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Women’s Health Clinics

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Women’s health clinics are doctor’s offices that specialize in the care and treatment of women. Basic care is covered by health insurance programs and available to all women, even those on low incomes.

Women's health clinics can be utilized for:

• Annual physical exam
• Smear tests
• Evaluation of abnormal smear results
• Breast examination
• Vulval biopsies
• Treatment of uterine fibroids
• Treatment of vaginal infections

• Treatment for endometriosis
• Contraceptive services
• Pregnancy testing
• Advice on menstrual period problems and treatment

Pregnancy-related tests eg., amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling for Down’s syndrome, spina bifida, etc. cause risk of infection into the amniotic sac, rhesus disease in RH negative mothers and needle injuries. Club foot could develop, particularly before week 15. Risk of miscarriage is around 1 in 100.

A medical problem that is not a "women’s problem" such as diabetes will be referred to the appropriate health care provider.

The state of Texas does not allow funding to women’s health clinics that also perform abortions, so you will not be able to get insurance to cover your care in that case. You would then have to find a clinic that does not perform abortions.

There are also integrated clinics that combine alternative therapies with conventional medical care and provide additional services that are not part of basic care, such as:

• Fertility advice and treatment
• Nutritional advice
• Counseling on PMS and hormones
• Self-empowerment counselling
• Help with depression or anxiety
• Information on supplements
• Alternative menopause treatments
• Alternatives to hysterectomy
• Some integrated clinics do beauty treatments like hair removal and facials.
• A second opinion from your regular gynecologist
• 4D ultrasound scan (The FDA warns against "keepsake" reasons, due to health concerns)

Health clinics, both conventional and integrated, can be found in the phone book or online.

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