Women's Health Screening

Preventive care is proactive

Visit the Women’s Center for regular preventive care. It’s an essential part of staying healthy. If you are insured, your regular health care exams and screenings are likely available at no cost.

Preventive Care For Women

Preventive care is proactive.  It focuses on evaluating your health status while you are symptom-free.  Preventive care is instrumental in diagnosing and treating health concerns at the earliest stages, so you can avoid more serious issues later on.

Screening tests and other women’s health services:

  • Well-woman visits
  • Mammograms
  • Immunizations
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Pap tests and cervical cancer screening
  • Laboratory tests
  • X-rays
  • Permanent birth control methods, including tubal ligation and Essure® Permanent Birth Control
  • Hormonal and barrier birth control methods, including pills, patches, condoms, and other methods
  • Screening and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing

Permanent and Long-Term Birth Control

Aurora BayCare works with you to help you choose the most appropriate birth control method. If you decide that long-term birth control is right for you, we have options.

Long-term contraceptives are an effective and user-friendly form of birth control. If you want a maintenance-free way to prevent pregnancy for the next several years, these options may be a good choice for you.

For women who know they don’t ever want to get pregnant, there are permanent birth control options such as tubal ligation or tubal occlusion. In tubal occlusion, a small device, like a small coil, is inserted into each fallopian tube. Scar tissue forms around the device, creating a barrier that prevents sperm from entering. This procedure is also known by the brand name Essure®.  

The Essure procedure can be performed right in your doctor’s office. It does not require surgery or general anesthesia.

If you are evaluating your birth control options, schedule a consultation with a doctor at the Women’s Center at Aurora BayCare. We’ll help you decide which options make sense for you.

Cancer Screenings

  • Cervical Cancer: The American Cancer Society recommends that women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21, with a pap smear every three years.
  • Breast Cancer: The American Cancer Society recommends women get an annual mammogram starting at age 40.  If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your doctor to see if you should begin screening sooner.
  • Colorectal Cancer: The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 50. If you have certain risk factors such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, or a family history of colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about screening sooner.

Heart Health Screenings

The American Heart Association recommends the following screenings to monitor for heart disease:

  • Blood pressure, at every healthcare visit
  • Cholesterol levels, every 4 to 6 years unless you are at high risk for heart disease and stroke
  • Blood glucose, every three years

Women’s Health at Every Age

Here’s what you and your doctor may be focusing on throughout your adult years:

  • Your 20s and 30s: Reproductive and sexual health, pregnancy, and parenting
  • Your 40s: Perimenopause, breast health
  • Your 50s and 60s: Menopause, bone health, colorectal health, breast health
  • Your 70s and beyond: Bone health, memory loss, mental acuity, hearing, colorectal health, breast health

Preventive care keeps you well and keeps health care costs down. Routine exams and screenings are the best way to detect a serious health issue. Many diseases are easier to treat when they’re caught early.

Talk to your doctor. He or she may recommend additional tests or more frequent screenings based on your health history. 

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