Women's Health

Dominion Family Healthcare

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Reston, VA

A woman’s role in reproduction places unique demands on her body, so a primary care physician with a strong background in gynecology, such as Dr. Bijal Katarki of Dominion Family Healthcare in Reston, Virginia, is a strong choice to stay on track as a healthy woman. Call the office today, or request an appointment online, if you’re seeking advice or treatment in any area of women’s health.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s healthcare?

The branch of medicine focusing on diseases and conditions affecting the physical and mental wellness of women is called gynecology, though not all medical practitioners have gynecologist designations. Any doctor with a background in family practice has clinical experience with women’s health issues, so it isn’t usually necessary to seek out a specialist simply because you’re a woman.

The ability to bear children means that there are health concerns unique to the female body, whether or not she has been pregnant. Even conditions such as heart disease and cancers, which can strike either gender, have different signs and symptoms in a woman’s body. Every woman may have a team of care providers to maintain their health. This team can include:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician’s assistants
  • Obstetrician/gynecologists
  • Perinatologists (OB/GYN specialist in high-risk pregnancies)
  • General surgeons

Why is women’s healthcare so important?

It isn’t all about your unique physiology as a woman. As well as protecting your ability to bear children, receiving personalized healthcare from Dr. Katarki helps to close some of the medical care gaps that exist between women and men.

Traditionally, the research upon which many diagnostic and treatment protocols are built don’t accurately reflect the proportions of women experiencing some conditions in the real world. For example, guidelines for preventing cardiovascular disease in women used clinical data that included far fewer women – in some cases none – as a basis for recommendations. Less than one-third of test patients were women, though women now account for more than half of all heart disease deaths.

What are the main components of women’s health?

Since your body is a complex collection of systems, women’s health care can be equally as complex. Services fall into a variety of categories, including:

  • Breast care: cancer screening, mammography, ultrasound
  • Infertility: treatment and counseling
  • General health services: gynecologic exams
  • Pregnancy and childbirth: prenatal planning, delivery, postpartum care
  • Preventive care: Pap smears, cervical cancer screening
  • Reproductive health: treatment for abnormal pap smears, human papillomavirus (HPV),
  • Sexual health: contraception, sexually transmitted disease education, screening including HIV

Call or click today to arrange an appointment at Dominion Family Healthcare, whether you have a current women’s health issue, or if you’re concerned about effective preventive care.