidelines have been evolving with that one too as well. It's also very important to keep up to date with your other screenings.
So screening for cardiovascular risk factors, screening for diabetes is also really important okay great. I think, I didn't touch on the vaccines yeah.
So in terms of vaccines important to remember that you know clearly vaccine. Vaccines are important for children as they are for adults.
We talked about a lot, I think we did talk about quite a bit. So, I think there a lot of benefits to seeing a primary care women's health provider and if there are times where you need to see a specialist.
Whether, it be a woman's health specialist a GYN specialists or an obstetrician or any other woman's health sub specialist. We can help guide you through that excellent thank you so much for being here.
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