Lifestyle Health

WELLNESS/WELL-WOMAN EXAMS

The Well Woman exam covers so much more than a pap smear. The Well Woman exam is an opportunity for a woman to meet with her provider, discuss her physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A Well Woman exam should encompass a woman’s overall health and focus on preventative treatments and behavior changes. This visit is an opportunity to review the patient’s health and discuss any concerns. Gynecological exams and screenings are usually taken care of at this visit and include breast exams, pap tests, and pelvic exams.

As women age, questions arise regarding menopause, bladder health, sexuality, and weight. Nore Women’s Health addresses all of these questions and more, in a caring and compassionate environment. Being open and honest with our staff and providers will help you to get real answers to the health issues that concern you.

Nore Women’s Health can help you navigate the health issues that should be most important to you. While your priorities may depend on your age and health history, heart disease, cancer, reproductive health, and managing aging gracefully should be at the top of the list.

Our experienced and seasoned providers understand that you may want to come to our office to be seen and that you demand efficiency. With that in mind, our team of female Nurse Practitioners are glad to provide this service. Our office can see you with hardly any wait time, and can efficiently identify how you, as the patient can improve you general well-being and especially your vaginal health.  

A general practitioner is just that, general. A woman’s specialist is more attuned to the needs and concerns women face. For example, heart attacks are more likely to cause death in a woman than a man. Women are also more susceptible to depression and anxiety. Sexually transmitted diseases often have greater effects on women’s health, too. A women’s specialist can also help you with the unique issues surround gynecologic health in a frank, understanding way.

The overall tone of the visit should focus on prevention of disease and maintaining health. The content of this visit should be directed by a patient and her concerns. You will lead the conversation and answer questions about your life and habits. The visit could cover any or all of the following, or even more, depending on your situation as your Well Woman exam is tailored to meet your individual needs.

  • Cholesterol testing
  • STI testing including HIV screening
  • Nutrition, diet, weight management
  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Contraception
  • Depression or other mental health concerns
  • Sexual health
  • Hormone evaluation

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Women lead demanding and hectic lives and it is important to take time to review your health with your provider. This is an opportunity to take a little time for yourself to seek advice for any health concerns you may have been ignoring or putting off addressing. Regular exams and screenings can enable your provider to make early diagnoses of any conditions or illnesses. Early detection means early and often easier treatment. Even if nothing is wrong, it is vital to take the time to review your health, just to make sure. The annual Well Woman exam is also a one-stop visit to have any screenings done, including pap tests or vaccine boosters. Also, being sure that your remain up to date on mammograms and colonoscopy.

LGBTQ+ HEALTH

The providers at Nore Women’s Health understand that fear of judgment is the greatest barrier member of the LGBTQ+ community face when seeking adequate healthcare. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers require patients to identify as male or female only, and some LGBTQ+ patients report being subjected to insensitive and discriminatory remarks in medical offices. Nore Women’s Health provides a safe space where LGBTQ+ patients can seek evaluation and treatment without judgment. By providing a safe healthcare space, the practice aims to diagnose problems earlier and to improve the health and wellness of their patients.

All women need treatment for diseases and a strong healthcare support system with a focus on prevention. However, the CDC recognizes that the LGBTQ+ population is at a higher risk of certain health issues and diseases. A comprehensive health exam by a knowledgeable and caring provider can ensure that LGBTQ+ patients receive the proactive evaluations they need to maintain optimal health.

Also, many LGBTQ+ patients face greater challenges in their daily lives. In caring for the health and well-being of the whole patient, Nore Women’s Health acknowledges how these challenges impact the patient’s physical, mental, and emotional health and spend adequate time reviewing risk factors, screening for signs and symptoms of stress or depression, and sharing interventions that help the patient better cope with health challenges.

Nore Women’s Health finds that many patients relax and feel welcome when they see that the LGBTQ+-friendly registration form that allows for self-identification of gender and sex. Also, the practice’s health providers ask questions to help patients discuss their orientation and lifestyle comfortably, which breaks the ice and helps them share details about their health openly.

Nore Women’s Health provides a full range of women’s health services including sexual health evaluation, treatments, and counseling, pelvic health, vaginal rejuvenation, weight management, menopause management, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and general women’s wellness services.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

You already know…

As you get older, you might notice that maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult. In fact, many women gain weight around the menopause transition. Youthfulness is almost synonymous with the ability to stay active and energized. Aging, on the other hand, is unfortunately often associated with the effects of fatigue, ill health, and weight gain

You may not know…

For many menopausal women, weight gain is one of their major health concerns. Most of us know from personal experience what numerous studies have now demonstrated: menopausal transition is associated with unfavorable changes in body composition and abdominal fat deposition.

