Women’s Health

Harrisburg OBGYN

The best asset you can have in your personal wellness care is a provider that you can trust. This person or practice can be your first line of defense, giving you access to resources for prevention, up-to-date awareness of your condition, and the best treatment options. An OBGYN is the only doctor that many women see every year. In every situation, even if you’re in perfect health, it’s important that you choose your doctor carefully.

Annual Gynecologic Exams

To stay on top of their reproductive health, women require yearly exams that include a pelvic exam, a breast exam, and screenings for common diseases. These should begin at age 21, or at the beginning of sexual activity. Even if you are not sexually active and don’t need disease screening, it is wise to have regular general exams to rule out disorders that occur independently of sexual contact.

Why Visit your Harrisburg OBGYN Every Year?

The most important reasons to visit your Harrisburg OBGYN every year for an annual exam are early detection and proactive prevention. By identifying problems early, you can prevent unnecessary pain, complications, and expense. When your Harrisburg OBGYN stays up to date on your condition, changes that could signal problems can be noticed quickly and dealt with as soon as they occur. Simply by keeping up on your annual exams, you can significantly reduce your risk for advanced diseases and disorders. While you can’t rule out every problem, you can make sure to detect early and treat aggressively.

Harrisburg OBGYN Treatment & Management

Visiting your Harrisburg OBGYN isn’t just about avoiding disease or ensuring smooth pregnancies. The course of a woman’s life is marked by several important and significant transitions that involve both physical and emotional changes. In every era and in many cultures, women have been forced to deal with these changes on their own and with few resources. But today’s truth is that you don’t have to face your first period, a period of infertility, a sexually transmitted disease, or menopause alone. Our doctors understand what you’re facing and have a wealth of options to make your experience more bearable. Don’t wait until you notice symptoms to make an appointment. Find a doctor you trust and can talk to openly at Woodward & Associates. We’ll care for you like family.

Incontinence Specialist

Urinary Incontinence is a problem that can have a big impact on your life. It’s a problem that few people talk about, but one that an incredible number of women experience. What might surprise you is that urinary incontinence can affect women at any age and for a variety of reasons. As we age, we become much more likely to encounter leakage in our everyday lives.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

There are different types of Urinary Incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence describes when a leak occurs due to some form of physical stress — a cough, sneeze, or hearty laugh.
  • Urge incontinence involves a sudden strong urge to urinate, which can cause an accident very quickly.
  • Overflow incontinence occurs when your bladder is unable to empty properly, which at some point will cause overflow leakage.

Treating Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a frustrating problem that will affect half of the female population at some point in their life. In most situations, these UI events are treatable and can return a person to normal urinary function. To confirm a diagnosis and determine the cause of Urinary Incontinence, we perform a thorough physical exam, including a pelvic exam. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions, and may request that you keep a journal to track accidents and the circumstances during which they occur.

Depending on the cause of your problem, a wide variety of treatment techniques can help. Some of the lower-impact solutions include exercise, diet, and weight management. These can be considered alone or along with physical therapy, medication, or surgery in select cases. Your specific treatment will be unique to you and your lifestyle.

Incontinence Specialist – Woodward & Associates

At Woodward & Associates, our ultimate goal is to improve your quality of life. You have many options for dealing with Urinary Incontinence, and as an incontinence specialist we’re here to help you decide the best approach for you. We understand that it can be hard to make the call, but once you’ve solved the problem, the way you feel will be worth it. Our doctors will help you find real answers.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Every woman grows up knowing what “that time of the month” means. While breast tenderness, moodiness, and mild cramps are manageable, some women face symptoms that really disrupt their lives. If you have severe PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), and PMS is something you dread, there are definitely ways for you to feel better.

PMS and PMDD Symptoms

  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Breast Pain & Swelling
  • Abdominal Pain & Bloating
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Cravings & Overeating
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Tiredness
  • Skin Problems

The underlying cause of premenstrual syndrome in general is an imbalance in the hormones estrogen and progesterone. However, other factors like lifestyle, stress, blood sugar, and nutrient levels can make symptoms more numerous or more severe.

Don’t “just live with” PMS

PMS can be incredibly disruptive, and few conditions have such a diverse set of symptoms. These hormone-related problems affect many systems of the body and can cause disruption both physically and mentally. It’s estimated that 85% of women experience at least one symptom during their monthly cycles. While many women can tolerate the discomfort without much effort, severe symptoms really happen and should not be ignored.

At Woodward & Associates, you’ll never have an impersonal, sterile-feeling experience. It’s very important that we understand your symptoms, consider all the possible solutions, and find the best treatment for your needs and lifestyle. We don’t stop considering options until we’ve found the right solution that works for you.