Women's health defines their physical, mental, and social well-being. It encompasses issues related to the female reproductive system, gender-specific health concerns, and overall health and wellness.
Women should visit Dr. Denise Leonard at StorkGYN for regular check-ups, Pap smears, and breast exams. Women may also seek care from a gynecologist for issues related to menstrual disorders, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and sexual health. We recommend seeing a gynecologist at age 21 or earlier if sexually active or experiencing health concerns.
What Makes Women's Health Unique
Women's health is unique in many ways, from the biological differences between men and women to the societal and cultural factors that impact women's access to care. One primary aspect of women's health is the reproductive system, from menstrual disorders and infertility to pregnancy-related complications and menopause.
In addition, women face unique health challenges related to their gender and sex, including breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Women are also more likely to experience mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
Beyond the biological factors, social and cultural factors affect women's health, including gender roles and expectations, economic inequality, and discrimination. For example, women may face barriers to accessing health care, including lack of insurance or transportation, plus bias and discrimination from providers. Fortunately, when selecting Dr. Denise Leonard at StorkGYN as your healthcare provider, we try to ensure that all women have the support and resources they need to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Your First Visit: What to Expect
When visiting Dr. Denise Leonard, expect a consultation about your medical history, menstrual cycle, sexual activity, and any concerns or questions. Dr. Leonard will also ask you about your family's medical history, plus your personal medical history, including any previous surgeries or health conditions. We may ask you to provide a urine sample or recommend a physical exam, including a breast and pelvic exam, to check for abnormalities. Dr. Leonard may also recommend additional tests, such as a Pap smear, to screen for cervical cancer.
It's important to remember that our staff is here to help you maintain your reproductive health and you should feel comfortable asking any questions or raising any concerns during your appointment. Our doctor can provide information on birth control, sexually transmitted infections, and other issues related to women's health. Don't be afraid to speak up and actively participate in your health care.
Please explore our website at Storkgyn.com to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. If you have questions about women's health, and want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Denise Leonard at StorkGYN, call (281) 587-0772. We are located in Houston , TX.