Early and Late Office Hours

The Women’s Healthcare Group is excited to announce that we are now offering late hours on Tuesdays and early morning hours on Fridays! Patients can be seen:

Monday 8 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8 am – 7:45 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 8 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 7 am – 4:30 pm

Come and see us!

Flu Shots Are Here Now!

#FridayNewsFlash Flu shots are available now. Last year was a “high severity” flu season according to the CDC; make sure to protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a vaccine before the worst of the season starts. Anyone over 6 months of age (and especially pregnant women) should be vaccinated against the influenza virus.
Don’t leave any appointment without getting one! And if you don’t have an appointment scheduled yet, call or visit the website and make an appointment today!

Could I have a UTI?

After the cold and flu, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the most common ailment for women over age 18. About 60% of all women will have a UTI at some point in their lives, and 20% of women get them repeatedly.

The Urinary Tract includes the kidneys, where urine is made; the bladder, where urine is stored; and the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body. The most common place for a UTI is your bladder, and it may also be called a “bladder infection” or “cystitis.” You can also get a UTI in your kidneys, which is called “pyelonephritis.” This is less common and also more serious.

The symptoms of a UTI are hard to ignore and include:

  • Burning or pain when you urinate
  • A feeling of pressure in your bladder
  • A feeling like you have to urinate more often than usual, but when you try, there is little or no urine
  • Your urine is cloudy or has blood in it or smells “off”

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have pyelonephritis (kidney infection):

  • lower back pain
  • high fever (101 or greater)
  • nausea or vomiting
  • chills or sweats
  • These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by the symptoms of a lower UTI.

If you have any of the symptoms of a lower or upper UTI, see your doctor right away. Since UTIs are caused by bacteria, you will need to take an antibiotic to kill the bacteria and clear the infection. Take ALL the prescribed medication, even if you feel better, to make sure you completely kill the bacteria and prevent a potentially even more serious relapse. Pregnant women are at an increased risk for UTIs because of the pressure of the uterus on the bladder and urethra. But, don’t worry, there are pregnancy-safe antibiotics.

To reduce your risk of UTI, always wipe front to back after using the toilet. Additionally, you can:

  • drink 6-8 glasses of water every day to help “flush out” your bladder.
  • urinate several times each day (about every 2-3 hours). Don’t delay the urge to “go.”
  • urinate after having sex to help flush out any bacteria that may have moved up to your urethra.

Tier One Status

Do you know that the Women’s Healthcare Group is a Tier 1 provider with WellSpan insurance (WellSpan Provider Network)? This means that employees or others with WellSpan insurance can see any provider or have lab and ultrasound services at the WHCG at no additional co-pay or cost–and often it is a less expensive option!

You have choices in health care. Make sure you know your rights!

May 13 – 19 Women’s Health Week

This week is National Women’s Health Week. Do you need help meeting your health goals? Scheduling your annual well-woman visit is a great first step! You and your doctor can come up with a plan that works for you. Schedule your visit today with one of the amazing providers at the Women’s Healthcare Group. #NWHW

April is Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month 2018

April is STI Awareness Month. Did you know???

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

• There are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases) in the U.S. every year
• The medical costs for these new cases are $16 billion
• Adding the new cases each year with existing infection, there are an estimated 110 million total STIs among Americans.

People may not know they have an STI because many do not have symptoms, and they can cause serious health consequences if they are not detected and treated appropriately. For example, chlamydia left untreated can put a woman at risk for pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition that can lead to infertility.

Please see one of our caring providers to be tested. STI testing can be confidential and free or low-cost, and common STIs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, are usually effectively treated with antibiotics.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Please speak with a caring Women’s Healthcare Group provider to assess your risk or for more information about prevention and screening.

Here is a link to more information from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/