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From pregnancy to birth; from menstruation to menopause, Einstein Healthcare Network offers comprehensive care for every area of your life.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Services

As a leader in providing obstetrics and maternity care to people in the Philadelphia region, we have the experience and expertise patients need for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Our physicians provide expert gynecology care including preventive health screenings, Pap smears, and mammograms.

Women should have pelvic exams and Pap smears every one to three years after age 18, or after becoming sexually active—whichever comes first. Sexually active teens need regular pelvic exams to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, many of which have no symptoms in women or men. These infections can cause serious complications, and can even be transmitted to unborn or newborn babies.

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It's a good idea to start the life-long habit of breast exams as early as possible. Breast cancer is most easily treated - and cured - when found early.

Doing a breast self-exam (BSE) each month after your menstrual cycle ends, can give you a better chance of noticing any unusual lumps, dimpling, discharge from the nipple or other changes that can be signs of breast cancer.

When you have your regular pelvic exam and Pap smear, your doctor will do a clinical breast exam. Using fingertips, your doctor will carefully check each breast for lumps or other suspicious changes.

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If you don't want to get pregnant right now, your primary care doctor can help you decide what form of birth control and family planning program is best for you.

If you think you may be pregnant, it's important to understand your family planning options and to get the proper healthcare right away.

If you are under age 18, you are eligible for Einstein's free family planning program in the Philadelphia region, which offers examinations, pregnancy testing, birth control and treatment for infections. The program is available through Einstein's Teen Health Clinic and the Germantown Women's Health Center.

Family planning services are also available through Einstein Healthcare Network doctors throughout the Philadelphia and Montgomery County regions.

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If you think you may be pregnant, it's important to understand your options and to get the right healthcare immediately. Einstein's health experts can help you understand your options and make smart decisions.

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One of the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early is to have yearly mammograms after age 40.

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Symptoms of some common STDs may include painful urination, vaginal discharge, abdominal pain or genital itching. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away for STD testing and treatment.

Unfortunately, many STDs have no symptoms. That doesn't mean they aren't serious. Without proper treatment, STDs can cause problems including infertility, birth defects, liver disease and even death. STDs can also cause serious diseases in unborn or newborn babies.

If you have undergone STD screening and know you have an STD, it's important for you to tell your partner(s) in case they are not experiencing symptoms. Otherwise, they may unknowingly infect others or re-infect you after you have been treated.

If you think you have an STD, make an appointment to see a primary care doctor right away for STD testing and screening. If you are under age 18, Einstein's Teen Health Clinic offers examinations and treatment for infections and STDs.

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As a teenager, you are taking on many new responsibilities. One of the most important ones is managing your own health. Taking care of yourself now means you can avoid later problems including heart disease, cancer and difficulty having children.

The friendly and caring healthcare team at Einstein's Teen Health Clinic will work with you to take care of all your health needs including physicals, immunizations, sick visits and more.

If you are under age 18, you are eligible for Einstein's free family planning program in the Philadelphia region, which offers examinations, pregnancy testing, birth control and treatment for infections. The program is available through the Teen Health Clinic and the Germantown Women's Health Center.

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Preventive Health Services

Two of the most important keys to good health are prevention and early detection. Be sure to listen to your doctor’s advice about how to reduce risk for conditions such as cervical cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis, the bone thinning disease. You can take steps to detect problems early–when they're easiest to cure–by being regularly screened for certain conditions as directed by your doctor. Einstein's women's health experts suggest regular tests such as cholesterol, blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes screenings.

Have your blood pressure checked once a year. High blood pressure, which usually has no symptoms, can lead to heart disease.

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High cholesterol levels can lead to heart disease and should be checked at least once every five years until age 75.

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Make sure you get a diphtheria/tetanus booster every ten years. If you are thinking about getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about getting immunized for measles, mumps and rubella–three diseases that can cause serious birth defects. Depending on your risk factors, your doctor may also recommend an annual flu shot, periodic pneumonia vaccinations and a hepatitis B vaccination.

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When caught early, skin cancer can be treated and cured. Talk to your doctor about being screened at least every three years and about what signs you should look for on your own. Skin screenings are recommended for people as young as 30 if they have a family history of skin cancer or are very fair-skinned.

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Starting at age 40, have an eye exam every two to four years to check for vision problems including glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.

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Colon cancer can be prevented or cured if it's detected early enough. After age 50, have a fecal occult blood test annually, a digital rectal exam every five years, and a sigmoidoscopy every five years or a colonoscopy every ten years.

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Your risk for diabetes–a chronic, life-threatening and grossly under-diagnosed disease–increases as you get older. Have a fasting plasma glucose test every one to three years as directed by your doctor after age 50.

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Have a bone mineral density test at least once to determine your risk for developing osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease.

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Have this test for thyroid problems every three to five years if you are age 65 or older.

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Women can experience decreased levels of estrogen during and after menopause which can trigger physical and mental changes in the body such as depression or difficulty sleeping. The risk for more serious health issues such as heart disease, osteoporosis, or breast and gynecologic cancers can increase after menopause. Our health experts can help you address such concerns.

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The Marion-Louise Saltzman Women's Center staff recognizes the important role emotional well-being plays in our overall health. They offer counseling services to women who are seeking support in dealing with the emotional stress associated with medical, hormonal and reproductive difficulties, as well as marital or family relationships, eating disorders or concerns regarding personal or professional growth.

Einstein’s mental health centers also provide care and services for various needs to patients in the Philadelphia region and in Elkins Park.

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