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Women's healthcare on the Gulf Coast

Whether you need a wellness exam, OB-GYN or maternity care, cancer screenings or other care, doctors at Ascension sites of care are here for you.

Taking control of your health starts with finding a care team to support you. And by choosing Ascension sites of care, you are connected to the care you need, close to home. Our doctors always start by listening to you. We know that each woman is unique. By understanding you and your health, we deliver the care that's right for you.

Get care for your everyday health

Taking care of yourself so that you can continue to take care of those you love is important. And staying well starts with choosing a doctor who listens to understand you. Whether you need a yearly wellness exam or checkup, vaccinations, help managing a chronic condition, have a minor illness, or want to talk to a doctor about what's on your mind, your primary care doctor is your first stop. Talk with your doctor about everyday healthcare questions, emotional health needs and concerns about symptoms. And, your doctor can help you stay healthy by providing preventive care and finding health concerns early. 

If you have a health condition that needs more advanced care, your primary care doctor will connect you to a specialist in heart care, OB-GYN, brain and spine care, cancer care, orthopedic care, weight management and more.


Choosing the right OB-GYN and care team is personal

You want an OB-GYN who understands you and your preferences and answers your questions — big and small. Your OB-GYN provides care throughout every stage of your life — from yearly exams and screenings to care during pregnancy and through menopause. We understand the unique healthcare needs of women and moms.

Choose a maternity care team that's right for you

Whether you're having your first baby or you're an experienced mom, you know your body best and your preferences are important. It takes a true healthcare partner to understand that no one knows your body better than you. So, doctors and care teams at Ascension sites of care start by getting to know you, answer your questions and understand your preferences. You'll be supported by a team that will provide the care you need throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery, follow-up care, pediatrics and beyond. We listen and talk through the choices that are right for you and your baby.


Mom and daughters laughing on couchScreenings can help detect cancer early

Regular screenings may help find cancer early, when it is most treatable. There may be more options for treatment too. That's why staying up-to-date on your cancer screenings is so important. And as a woman, recommendations for the cancer screenings you need change as you get older. 

In your 20s: You should begin getting regular Pap exams and clinical breast exams.

In your 40s: You should begin getting regular mammograms, in addition to Pap exams. At age 45, start talking with your doctor about colorectal cancer screenings.

50 and older: Continue getting regular mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings and Pap exams or as recommended by your doctor. If you have previously smoked heavily or have smoked cigarettes within the past 15 years, talk with your doctor about an annual low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Older women should ask their doctor about other screenings. 

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you're not alone. We connect you with cancer specialists in gynecologic oncology, breast cancer and more. 

Talk with your doctor about what cancer screenings are right for you based on your age, family history and health needs.


Get up-to-date on breast health screenings

Finding breast cancer early can help save lives. That's why it's important for women to get a mammogram every year, beginning at age 40. At Ascension sites of care, we offer many types of mammograms, including 3D mammography, the most advanced breast screening technology. Mammograms give you and your doctor a better understanding of your breast health.

By getting to know you and your health history, we can recommend the breast screening that's right for you. Make time for screenings that may help catch things early. And talk with your doctor anytime you have concerns between screenings.


Find supportive weight management programs

Weight-loss is personal, and so is the way we care for you. At Ascension sites of care, we offer supportive weight-loss options including medically-supervised weight loss and weight-loss surgery. We start by listening to understand you. Then we work together to create a weight-loss plan that's right for you. Our goal is to help you live a healthier life. Start by watching a free seminar. A seminar can help you learn more and decide whether surgery is right for you. We're here for you at every step.


Pelvic floor physical therapy 

Pelvic floor physical therapists at Ascension Sacred Heart understand how pelvic floor disorders can keep you from being confident and comfortable doing everyday things. We start by listening to your concerns and answering your questions. And by understanding you and your symptoms, we deliver therapy that’s right for you. We use the latest technology to deliver specialized procedures and offer personalized treatment options for pelvic floor conditions, including:

  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction
  • Cancer-related dysfunction
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pregnancy and postpartum related conditions
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Vulvar disorders
  • Vulvodynia (vestibulitis)
  • Other conditions affecting the pelvic floor 

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