Fear Not Young Ladies! The In’s and Out’s of the First Gynecological Exam

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend a young woman’s first visit to the gynecologist sometime between the ages of 13 and 15 years, unless indicated sooner. This information may make any teenager reading this want to hide the magazine.

Female Athlete Triad

Athletics offer significant health benefits and contribute to improved physical fitness and overall wellbeing for women. For some, however, risk exists for the development of one or more of a triad of medical disorders that has been described in the literature as the FEMALE ATHLETE TRIAD.

Understanding and Treating Infertility

Infertility is a problem that many couples struggle with each year. When dealing with infertility it is helpful to understand the basics of the menstrual cycle, available testing and treatment options.

Volunteers provide women’s health services on isolated Pacific island

May 03, 2017 at 6:02 pm | By KATHERYN HOUGHTON Daily Inter Lake From a wing in one of two hospitals serving the Marshall Islands, Flathead Valley medical workers joined a team of doctors to treat a growing line of patients, many who had waited years to visit a women’s health clinic. In the pop-up […]

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a medical condition that can have a profound impact on a patient’s lifestyle and body image. The good news is most of these conditions can be treated, so contact your gynecologist today!

Pap Smear Guidelines

by Kassandra Patton, WHNP / Kalispell OB/GYN When you schedule your annual well-woman exam, you may be surprised to find that your visit does not always include a Pap smear. Current recommendations on this once yearly screening have changed much over the past 5 years. But first, let’s start with the basics: What Exactly is […]

150 Minutes For Your Health

Kimberley Forthofer, ARNP – Kalispell OB/GYN Obesity Rates Are Increasing According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) position statement and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans most healthy adults should engage in 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. Approximately 35% of the United States population is considered obese with nearly 70% […]

Tackle Menopause Like A Queen

Menopause, with the deple on in estrogen, is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. The average age of menopause is 51, though changes in hormones or perimeno- pausal changes can begin several years prior to menopause.

What is HPV and why is it important?

Dr. Thomas deHoop  – Kalispell OB/GYN Q: “I have teenagers (a son and a daughter) and I keep hearing about the Gardasil vaccine.  Generally speaking I’m not a fan of every vaccine available so is this one mandatory to protect my children?  What are the possible side effects and is it worth the risk?” Sincerely, […]

I have heard that I no longer need to get a Pap every year. Is that true?

Written by Dr. Jonas – Kalispell OB/GYN That is a great question! But before we jump into the answer, the most important thing to remember is that you still need to have a yearly exam. Your Pap smear constitutes a very small part of the annual health exam performed by your health care provider. And […]