Women’s Health Services from Hope Wellness Clinic of Wichita, KS
Women’s health focuses on several areas. The first is reproductive health from menarche (first period) to post menopause and everything in between. When it pertains to reproductive health, our focus is on the reproductive organs’ functionality as it relates to your monthly cycle and pregnancy.
Sexual health is very important as well, and needs to be addressed as an important part of women’s psychological and emotional health as well as physical health. Hormones play an important role in the control of these functions. Hormones, when in harmony, work like an orchestra playing a symphony. If they are in unison, it’s amazing, but when one or more instruments are out of tune or off beat, it all starts to sound like a calamity. This is similar to the effect on women when estrogens and progesterones, as well as cortisol and DHEA, get out of balance—things fall apart.
Children are a huge factor that affect the health of mothers. From birth to death, they will challenge women’s psyche and emotions; keeping children healthy and happy becomes a major priority, often putting the mother’s own health and wellbeing on the back burner. This can lead to all sorts of issues arising, most often not being addressed until it’s too late. You must take care of yourself first, or you will not be able to give the long-term care and love as easily as you would like. This is much like the oxygen mask in an airplane; you must put yours on first before helping others.
This leads us into healthy aging and preventing common diseases among elderly women such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Adult Onset Diabetes
- Kidney and Bladder problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- Macular Degeneration
- Alzheimer’s disease
These are largely avoidable diseases, and through proper testing and diagnosis, we can treat these with proper diet, exercise, and nutrition specific to your individual needs.
Diet and exercise, as well beauty, are important because these help with overcoming self-image issues in addition to low self-esteem, but they can become dangerous and lead to eating disorders and unrealistic expectations. While these factors are important, as physicians we look more to the mental and psychological aspects of helping you be healthy and happy with yourself.