Women's Health Specialist

Laurie Thomas, MD -  - Family Physician

Laurie Thomas, MD

Family Physician located in TUCSON, AZ

As a woman, you can experience many kinds of medical problems that relate to your reproductive organs and the female sex hormones released by your ovaries. If you want to talk to someone you can trust about women’s health issues, Laurie Thomas, MD, of Tucson, Arizona, can help. Dr. Thomas is an experienced family practitioner who provides services for all women’s health problems with compassion and total confidentiality. Call Dr. Thomas today or book an appointment online.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is concerned with conditions affecting the female reproductive system and the female anatomy. Men and women share many of the same kinds of common health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and infectious diseases. 

However, some health conditions affect women exclusively, like endometriosis, or affect women far more commonly than men, like breast cancer.

What conditions would come under women’s health?

Examples of the types of conditions that come under women’s health include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Menstrual problems
  • Painful intercourse
  • Menopause
  • STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Breast disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Some cancers

Issues relating to the menstrual cycle, like painful periods and PMS (premenstrual syndrome), are common. The female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone responsible for reproduction and menstruation can also disrupt your life when you go through menopause.

If you have any urgent concerns about your health you should make an appointment to see Dr. Thomas, as well as attending a regular well-woman exam.

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam or wellness visit for women is much like a regular physical exam, checking your general health and well-being. However, a well-woman exam focuses on women’s health issues in particular.

Dr. Thomas carries out a pelvic exam as part of a well-woman check-up. She needs to see and feel the inside of your vagina and cervix to check for infection or abnormalities. During the pelvic exam, she can also carry out a Pap smear if you’re due for one.

Pap smears are essential tests that help identify the early stages of cervical cancer. Dr. Thomas takes a sample of cells from your cervix and sends them for laboratory analysis. The test results show whether you have any changes in the cells that could indicate they’re going to become cancerous.

Having a positive result doesn’t mean you have cancer, as not all changes in the cervical cells are cancerous. Being able to treat you at this early stage is vital, though, because later stages of cervical cancer aren’t so responsive to treatment and could be fatal.

If you have a women’s health problem, Dr. Thomas provides a welcoming, compassionate, and discreet service for diagnosis and personally tailored treatment solutions. Call Dr. Thomas today to schedule a consultation or a well-woman exam, or book an appointment online.