You need to know…

While aging is inevitable, menopause weight gain is not. You can reverse the course by paying attention to healthy-eating habits and leading an active lifestyle. Our provider team at Nore Women’s Health is equipped to help with getting your weight back on track.

Achieving a healthy weight reduces your risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. A healthy weight also makes menopause symptoms potentially more bearable and improves bladder health, particularly incontinence. Being at a healthy weight also improves your energy levels and boosts your self confidence. Weight loss and management isn’t just about fitting into society’s expectations for thinness. It’s essential to your health, wellness, and robust aging.

A woman’s body and health is ever changing, and this includes your metabolism and weight. Nore Women’s Health can educate you about these changes and help you navigate hormone changes that can have a very real effect on the shape and size of your physique. Your nutrition needs change during menopause, too. Discussing this with our providers will help you understand these changes so you can maintain energy and enjoy optimal health even as your body transitions.

ADRENAL FATIGUE

You already know…

Your energy levels are at a low, and it seems to be permanent. You aren’t feeling like yourself, and are more stressed than usual. You’re also craving sweet and salty food at strange times throughout the day, and frustratingly only get bursts of energy in the evening.

You may not know…

Your symptoms may be indicators of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a stress-related condition that results in symptoms like exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings. When stress becomes chronic or is not well managed, the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. While every individual suffering from adrenal fatigue tends to have a slightly different set of symptoms, there are always common complaints. Perimenopause and menopause stress go hand in hand with adrenal fatigue.

You need to know…

The stress caused by hormone imbalance, namely in perimenopause and menopause for women, is a huge contributor to adrenal fatigue. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress (cortisol), with customized, natural prescriptions that are tailored by your healthcare provider to fit your body chemistry and what your body needs. This, combined with a healthy diet, individualized nutrition/supplement and fitness program, maintains normal hormone levels and can effectively eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause.

Hormone therapy is intended to be used at the lowest dosage that is appropriate physiologically and for the shortest amount of time to control the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause in women whose quality of life is negatively affected. Our providers will develop a program especially for you and, when appropriate, will work with you to decide on the safest dosage and duration and the best individualized plan possible.

B Vitamins
This group of vitamins is the first step in getting your mind and body back into gear. B vitamins work together in helping the body create energy from the food you eat, while also supporting brain function and healthy skin, hair and muscles. Although the role of each B vitamin differs slightly, they’re all vital for a healthy metabolism and energy production.

Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential trace mineral and the second most abundant intracellular electrolyte in the body. It’s also required for over 300 enzymatic reactions! In fact, it’s one of the most important supplements for recovering from adrenal fatigue. Magnesium is also required for healthy sleep, muscular relaxation, maintaining blood pressure, heart rhythm, promotes calcium absorption, and regulating blood sugar levels. Many people are magnesium deficient due to the lack of mineral content in foods and the body using up its natural stores of magnesium during stress.

Herbs
Adaptogenic herbs help the body to ‘adapt’ to stressful situations, and are extremely helpful in restoring adrenal function.

Improve Your Diet
Your body depends on a huge variety of nutrients to function properly – and those suffering from adrenal fatigue are particularly depleted in nutrients due to the toll that stress has taken on their cells.

Eat At The Right Times
Blood sugar levels play an important role in the maintenance of energy levels. Keeping your blood sugar levels steady means eating small, regular meals with a low glycemic index. Regular snacks are also a good idea. This will help in managing the dip in cortisol that can occur in the mid-late afternoon.

Try Some Mind-Body Exercises
Traditional health practitioners have known for centuries that mindfulness-based exercises such as meditation and yoga help to relieve stress and anxiety. A study published in the journal Psychiatry Research  (we may need permission to use?) compared people in two different stress-management programs: one which involved meditation, one, which didn’t. Those who meditated regularly were found to produce fewer stress hormones and low levels of stress-induced inflammation. Those who didn’t meditate, however, suffered much higher levels of stress hormones and inflammation.

Take The Right Supplements
While it’d be great if we could get all of our daily nutritional requirements from food alone, it’s rarely possible. Adrenal fatigue also wreaks havoc on the ability of your gut to absorb nutrients from food, as chronic stress hinders normal digestive function. That’s why supplements are a great way to “top up” your body’s nutritional needs, especially when your stores of a certain nutrient have been depleted for a while.

Get Better Sleep
Addressing sleep problems should be a priority in recovering from adrenal fatigue. Poor sleep takes a huge toll on the body, and your cortisol levels may take weeks to adjust back to a more normal cycle.