Women's Health

Douglas C. Walker, DO, PC

Family Medicine Physicians & Med Spa located in Garland, UT

Because of their reproductive health issues, women require distinct areas of care. Douglas Walker, DO, PC, offers annual check-ups for women, including exams and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, at his office in Garland, Utah. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on your reproductive health, call Dr. Walker’s office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Women's Health Q & A

What conditions are specific to women’s health?

As a woman, you have certain body parts that are different from a man’s and require maintenance. Some conditions affect women much more commonly than men and others that are specific to women. They include:

  • Menstruation
  • Menopause
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Cervical cancer

Other conditions affect women differently than men and therefore require different management strategies. They include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Mental health
  • Heart disease

Women’s health exams include pap smears, as well as screening for several of these conditions and others not listed. It’s vital for you to check in with Dr. Walker regularly to keep up on your health.

When should I get a women’s health exam?

You should get your first women’s health exam, often called a well woman exam, between the ages of 13 and 15. It’s a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that you have about puberty and other sexual health topics.

Starting at age 21, you should start getting an exam annually. Your exam may begin to include additional tests and screenings at different milestones in your life. For example, you’ll start getting annual mammograms (breast cancer test) around age 40.

What is included in a women’s health exam?

At your exam, you may ask any questions about your health. Dr. Walker also asks you questions about your lifestyle, habits, and symptoms if you have any. The exam itself includes:

  • A pelvic exam (for abnormalities in your vagina, cervix, ovaries, and other organs)
  • Pap test (for cellular changes in your cervix)
  • Breast exam and mammogram
  • STD test
  • Cervical and ovarian cancer screening

During your appointment, Dr. Walker discusses with you your need for hormone or bioidentical hormone therapy.

If Dr. Walker notices anything abnormal or if you’re experiencing symptoms, you may need to undergo additional tests at your appointment.

What types of treatments can I get for my health as a woman?

In addition to comprehensive STD tests and annual check-ups, Dr. Walker offers TempSure™ laser treatments for women’s wellness. The device emits gentle heat to assist with the circulation in your difficult-to-reach organs. In turn, this safely eases pain and muscle spasms in the area associated with menstruation.

TempSure involves treatments that can relieve vaginal dryness, restore sensation to the area, and help control urinary incontinence.

If you’re a woman and want to keep up on the uniquely feminine aspects of your health, call Dr. Walker or book your visit online today.