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General Women’s Health FAQ's

General Women’s Health FAQ's

Is there anything that can be done to alleviate PMS symptoms?

There are both emotional and physical symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome including: acne, fatigue, upset stomach, headache, muscle aches, and mood swings. Most women experience a combination of these symptoms during their cycle. The easiest way to treat these symptoms before seeking medical attention is to change your lifestyle. This includes regular exercise and getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night. While on your period, carefully monitor your diet. Try to eat healthy foods and avoid caffeine and alcohol. If your symptoms persist, consider over the counter medications like pain relievers. Ibuprofen and aspirin can help relieve physical symptoms, such as cramps, headaches or muscle aches. If your symptoms get increasingly worse, consider scheduling an appointment with an OB/GYN to discuss options to improve your symptoms.

Is leaking of urine a normal part of aging?

Urinary incontinence is a very common problem in women, though it is highly underreported. 30-40% of middle aged women and more than 50% of older women suffer from incontinence every year. Many women do not realize that incontinence is a treatable medical condition and never seek medical attention. Most women assume that it is a normal effect of having children or going through menopause, and do not understand that there are simple solutions. Speak with an OB/GYN to find out the available surgical and non-surgical options to treat urinary incontinence.

Is surgery the only treatment for bladder control problems?

Surgery is not the only treatment for urinary incontinence and bladder control problems, though it is the most permanent solution. The simplest way to treat urinary incontinence involves lifestyle changes. Many women can train their bladder by lengthening the amount of time between trips to the bathroom. Women who experience stress incontinence (incontinence caused by an activity that produces stress on your body like coughing or laughing) have found that Kegel exercises can help them learn to control the muscles that manage leakage. If these at-home remedies do not help, consider speaking with a physician about other non-surgical options.

What age should I start going to the OB/GYN?

The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. physicians recommend seeing an OB/GYN for the first time before age 18 if you are sexually active or are having problems. Visiting an obstetrician-gynecologist at least once a year will help with general and sexual health. If you are sexually active, this first visit will include regular routine exams for annual gynecological visits. These exams include a breast exam, pelvic exam and a pap test. The physicians and midwives at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. know good medical care. Contact us today for a first OB/GYN visit.


How old should I be when I have my first mammogram? What if I have a history of breast cancer in my family?

The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. physicians recommend women receive their first mammogram at age 40. This first mammogram is a screening test that takes x-ray images of the breast. If something seems unusual on a screening mammogram, a physician will schedule a diagnostic mammogram. If someone in your immediate family (parent or sibling) has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a mammogram should be scheduled 10 years prior to the earliest diagnosis in your family (no earlier than age 25 or later than 40). If someone in your extended family has been diagnosed with breast cancer, speak with your physician about when to schedule your mammogram.

What is an abnormal Pap test?

If you have received abnormal Pap test results, it does not mean you have been diagnosed with a condition. Abnormal Pap tests tell physicians that you have abnormal cells that are at risk of becoming cancerous in the future. More than 3 million women each year receive abnormal Pap test results, while only 10,000 become cancerous. Depending on the results of your Pap test, your physician will schedule additional tests to screen your cells for additional information. It is possible that abnormal Pap test results indicate a type of HPV. There are many types of HPV, and not all types are linked to cervical cancer. If you have concerns about your Pap test results, speak with your physician. 

What is a UTI? How do you treat it?

A urinary tract infection is an infection in either your kidneys, bladder or urethra. The symptoms of a UTI include a strong, persistent need to urinate, a burning pain during urination, a foul smelling urine, pelvic pain, or blood in the urine. UTI’s are caused by bacteria in the urinary system. UTI’s are treated with antibiotics and over the counter urinary pain medicine. If you have recurring UTI’s, speak with your physician about ongoing treatment options.