Frequently Asked Questions

  • Typically, you’ll need your insurance information, ID, any relevant medical records, and a list of current medications.
  • This depends on your age, health status, and any specific concerns you may have. Generally, it’s recommended annually for most women.
  • The exam usually includes a physical examination of the reproductive organs, a breast exam, and sometimes a Pap smear or HPV test. Your doctor will discuss your health and any concerns you have.
  • Guidelines vary, but generally, women should start mammograms around age 40 or earlier if they have a family history of breast cancer.
  • There are many options, including pills, patches, implants, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Your doctor can help you choose based on your health history and preferences.
  • Symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness. Management options range from lifestyle changes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  • Changes can be normal but sometimes indicate underlying issues. It’s best to discuss any concerns with your gynecologist.
  • Your gynecologist can teach you the proper technique for a breast self-exam, which you should ideally do monthly.
  • If you notice unusual discharge, odor, itching, or discomfort, contact your gynecologist for an evaluation and treatment.
  • At this time, Iowa Women’s Health does not offer Telehealth appointments.