Advances in Women’s Healthcare

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Advances in Women’s Healthcare

We, at Northern Connection magazine, are proud to help create awareness regarding several healthcare concerns that can effect women throughout their lives and the various methods of care and treatments that are available.

Breast Cancer Screening – New technology is available with 3D mammography, known as tomosynthesis, for identifying potentially harmful masses in breast tissue. This state-of-the-art technology is the same procedure as with a typical mammogram, but takes many more pictures, showing very thin layers of breast tissue and a very clear identification of potential masses. With a standard mammogram, which only takes two pictures, there was often an overlapping of dense tissue that could result in a call-back for another mammogram. Now with 3D mammograms, there are fewer call-backs and a better chance of finding much smaller masses, as small as only a few millimeters, and at earlier stages. For more information, visit the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion at

Menopause – A woman goes through tremendous changes, both physical and emotional, during mid-life. Fortunately, there have been many advances in healthcare that take a holistic approach to a woman’s care, considering all aspects of her life. These aspects are often described as the 5-S’s (sleep, stress, sex, sweats and self-awareness) and may require a series of specialists and focused care including endocrinologists, gynecologists, urologists, osteopathic specialists, psychologists and more that can provide help and relief from the effects of menopause. The whole spectrum of mid-life care is available through the Women’s Health specialists of Allegheny Health Network. For more information, visit and be sure to register for their “Health for Her” educational series.

Peripheral Neuropathy – Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When damage to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. Many patients are suffering from symptoms of painful cramping, burning and tingling, difficulty walking, numbness and even interruption of sleep. However there is now an innovative, specialized treatment protocol that includes 9 specific combination of treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms. Locally, this innovative treatment protocol is offered at the Chiropractic Family Health Center. For a FREE Consultation contact Dr. Shawn Richey at (724) 940-9000 or through the website at

Pregnancy – The continuity of care from preconception through birth to care in the home, effects the entire family, both mom and dad as well as mother and infant. There have been significant developments throughout each stage to provide the best possible continuity of care. For example, there have been advances in helping a couple prepare for conception, making their bodies as healthy as possible, decreasing or removing potentially harmful toxins from their systems, and increasing certain supplements. Other innovations include the importance of bonding between among mother, infant and father at the moment of birth such as skin to skin contact that can improve breastfeeding, latching and the overall health of the infant and family unit. Additionally, for mothers wanting alternative birth options, West Penn Hospital offers an entire midwifery program. Mothers and mothers-to-be interested in a more natural childbirth process may opt for nurse-midwife birthing specialists to provide care. In the event of complications during pregnancy or labor, the nurse midwives collaborate with the obstetrician gynecologists of Allegheny Health Network’s Women’s Health. For more information on all the pregnancy and newborn services provided through AHN at its three hospitals that deliver babies locally, Forbes, Jefferson and West Penn, visit

Primary Care – As a woman, your healthcare needs vary and change throughout your life.  BHS Primary care physicians serve as an integral part in helping to coordinate care. They work with you to diagnose and treat health problems while helping you to achieve the healthiest quality of life. Your family doctor can support you to connect with quality specialists including:

  • BHS Dermatology for conditions like acne and eczema to options for skin cancer treatments.
  • The BHS Medical Spa offers a variety of services that can help you achieve a younger, more refreshed look. Our conveniently located site in Cranberry Township offers Botox, fillers and medical grade skin care products.
  • The BHS Center for Advanced Vein Care specializes in minimally invasive vascular surgical procedures (like varicose veins) that at one time may have required surgery.

Butler Health System has caring, compassionate specialty physicians to care for you through every stage of your life in convenient locations close to home. For more information on our physicians, visit


Be sure and look for more Advances in the Healthcare in our upcoming issue on Men’s health! If you know of additional healthcare treatments and procedures, be sure and let us know so that we can continue to inform and create awareness for the community by emailing or calling (724) 940-2444.