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The Charlotte County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Women’s Health are working everyday to increase the awareness of women’s health issues.  Our mission is to ensure that all women and girls are healthier and have a better sense of well-being.  We want to reduce premature deaths due to chronic and infectious diseases, by making sure that our residents are aware of the issues surrounding their lives as Women.   We try to have the information and resources they need to live a healthy lifestyle.   

Primary Care

The primary care program provides coordinated, comprehensive, health care for acute and chronic diseases. Included are diagnosis, treatment, patient education regarding specific illnesses and their prevention, as well as good health maintenance practices. Examples of these services include: Physical examinations, medical management of hypertension, diabetes, heart and lung ailments, infectious diseases and other health problems not requiring a specialist or hospitalization. Primary care services are available by appointment.
 

Women's Health / GYN Clinic

Women's Health provides family planning, cancer and sexually transmitted disease screenings, as well as treatment for uncomplicated gynecologic problems through our Primary Care clinic at all three clinic locations. Gynecologists are available for further diagnostic testing in the event of any abnormal pap smear.
 

Family Planning

Family planning clinic provides testing, counseling and family planning support.  We offer a variety of current methods of birth control. There is no charge for the chosen method of birth control, only the office visit. Birth control methods include natural family planning, male and female condoms, diaphragm, vaginal rings and film, birth control pills, intra-uterine devices (IUD) and Depo Provera injection. Emergency contraception is also available. We participate in the Title X program for female and male sterilization. This is an income-based, federally-funded program.  Confidential pregnancy testing is available at all clinic locations.

A Tween Girl Smiling

Tweens

9-12

Two tween girls talking

girlshealth.gov

It’s My Life—PBS Kids GO!

ZIP 4 Tweens

 

During adolescence, your body goes through many changes.  You are becoming a woman.  This time in your life is called puberty.  During PUBERTY, you will notice changes such as new body hair, a different body shape, and GETTING YOUR PERIOD!!!  Learning about the exciting changes going on with your body will help you get through them, even if you are feeling unsure of yourself.  The first step is to get to know your BODY.  Realize that we are all different and unique.  Getting to know your body, and learning to love the woman you are becoming, will do wonders for your EMOTIONAL HEALTH.
Medical Exams:
     HPV Vaccine

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Teen Girls in a huddle

Teens

13-19

Teen Girl smiling

girlshealth.gov

Charlotte County Teens

Teens Health

 

By now, you have probably gotten your period, and realized that a lot is going on with your body. Now would be the time to take a more in depth look at your REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM. While you have become more confident, and realized that all girls go through these changes, you will need to be sure to practice good HYGIENE. Practicing good hygiene and feeling confident about your new body are great tools that boost your SELF-ESTEEM. As you get older, you will also realize that you have different feelings about the opposite sex. You may start thinking about dating and having a steady boyfriend. While these are all natural thoughts and feelings, you should get the FACTS before you go any further.

Medical Exams:
Pelvic Exam (if sexually active before you turn 21)
HPV Vaccine (if you haven’t already had it)

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Teen Central

Teen Growth—All About Your Health

Young Women’s Health.org

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Young Women

20-39

Young Woman Smiling

CDC.Gov/Women

National Institute of Health—Women’s Health

FL DOH—Women’s Health

 

At this point in your life, you have graduated from childhood into adulthood. Adolescence is over. As you go through the next years of your life, you might begin dating and thinking about marriage. Once you have settled into life and gotten married, you may begin to think about FAMILY PLANNING. It is very important that you continue to be physically active, as it is during these years that your metabolism starts to slow, and health issues can start to arise. For this reason, it is very important to start actively maintaining your HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

Medical Exams:
Pap Test
Blood Pressure (at least every 2 years)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (test with new or multiple partners)
Cholesterol (start at age 20, as recommended)
HPV Vaccine (up to age 26, if you haven’t had it)
*NOTE: Not all screenings are listed.
Here is a complete list of preventive screening tests.

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WomensHealth.Gov

HealthyWomen.Org

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Pregnant

Women

A pregnant woman sitting on a bench

My Midwife.org

Charlotte County WIC

DiscoveryHealth—Pregnancy and Parenting

 

If you have decided to start a family, you need to make sure that you consult your physician regarding any changes you will need to make to your CURRENT LIFESTYLE. There are many notions to consider when you are GETTING PREGNANT. If you think you are pregnant, it is important to understand the SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS of pregnancy. Caring for yourself will be vital to your unborn child’s health. Proper diet and exercise are essential to your PREGNANCY WELLNESS. It will not be hard, though, to get excited about your bundle’s DEVELOPMENT, and taking on the tender challenge of LABOR AND BIRTH.

Medical Exams:
Blood Test
Urine Test
Rh Factor Test
Ultrasound
Glucose Challenge and Tolerance Test
Group B Strep Detection
*NOTE: Not all prenatal tests are listed. Find more possible test requirements.

Learn more on this topic!

Charlotte Healthy Start

American Pregnancy Association

Middle aged woman in her garden

Middle-Age Women

40-59

A mother and daughter kiss

Our Bodies Ourselves

Society for Women’s Health Research

Revolution Health

 

You have just entered a new walk of life with many changes. You are achieving career goals, raising children and basically doing it all. As you achieve your goals it is important to take time out for yourself to RELAX. Remember to complete the recommended screenings, and make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments to prevent the development of chronic diseases. Prior to your body going through MENOPAUSE, be familiar with the symptoms and voice any concerns you may have with your physician.

Medical Exams:
Pap Test
Blood Pressure (at least every 2 years)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (test with new or multiple partners)
Cholesterol (as often as your physician recommends)
Blood Glucose/Diabetes (every 3 years)
Mammogram (every 1-2 years)
Colorectal (every 5-10 years after age 50)

*NOTE: Not all Screenings are listed. Find a complete list of preventive screening tests and immunizations.

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Speaking of Women’s Health

3 Mature Women Swimming

Mature Women

60+

3 Mature Women and a birthday cake

AARP Health

American Heart Association—Healthy Lifestyle

 

You are as young as you feel! The important thing to remember when you are a mature woman is that eating right and staying active keeps your spirit and body well. Being active strengthens your bones and helps prevent OSTEOPOROSIS and FRACTURES. Live life well.

Medical Exams:
Blood Pressure (at least every 2 years)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (test with new or multiple partners)
Cholesterol (as often as your physician recommends)
Blood Glucose/Diabetes (every 3 years)
Mammogram (every 1-2 years)
Colorectal (every 5-10 years after age 50)
Bone Density (at least once, but as recommended by your physician)
*NOTE: Not all Screenings are listed. Find a complete list of preventive screening tests and immunizations.

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Women.Webmd.com 

National Institute of Health—Senior Health

Quarterly Newsletters

National Health Observances

Women's Health Month

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

www.youngwomenshealth.org

Contraceptives


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