Women's Health

Edward  A.  Kelly Jr., MD -  - Family Medicine

Downingtown Family Practice

Edward A. Kelly Jr., MD

Family Medicine located in Downington, PA

Certain conditions require specialty care. Dr. Edward A. Kelly Jr. at Downingtown Family Practice helps the women of Downingtown, Pennsylvania overcome health risks and illnesses specific to their sex through his expert knowledge of the female reproductive system, contraceptive resources, and through comprehensive consultations, advanced diagnostics, and treatment options. Call Downingtown Family Practice today or make an appointment online to learn more.

Women's Health Q & A

What are women's health issues?

Downingtown Family Practice understands that diseases affect men and women differently and may require distinctive treatments. Though some diseases affect both males and females, others are more likely to occur in women. Diseases that affect women and girls include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast cancer and other breast disorders
  • Gynecologic concerns
  • Infertility and sexual health
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Heart disease

Other conditions are unique to women. Seeking specialty care in issues relating to pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs can ultimately save your life.

Women should also seek specialty care at Downingtown Family Practice when scheduling recommended routine breast cancer, cervical cancer, and bone density screenings.  

What issues only affect women?

The two issues that only affect women are related to gynecological and pregnancy issues.

Gynecological issues affecting women include menstrual irregularities, ovarian complications, and vaginal bacterial diseases. Pregnancy issues include prenatal care, pregnancy complications — such as miscarriages and stillbirths — breastfeeding issues, and congenital disabilities.

What health issues or conditions affect women differently from men?

Even though men and women are vulnerable to the same diseases and experience similar symptoms, women react differently to certain conditions.

More than 12% of women in the US are susceptible to contracting breast cancer, compared to men’s 1% likelihood.

Women are also more prone to strokes, due to multiple factors including the birth control pill, pregnancy, menopause, and more.

Urinary incontinence also affects twice as many women as men because of the way the female urinary tract is structured.

Downingtown Family Practice specializes in cancer and urinary tract infection prevention and contraception.

What are some diseases of the female reproductive system?

The most common diseases of the female reproductive system include:

  • Endometriosis: This disease occurs when the tissue lining the uterus grows in a different location. This could be on the ovaries, behind the uterus, and on the bowels or bladder. It can cause pain, infertility, and very heavy periods.
  • Uterine Fibroids: These are noncancerous tumors made of muscle cells and other tissues that grow in and around the wall of the uterus or womb.
  • Gynecologic cancer: These cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer.

To learn more about the preventive measures you can take to avoid any unnecessary risk and get the specialized care you need, book an appointment at Downingtown Family Practice either by phone or online.

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