Screen_Shot_2024-05-06_at_10.jpegAs we celebrate Women’s Health Month, it is important to highlight the importance of routine care for women. Many women tend to put their health on the back burner due to busy schedules and other priorities. In fact, 45% of American women skipped routine health screenings in the past year because of inability to afford or lack of time. However, regular check-ups and screenings are crucial for maintaining overall health and preventing potential health issues.

Genesis Women’s Health and Gynecology, a gynecology practice in the Genesis Medical Associates network and known for providing excellent women's health and gynecologic services in Pittsburgh, understands that women lead busy lives and may overlook their own health needs. This is why our team of medical experts, led by Dr. Nicole Waltrip, is dedicated to providing  comprehensive care for women of all ages, from adolescence through menopause and beyond.

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If you are among this 45%, here are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t skip your routine check-ups ever again:

1. Detecting of Health Issues Early

Many diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, have a higher chance of successful treatment when detected in their early stages. Regular screenings and check-ups with your PCP and gynecologist can help detect any abnormalities or warning signs that may go unnoticed otherwise.

At Genesis, our team offers a variety of screenings and tests specific to women’s health, including pap smears, breast exams, and pelvic exams. These routine procedures can help detect issues such as cervical cancer, breast cancer, and other gynecologic conditions early on, improving the chances of successful treatment.

2. Addressing Reproductive Health

One aspect of women's health that is often overlooked is reproductive health. Routine check-ups allow your doctor to assess your reproductive health and address any concerns or issues you may have. This can include:


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a common concern for sexually active women. Routine check-ups allow your doctor to screen for STIs and provide treatment if necessary, helping to prevent complications and transmission. At Genesis, we offer confidential testing and counseling to help women understand their risks and protect their health.


Menstruation, or periods, can be an indicator of a woman's health status. Changes in your cycle could signal underlying health issues. Our doctors can help manage and treat common menstrual disorders, ensuring that your menstrual health does not disrupt your daily life.


Fertility discussions and evaluations are an integral part of women's health care. Whether you're considering starting a family soon or in the future, understanding your fertility can help you make informed decisions. Our specialists provide fertility assessments and counseling to guide you through your options.


Choosing the right contraception is vital for managing reproductive health. There are various types of contraception available, and what works best can vary greatly from woman to woman. Our team offers comprehensive counseling to help you choose the method that aligns with your health goals and lifestyle.

3. Updating Vaccinations & Immunizations

Keeping up with vaccinations and immunizations is vital to women's health care, particularly for those with specific health concerns at different life stages. At Genesis, we focus on personalized vaccination schedules that cater to your unique health profile. From HPV vaccines recommended for younger women  (recommended at age 11 or 12 through 26) to help prevent cervical cancer, to shingles and flu shots for older adults, we ensure your immunization record is up-to-date.

Pregnant women or those planning for pregnancy can also receive guidance on necessary vaccinations to protect both mother and baby. Our team is here to provide specialized advice, ensuring you receive the most relevant and beneficial immunizations.

4. Monitoring Chronic Conditions

Many women suffer from chronic health conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and urinary incontinence. Regular check-ups allow your doctor to monitor these conditions, adjust medications as needed, and address any concerns or symptoms that may arise.

Our team works closely with our patients to develop personalized treatment plans for chronic conditions and provides ongoing support and education to help manage these conditions.

5. Mental Health Screenings

Women may face unique mental health challenges, such as postpartum depression and menopause-related mood changes. Routine check-ups provide an opportunity to discuss any mental health concerns and receive necessary support and resources.

At Genesis, we understand that mental health issues are just as important as physical health. Our team offers support, screenings, and other resources to help our patients manage their mental well-being and improve their overall quality of life.

6. Prioritizing Women's Health Education

Education is a pivotal component in empowering women to make informed decisions about their health. Understanding the various aspects of women's health and being knowledgeable about one's body can significantly influence health outcomes. This is why our team at Genesis believes in providing comprehensive education about women's health and the various health issues that may arise throughout a woman's life.

Breast Health

Breast health education is an essential aspect of women's health, as breast cancer remains one of the most prevalent types of cancer among women. Our team at  Genesis Women's Health and Gynecology provides comprehensive breast health education to help women understand how to maintain optimal breast health and detect any potential issues early on. We also offer breast exams and mammograms to screen for breast cancer.

Menopause Education

Menopause can bring about significant physical and emotional changes for women. Our team at Genesis provides menopause education and support to help women navigate this transition in their lives. We also offer individualized treatment plans to manage symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and more.

Sexual Health

At Genesis Women's Health and Gynecology, we believe that open and honest communication about sexual health is crucial. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for our patients to discuss their sexual health concerns, receive education on safe sex practices, and access necessary resources such as birth control and STI testing.

Adolescent & Adult Gynecology

At Genesis, we understand that women's health needs vary at different stages of life. That's why our team offers specialized gynecological care for both adolescents and adults, providing education on puberty, menstrual health, and birth control options to empower young women to take charge of their reproductive health, as well as offering dedicated services like menopause management, preventive screenings, and treatments for conditions prevalent in senior women to ensure comprehensive care throughout all phases of life.

Choose Genesis For Women's Health!

Women's Health Month serves as a reminder for women to prioritize their health and not overlook routine care. This includes scheduling regular check-ups and screenings, as well as addressing any concerns or changes in health with a trusted healthcare provider. 

Our team of experts at Genesis Women’s Health and Gynecology, led by Dr. Nicole Waltrip, is dedicated to improving women's health through specialty care and comprehensive services. Together, we're committed to not just attending to immediate concerns, but to partner with you in fostering long-term wellness and empowering you with the knowledge and resources to lead a healthier, fuller life.

If you have been putting off your routine care, now is the time to  schedule an appointment with Genesis Women’s Health and Gynecology. Let's work together toward a healthier you!

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