Through Every Age and Stage
Women’s health needs are unique. You deserve personalized care, so you can stay strong and healthy through all of life’s stages. Our women's medical specialties include breast health, obstetrics and gynecology, menopause, reproductive health and more. From young adulthood through to your post-menopausal years, AdventHealth Ottawa is here to guide you and support your body’s changing needs.
To Make Your Life Easier
- Well-Woman Exams
Yearly well-woman visits usually start sometime between the ages of 13 and 15. This is the time to begin building a great relationship with your care team. Regardless of your age or stage of life, certain things will always be discussed during these annual exams, such as:
- Health changes or concerns
- Medical and family history
- Preventive health measures
- Recommended vaccinations and screenings, including Pap tests
Your physician will also conduct a few routine checks during your well-woman exam, including your weight and blood pressure. You’ll also likely be asked to give a blood sample to help detect a number of health concerns including diabetes, high cholesterol and much more.
- Reproductive Health
Talking to your trusted team about aspects of your reproductive and sexual health is important. The women’s health care specialists at AdventHealth Ottawa are here to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.
- Breast Health
Screening for breast conditions is key to catching any issues early, when they’re most treatable. We’ll talk with you about your family history of breast disease and offer you the resources you need to make the healthy lifestyle choices that can reduce your breast cancer risk.
If breast imaging or other specialty services are needed, AdventHealth Ottawa’s got you covered. We collaborate with other breast health experts — such as surgeons and medical oncologists — to provide you with the appropriate care.
- Gynecology and Obstetrics
Maintaining your good health and treating disease is our priority. The women’s health care experts at AdventHealth Ottawa specialize in the services related to gynecology and obstetrics such as Pap smears, painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, urinary tract infections, pregnancy, and pelvic floor conditions, such as pelvic pain and incontinence.
What is Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a term used to describe poor bladder control.
There are different types of incontinence:
There are Several Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Symptoms
- Bracing the pelvic floor muscles when you cough, laugh or sneeze
- Keep a bladder and bowel diary recording voiding frequency, fluid intake, urgency and incontinence episodes to assist your healthcare provider in spotting any potential problems or trends
- Avoid common irritants
- Exercise correctly
- Perform exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, abdominal and hip muscles
Physical Therapists Can Help You By
- Educating you about your bladder, bowel, pelvic floor muscles and normal emptying techniques
- Giving you exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, hip and core muscles
- Diet modifications and behavior retraining
- Relaxation manual therapy techniques
- Referral to nutrition counseling
- Electrical stimulation for pain management and strengthening
If your muscles are very weak, your physical therapist may also use EMG/Biofeedback or electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles.
Biofeedback is a painless method of monitoring the electrical activity of your pelvic floor muscles using a computerized system which allows you to view the quality and quantity of your pelvic floor contraction. This provides instant feedback on how to effectively strengthen this muscle group.
Additional treatment may be recommended by your physician such as medication to treat infection, stop abnormal bladder muscle contractions, replace hormones, dietary modifications, or surgery to correct the bladder position.
During the peri- and post-menopausal years, a woman’s health needs change. Hormones start to fluctuate and many women experience changes in weight, sleep, bone and reproductive system health. You can count on us to provide individualized care to manage your menopause symptoms with safe, evidenced-based options.
- Specialty Services
Did you know that women are more likely to have a heart attack without chest pain? Or that women’s smaller, thinner bones make them more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis? At AdventHealth Ottawa, we understand gender-specific conditions and provide specialized women’s health services to ensure you get the preventive care, diagnosis and treatment you deserve — or, when needed, work with other specialists to bring you advanced care.
Comprehensive Women's Services
- Abnormal Pap Smears
- Birth Control Options/Family Planning
- Breast Problems
- Evaluation & Treatment
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Painful Period/Premenstrual Syndrome
- PCOS — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Perimenopausal Symptoms
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Urologic Symptoms including Urinary Tract Infections and Incontinence
- Vaginal Infections
- Well Woman Exams
Find Women's Care at AdventHealth Ottawa
Formerly known as Ransom Memorial Health
A hospital department of AdventHealth Ottawa
Formerly known as RMH Women’s Care
At Every Age and Every Stage
Women need personalized care as their lives — and health — evolve. Our multidisciplinary women's care team is here to help connect you with the resources you need to live your healthiest life every day and in every way. We’ve got you covered from your first annual checkup to your first mammogram and beyond. Let us help guide you, support you, and be your biggest cheerleader as you enjoy a life of better health, more joy, and greater confidence.