Since women’s health services cover the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a woman throughout her lifetime, it includes many conditions and injuries. It’s only natural to have questions before your appointment with a women’s health specialist, no matter what your OB/GYN appointment is for. There are many unknowns to think about. It is our goal, however, to provide you with as much information as possible so you don’t have to worry or wonder.
At Hunt Regional Medical Center, our skilled women’s health doctors, nurse practitioners and other staff use the latest procedures and technology to help women maintain good health, experience healthy pregnancies and childbirth, and more. Read the below women’s health frequently asked questions and answers if there’s something you’re unsure about. We’re here to help.
Q: What types of conditions and injuries do you treat most often?
A: Some of the main health issues for women are cancer, reproductive health problems, pregnancy and childbirth complications, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), urinary incontinence, fibroids, and mental health problems. Hunt Regional’s women’s health specialists are experienced in dealing with a wide range of women’s health problems.
Q: When do I need to start having mammograms?
A: If you are a woman with average breast cancer risk, you should start having annual mammograms by age 40 to 44. Women with higher breast cancer risk (such as having a gene mutation or a family history of the disease) should consult their doctor to determine the best time and cadence for mammograms.
Q: Does a mammogram hurt?
A: Some women consider mammograms to be uncomfortable. However, the new FDA-cleared Woman’s Touch™ MammoPad™ used at Hunt Regional has a soft, warm surface that eliminates much of the discomfort often associated with mammograms.
Q: Where can I go to receive breast or ovarian cancer gene testing?
A: Hunt Regional Medical Center provides BRACAnalysis gene testing in the northeast Texas area. You can learn more about BRACAnalysis testing here.
Q: Is BRACAnalysis gene testing safe for pregnant women?
A: A BRACAnalysis test simply uses a blood sample to determine if a woman has the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, so yes it is safe for pregnant women.
Q: How should I prepare for my women’s health appointment?
A: If you have an appointment scheduled with a women’s health specialist, be sure to come prepared with your insurance card, a photo ID, list of current medications, co-payment (if applicable) and any questions you may have to ask your specialist. Sometimes it’s helpful to bring a written list of questions you have so you don’t forget any during the appointment. Additionally, check with the location to see if there is paperwork you can fill out in advance of your appointment to speed up the process. If for any reason you cannot keep your women’s health appointment, please notify your doctor.
For more information or if you have a women’s health question not answered here, please contact your physician.