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Women's Health: When You Can Visit Urgent Care

Sometimes, it just can’t wait. If you’re like most women, you want to get immediate attention for any health issues involving vaginal infections or surrounding a pregnancy - but oftentimes, you can’t get a same-day appointment with your OB-GYN. Of course, your relationship with your OB-GYN is one of the most important parts of your health care routine, but for some issues that just can’t wait, it’s possible to visit an urgent care center, rather than wait on a primary care physician or OB-GYN. For everything from pregnancy testing, STD screening, urinary tract infection treatment, and more, an urgent care center can help you get healthy faster.

Not All Women’s Health Issues Require the Emergency Room

A gynecological issue can often feel like an urgent medical crisis that requires the emergency room or a same-day appointment with your usual OB-GYN. We all know that sometimes it’s just not possible to get an appointment when we want one, but convenience is one of the reasons we operate our GoHealth Urgent Care centers. Online appointments or walk-ins are welcome and you will receive truly top-notch care.

For the most part, acute gynecologic issues do not require a costly visit to the ER. If you are experiencing symptoms of urinary issues such as a urinary tract infection or symptoms of vaginal issues like a yeast infection, an urgent care medical professional can help with urinalysis, diagnosis, and getting you the medication you need to get back to your normal, healthy self. An urgent care center can also be the best place to get a fast, convenient, discreet test for pregnancy or STDs, including HIV.

If you’re pregnant and in your first trimester, chances are you’re experiencing a host of health changes. Especially if it’s the first pregnancy or you haven’t experienced the symptoms before, having an urgent care center where you can stop in and check out any unusual health activity can be helpful for your peace of mind. Urgent care clinicians can easily address common first trimester situations like nausea, fatigue, dehydration, breast tenderness, spotting, morning sickness, and more. In some cases involving bleeding or early pregnancy problems, we may need to order at an ultrasound at a nearby outpatient radiology facility or within the out-patient department of one of our Northwell, Dignity, Legacy, Mercy or Hartford HealthCare affiliated hospitals, but most patients find that this is still more efficient than a long wait in another setting.  Should your situation prove to be serious, your urgent care doctor can get you to a specialist or advise you to visit the emergency room, but urgent care always makes a convenient and affordable 1st stop for anything that is not considered life-threatening.

What to Expect from Urgent Care for Women’s Health

We understand the special bond and ease that women often have with their primary gynecologist and we strive to make your visit as comfortable and discreet as any visit to your OB-GYN. Our urgent care medical professionals will ask you questions to make sure they fully understand your situation, perform a physical examination and send samples for lab work if necessary.

At GoHealth Urgent Care, we can treat symptoms associated with a number of women’s health issues, including:

Many of these conditions can share early symptoms, so be sure to make a little time to visit urgent care if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Unusual discharge, especially if it’s discolored, thickened, or smells unusual
  • Vaginal itchiness
  • Abdominal pain - we can help with pain from abdominal cramps, or what may be food poisoning, but if you are experiencing sharp or severe abdominal pain, please go to the emergency room immediately)
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Spotting

Without a doubt, we know that you have a lot on your plate. Work, school, kids, dinner, lunches, happy hours, commutes, committees, clubs--you name it. The last thing you have time to do is wait for an appointment with your OB-GYN or make a potentially unnecessary and expensive emergency room visit if you show symptoms of a UTI, or morning sickness during your first trimester of pregnancy. Save your visits to the OB-GYN for later-stage pregnancy questions or for longer-term health planning like your pregnancy plan. Urgent care centers are your best option for immediate women’s health care from highly-trained professionals, on your schedule, when you need it.

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