Women's Health

Family Medicine located in Helena, MT

Women's Health

Women’s health services, like pelvic exams, pap smears, and hormone testing, help you monitor or detect conditions that affect your sexual, reproductive, or hormonal health. At Sage Medical Clinic in Helena, Montana, the team of expert family medicine providers offers a variety of age-specific women’s health services. Call the friendly staff today to schedule an appointment or reach out online.

When should I seek out women’s health care?

You can start discussing women’s health topics with Sage Medical Clinic during late adolescence, but you usually don’t need a full well-woman exam until your early twenties. 

As you age, your women’s health needs evolve. The team provides a long-lasting relationship that keeps you current with necessary services from puberty until menopause and beyond. 

What women’s health services are available? 

Sage Medical Group offers several services, including: 

  • Well-woman annual exams 
  • Birth control counseling 
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) and pregnancy testing 
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI) treatment 
  • Menopause management 
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines
  • Fertility treatment 
  • Family planning 
  • Adolescent care 
  • Endometriosis and fibroids care
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) care

Sage Medical Clinic has convenient in-house lab services that can provide immediate results for various tests like pregnancy and urinalysis. 

Depending on your needs, the team may recommend you to an outside physician if you need further specialized treatment. 

What happens during a women’s health exam? 

During the exam, your provider takes your vitals and asks about your lifestyle, family medical history, and any symptoms. They then conduct three main exams.

Breast exam

During this exam, you sit on the exam table and place your arm behind your head. Your provider uses two fingers to create circular motions around your breasts. This allows them to detect any abnormalities and identify any signs of breast cancer. 

They also educate you on how to do this exam at home regularly.

Pelvic exam 

For this exam, you privately change into a paper robe and then lie on your back on the exam table. You place your feet in stirrups located at the end of the table. 

Your provider then inserts a lubricated speculum (a small metal tool) into your vagina. This should be painless and a little cold. They check your vagina, uterus, vulva, and cervix for any noticeable signs of STIs, cysts, or cancer. 

Pap smear 

A pap smear tests you for cancerous cells in your cervix — Sage Medical Clinic recommends this every 3-5 years. During the procedure, your provider inserts a small, long swab into your vagina to collect cells in your cervix.

Call Sage Medical Clinic today or schedule an appointment online for your next women’s health appointment.