Women’s Health is our focus at Family Medicine and Wellness Center. We treat several conditions for women including; Aging, Diabetes, Arthritis, Mental Health, Wellness and Prevention, as well as other chronic diseases.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and related menstrual disorders are common sources of misery among menstruating women. Symptoms range from mild to severe; interfering with family activities, social activities, and work (Frackiewicz 2001).
Even though over 50% of menstruating women are affected by PMS, starting at age 15 and peaking in the early 40’s, it is, at times, difficult to diagnose. This is because of the wide range of symptoms present in women suffering from PMS. As women approach menopause, the intensity of the symptoms decreases- until they are resolved when menses finally cease.
We manage PMS by thoroughly evaluating each individual using in-depth history, comprehensive physical examination; and laboratory analysis of saliva, urine and blood tests. Armed with the above, individualized therapies will then be designed to address the Mind-Body-Spirit needs of each patient.
This is a period in the life of a woman during which she has some menstrual cycles that are not preceded by ovulation. This predisposes women at this age to many challenges that play out as significant life issues. When a woman does not release eggs in the middle of the menstrual cycle, then she would have excess estrogen due to lack of progesterone. Progesterone provides the balance the body needs against the effects of estrogen excess. This includes weight gain, fatigue, foggy thinking, low libido, mood disorders, digestive problems, bloating, thyroid dysfunction, and fluid retention.
Some Women in their 40’s and 50’s experience cessation of menses lasting more than 12 months. This is defined as menopause. The average age of menopause is 51 in the United States of America. From our stand point; you can stay healthy, live a vibrant life, and experience a very active sexual life – even after cessation of menses. We use innovative programs and natural therapies to help menopausal women navigate the challenges of menopause and give them a soft and exciting transition into this phase of life.
Female Sexual Dysfunction
Recurrent and persistent problems with sexual desire or response- which is distressful and strains relationships.
A lot of women experience challenges with sexual function at some point in their lives. This can occur at every stage of life and may be ongoing – or it could merely happen occasionally.
Women may experience more than one type of sexual dysfunction which may include:
Low sexual desire: diminished libido or lack of sex drive.
Sexual arousal disorder: normal desire for sex, but difficulty with becoming and/or staying aroused during sexual intercourse.
Orgasmic disorder: persistent or recurrent difficulty achieving orgasm after adequate sexual arousal and stimulation.
Sexual pain disorder: experience of pain with sexual stimulation or vaginal contact.