Women's Health

Decatur Health and Wellness

Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR

Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine located in Tucker, GA

Women’s health issues almost invariably involve the most intimate examinations and conversations, so you need to find a provider who inspires confidence and with whom you feel at ease. Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR, of Decatur Health and Wellness in Tucker, Georgia, is an experienced primary care physician who provides a comprehensive range of women’s health services, all delivered with sensitivity and compassion. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harrington by calling Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health focuses on conditions that wholly or mainly affect women. These conditions could be related to the actions of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, for example, menstrual pain and the side effects of menopause. They may also be related to the female reproductive organs, which include:

  • Uterus
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Cervix
  • Vagina
  • Vulva
  • Breasts

Some conditions that are often thought of as women’s health problems do affect men, but to a lesser degree, for example, breast cancer, osteoporosis, or abnormal weight gain.

One of the most valuable tools for preventing women’s health problems and spotting the early signs of infection or disease is the well-woman exam.

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam is an annual checkup that Dr. Harrington at Decatur Health and Wellness carries out to make sure you’re healthy and well in all respects, but with a particular focus on your reproductive organs and sexual health. The well-woman exam is an opportunity for you to raise any issues you need advice on, for example, birth control, testing for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), or symptoms that might indicate a hormonal imbalance.

You can combine your well-woman exam with your regular Pap smear as well. The Pap smear is a vital routine test that involves Dr. Harrington taking a sample of cells from your cervix. The laboratory analyses the sample to identify any cell changes that could be a sign of cervical cancer, enabling you to start treatment in good time if there’s any cause for concern.

What conditions come under women’s health?

Many conditions come under women’s health problems, some of the most common being:

  • Yeast infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Although many women don’t experience any significant problems with their menstrual cycle or during menopause, many others suffer chronic pain, emotional distress, mood disorders, and other unpleasant symptoms.

Dr. Harrington can check for any underlying causes of your symptoms, and prescribe effective treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms. She can also advise and support you in making lifestyle changes that can play a major part in alleviating many of these symptoms and improving your overall health.

To book your well-woman exam or discuss any women’s health issues, call Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.