Women’s Health

We treat women’s health issues throughout life’s changes

Because of the uniqueness of the female anatomy and its design to bear children, women often have special health needs. In addition, certain diseases and health conditions are unique to females. Some are unique to females at different life stages, too.

Family nurse practitioners at FamilyCare of Kent can provide contraceptive counseling (including birth control pills and IUDs) and treat common gynecology problems, such as yeast infections, abnormal or painful bleeding, and sexually transmitted diseases.

There are four main stages to a woman’s life: adolescence, the childbearing years, midlife, and senior adulthood. Each has its own unique health concerns and challenges.

Adolescent Females

The period of life between puberty and adulthood is a critical period for young women. Reaching sexual maturity includes hormonal and physical changes that can have profound effects on a teen girl’s self-esteem, self-confidence, body image, and social life.

Girls often need help with issues such as the onset of menstruation, period pain, physical changes, and growing pains. Issues may include everything from acne to managing periods to birth control and even STDs.

About 5% to 7% of adolescent females have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition caused when a woman’s hormones are out of balance. We also look for evidence of HPV (human papilloma virus – the virus that causes genital warts).

Childbearing Females

Your reproductive health is most important during your 20s and 30s, the primary childbearing years. Many women experience menstrual problems such as irregular periods, excessive bleeding, and painful periods during these years. Other health-related issues include:

Please visit FamilyCare of Kent's patient education library to learn more about menstruation and abnormal bleeding.

Midlife and Menopause

Menopause, the end of menstruation and fertility, occurs in most women between ages 45 and 55. While menopause is a natural biological process and not a medical illness, it does have symptoms that can disrupt a woman’s life and sap her energy. Here are the more common symptoms, which can be experienced alone or in combination:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Aches and pains
  • Crawling or itching sensations under the skin
  • Headaches
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Diminished sex drive
  • More frequent urinary urges
  • Tiredness, fatigue, irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Reduced self-esteem
  • Forgetfulness
  • Perimenopausal issues
  • Postmenopausal problems
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Osteoporosis

Please visit FamilyCare of Kent’s patient education library to learn more about women’s health problems.

Our nurse practitioners have vast training and experience with women’s health and wellness. We also consider lifestyle, nutrition, emotional, and attitudinal factors, and the roles they play in various female health challenges.

For more information about our women’s health services or to schedule an appointment, call FamilyCare of Kent, Washington at (253) 859-CARE (2273) or use our online appointment request form.