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Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine -  - Family Medicine

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

Women’s health encompasses more than the potentially life-saving Pap smear. Whether you’re due for a well-woman visit or you have pelvic pain, the providers at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine can help. They offer personalized women’s health care at the office in Orland Park, Illinois, to improve and protect your health. Call the practice today or make an appointment online.

Women's Health Q & A

What are common women’s health issues?

In addition to health conditions that can affect anyone, women also have a chance of developing reproductive health issues such as:

  • Abnormal periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine polyps
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful sex
  • Fertility issues
  • Breast cancer

Gynecologic cancers, including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar, are also a possibility.

Women also have specific sexual health needs at different times of life, such as STD screening, birth control, preconception care, prenatal care, and menopause issues. 

What services are included in women’s health?

The providers at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offer a wide range of women’s health services, including:

Well-woman visits

In addition to having a Pap smear, pelvic exam, and breast exam, your annual well-woman visit is an excellent opportunity to check in on your health. You can talk to your provider about any health needs or concerns and get personalized advice.

Birth control

The team offers birth control counseling to identify the best birth control to fit into your lifestyle and plans to have a family. They can prescribe oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, implants, patches, and other types of birth control.

Sexual health

Your provider also offers diagnosis and treatment for sexual health issues ranging from STDs to painful sex. The compassionate providers at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offer personalized care to help you stay healthy and safe. 

Menopause management

Some women experience disruptive symptoms as they approach and reach menopause. The providers offer personalized treatments to relieve hot flashes, weight gain, irritability, and other common menopause symptoms to help you maintain a healthy and active life. 

How often do I need to see a women’s health care provider? 

You should see your women’s health care provider at least once a year for a well-woman visit. Even if you don’t need a Pap smear, taking time to check in on your health and talk to your trusted health care provider can help identify issues in the early stages. 

Young women should begin to see a women’s health provider between the ages of 13-15. Having well-woman appointments at a young age allows girls to build a trusting relationship with their provider. This can help you feel more comfortable asking sexual health questions and eventually having pelvic exams and Pap smears. 

Call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine or make an appointment online if you’re due for a well-woman visit or have another women’s health concern.