Women's Health

Ferguson Family Practice

Family Medicine & Occupational Medicine located in San Marcos, TX

Women should have regular evaluations of their reproductive health to stay in tip-top shape. At Ferguson Family Practice in San Marcos, Texas, Ashley Ferguson, RN, FNP-C, provides expert, thorough care for women’s specific health needs. To learn more about the women’s health services offered, such as diagnostic testing and well-woman exams, call the office or schedule using the online tool.

Women's Health Q & A

What is a well-woman exam?

During a well-woman exam, the Ferguson Family Practice team performs a comprehensive physical that includes a pelvic and breast exam. The visit is an opportunity to raise questions about your period, birth control, or sexually transmitted diseases. 

If you have symptoms such as pelvic pain or an unusual discharge, the team will run tests and offer treatment if necessary.

Who should have a well-woman exam?

Girls aged 13-15 benefit from having their first well-woman exam. At this visit, the comprehensive exam focuses on general health and questions about sexuality and menstruation. The first Pap test and pelvic exam are usually recommended when you’re 21.

A woman’s health needs change as she ages. The Ferguson Family Practice team can refer you to expert obstetrician care if you’re pregnant and can guide you through the transition of menopause.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It’s usually performed during a routine pelvic exam. 

The Ferguson Family Practice team uses a swab to collect a small sample of cells from your cervix. She then sends the sample to a lab for analysis. The swabbing causes some pressure and may be uncomfortable, but isn’t painful.

If your results come back “positive,” you may need additional evaluation. A positive result is not a diagnosis of cancer; it just means you have suspicious cells that need further investigation.

What women’s health issues should I be concerned about if I’m sexually active?

Women’s health care includes birth control counseling and treatment for STDs. These issues aren’t routinely raised at a well-woman visit unless you bring them up. You’re encouraged to do so if you have questions, needs, or concerns.

The Ferguson Family Practice team can inform you about the variety of birth control options available, including the pill, IUDs, and hormonal implants. They can provide prescriptions and insertion of some birth control methods.

Many STDs have no outward symptoms, so if you’re sexually active and not in a mutually monogamous relationship, testing is important.

To get your basic female health needs covered, contact Ferguson Family Practice. Call the office or use the convenient online tool to make an appointment.