Ladies are the leaders of the world, and we need specialized care. In our women's wellness visits, we are ready to help you with all your women’s health needs, ranging from doing PAP smear testing, figuring out the cause of your breast discomfort, to helping choose and start the birth control approach that works best for you.
At Bethany Medical Clinic, we strongly believe that this care should not be separated from primary care, but instead be interconnected with primary care services, and all other aspects of health care. Besides your women’s wellness visits, you can have an annual physical with your primary care doctor, a facial with your dermatologist, a check-in with your therapist, a meeting with an endocrinologist, all under the same roof! All of our services are available to you and many times there are connections between our different health services, being just one of the ways that Bethany Medical Clinic stands out.
As a business with an all-female senior team, we wanted to specifically cater to the working woman. Implementing an extremely flexible schedule - with early morning, late-night, and weekend appointments - and giving care that is specialized to each individual patient, we hope to treat as many female leaders as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
A well-woman visit focuses on promoting and maintaining health over the course of a woman’s lifetime through preventive health care, and a sick or problem visit focuses on diagnosis and treatment of new or existing symptoms or problems.
The WPSI recommends that women receive at least one preventive care visit per year beginning in adolescence and continuing across the life span to ensure that the recommended preventive services are obtained.
All services provided at a well-woman visit are clinical preventive services that private insurance plans and cover without cost-sharing as required by the Affordable Care Act. For more information about federal coverage requirements for preventive services, refer to healthcare.gov and your insurance carrier.
All women should have a well-woman visit every 1-3 years. Many women should have a PAP smear as part of this well-woman visit. A PAP smear, also called a PAP test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina. Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these abnormal cells early with a Pap smear is your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.
You and your doctor can decide when it’s time for you to begin Pap testing and how often you should have the test. In general, doctors recommend beginning Pap testing at age 21.
Doctors generally recommend repeating Pap testing every three years for women ages 21 to 65. If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may recommend more-frequent Pap smears, regardless of your age. These risk factors include:
- A diagnosis of cervical cancer or a Pap smear that showed precancerous cells
- Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth
- HIV infection
- Weakened immune system due to organ transplant, chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid use
- A history of smoking
You and your primary care provider can discuss the benefits and risks of Pap smears and decide what’s best for you based on your risk factors.
NO! We need carbohydrates as part of a healthy diet for energy, fiber, vitamins and minerals. What’s most important about carbohydrate consumption is the kinds of carbohydrates you choose and how much you are eating.
Everyone is different, so there is not specific diet that is best for you. HOWEVER, it is safe to say that the best diet for you is one that is balanced with healthy proteins, carbs, fats, veggies and fruit and a diet that you can sustain for life, and not just a short term.
We all crave foods for different reasons – some crave junk food when they are low on energy, emotional or stressed. It’s important to figure out why you are craving these foods to help stop craving them. In general, the best way to stop cravings is to stay fueled through the day with healthy meals and snacks, aim for 6-8 hours of sleep, drink water through the day and surround yourself with healthy foods to avoid going for the junk food.
That is totally up to you!!! Everyone chooses to cut out meat for their own reasons and dietitians support any reason you have for that. However, it is still important to make sure you are getting plant based protein through your day and having a well balanced diet.
No, do you not NEED breakfast. However Breakfast is a great way to start your day with important nutrients to help keep you fueled through the day. Some people are not as hungry in the morning and that is fine as long as you are not ravenous by the time you get to lunch time!