GENERAL WOMEN'S HEALTH:

Adolescent Gynecological Care - is individualized in a sensitive fashion to deal with puberty, body and hormonal changes, and appropriate education to establish a good line of confidential communication. You should ask questions about your body and growing up.

Annual Exams - Our long line of women's services begin with annual exams, recommended for women of all ages. These are important times for you to ask your doctor questions about your body and for your doctor to do a complete physical exam and screen for numerous medical problems. Guidance of your general medical health and prevention of medical problems helps you to insure a healthier and happier life.

Breast Exams - are strongly recommended on a regular basis. Both your doctor's annual exam and your education about monthly breast self-exams are reinforced in our office. Screening for breast problems, including mammography at an appropriate age allows for diagnosis and early treatment for breast cancer. This can be effectively treated when diagnosed early.

Cancer Screening - is an important part of your annual exam. Your concerns, your answers to Dr. Tim Sharpe's questions, and the physical exam provide a wonderful avenue for early diagnosis and treatment.

Education About Your Body and Health - is always a focus of our office.

Exercise and Fitness - is good for your body and mind. Exercise strengthens your heart, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, gives you more energy, improves bone density, and helps control your weight. Staying active promotes many aspects of your general well-being.

Healthy Eating - promotes good health. Your body needs a regular supply of nutrients to grow, protect muscle and bones, replace worn-out tissue, and provide energy.

Menopause - is the time in your life when menstrual periods stop. The age of onset, duration, and symptoms differ among women. Menopause management is an area in our practice which has grown in the past few years. With baby-boomers now reaching mid-life, the use of herbal products, lifestyle changes, and hormones will be discussed to alleviate menopausal symptoms, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and protection against osteoporosis. No single approach works for every woman.

Screening for Medical Problems and Preventive Health Care

Cancer - is an abnormal growth of cells which can destroy healthy tissue. There are warning signs and screening tests which should be a part of your routine health care.

Diabetes - is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin and blood glucose levels might become too high. This can lead to many health problems.

Heart Disease - is due to many causes. Risks increase with increasing age, family history, elevated cholesterol or blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Annual exams and discussions with Dr. Tim Sharpe regarding lifestyle changes help you protect against this.

Osteoporosis - is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. There are preventive measures and screening tests to protect against this progressive disease. You will be offered a variety of prevention techniques and treatment options.

Thyroid Problems - can affect the metabolism of your body, which is the rate at which your body works.