From puberty onward, women are on a journey of constant change in emotional as well as physical well-being. That’s why choosing the right physician-partner may be the most important healthcare decision a woman ever makes.

St. Luke’s Premier Women’s Health and St. Luke’s Rivercrest OB/GYN, both members of WellCare Physicians Group, partner with you through all seasons of life. From your first gynecologic visit, through your childbearing years, into menopause, and beyond, they care not just for your body, but for your family, career, hopes, and dreams.

When to schedule your daughter’s first gynecologist appointment

Taking your daughter to her first gynecologist appointment between the ages of 12-15 is one of the best gifts a parent or guardian can give a young woman. An early visit establishes your daughter’s responsibility to manage her own health, teaching her to trust her caregiver with her most intimate life questions.

“It is extremely beneficial to come see a doctor during the age when they’re going through a lot of changes, when they have a lot of questions, mostly for reassurance,” said Dr. Nitisha Mutgi of Rivercrest OB/GYN. “I keep in mind that I have a daughter of my own and I try to think of my patient in light of that.”

The first visit starts with a very good history and a conversation about everything from their medical problems to what’s happening with their periods and their lives at home and school. Young women may also be provided with education on a number of topics, including self-care and smart decision-making.

Why you might want to consider a midwife

At St. Luke’s, you can choose to have a midwife instead of an OB for prenatal care and to deliver your baby.

Our certified nurse midwives are registered nurses who have also completed a multi-year master’s degree program specializing in midwifery. They are certified to prescribe medications, care for you throughout your pregnancy, deliver your baby in a hospital, and provide post-partum care. In-hospital deliveries by midwives are usually covered by insurance.

Midwives play an active role in your pregnancy and delivery. For example, your midwife may remain in your room throughout your labor regardless of shift changes, ensuring  that your health needs are communicated, providing pain relief, suggesting positioning changes, and ultimately delivering your baby.

A common misconception is that all midwives insist on a drug-free, home birth. In reality, St. Luke’s midwives follow the plan of care you draw up together. In addition, St. Luke’s midwives provide care for normal pregnancies. If at any time your pregnancy requires special care, your case will be transferred to an expert obstetrician.

How to manage the stages of menopause

Menopause is a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find help for your symptoms. Managing your health at this stage of life is more important than ever.

St. Luke’s will help you consider both natural and medicinal steps you can take to aid with issues ranging from hot flashes, to night sweats, decreased sex drive, headaches, emotional upset, insomnia, and more:

  • Natural remedies begin with a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Limiting alcohol, caffeine and stress may also help
  • Depending on where you are in the journey, prescription medications may include low dose birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants and others

Remember, every woman is unique, so be sure to share all your symptoms and concerns with your doctor.

Despite the fact that there is no cure for menopause, it does come at a time in life when women are more likely to have other serious medical problems, such as cancer or osteoporosis. Be sure to keep up with all regular preventive tests.

Build a relationship with an expert in you

As experts in women’s health, the OB/GYNs at St. Luke’s are also experts in you. For an appointment, go to Rivercrest OB/GYN or St. Luke’s Premier Women’s Health.