Raising the standard of care for women
To further our mission of elevating healthcare for women, Eileen West, MD and Associates is pleased to offer Women’s Health Consults for those who are not currently members of our practice.
Eileen West, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician and trained in women’s health. Dr. West believes in the importance of caring for women through a holistic approach based on lifestyle assessment and prevention. Her women’s health training allows for additional focus in areas that include menopausal medicine, sexual health, breast cancer risk assessment, and gynecology. She is committed to providing a safe space that offers compassionate, evidence-based medicine while promoting social tolerance and equality. ALL are welcome and celebrated in her practice.
Specialty consults for non-member patients investment: $325; patients can apply consultation fees to their HSAs if available. Any testing or lab work may be submitted to insurance if applicable.
Menopause is often a difficult time for women, and unfortunately, menopause management is under-addressed in today’s healthcare setting. Common issues resulting from the loss of ovarian hormones, especially estrogen, include:
Many women are also fearful of hormone therapy due largely to concerns of increased breast cancer risk. Many primary care providers may be reluctant to prescribe hormone therapy due largely to a lack of understanding of the current data suggesting benefit for menopausal women. As a result, the vast majority of women suffer in silence with untreated symptoms or, alternatively, seek care in non-traditional practices and receive therapies that are not FDA approved. Dr. West and Ms.Medicine are committed to an evidence-based approach to manage menopause symptoms.
Sexual health issues are extremely common in all women yet the vast majority of women remain untreated. Patients and clinicians alike are uncomfortable addressing the sexual health concerns of women. In addition, many primary care physicians lack sexual health training and do not have enough time during visits to adequately address sexual health concerns. Dr. West and Ms.Medicine are committed to addressing these issues.
One of Dr. West’s area of focus is sexual health. She is passionate about raising the standard of care for women and advancing evidence-based sexual health care across the lifespan of all women.
Each consultation includes a comprehensive visit/exam that allows time to address a variety of issues, including: sexual pain, menopause-related sexual dysfunction, low desire, and sexual dysfunction related to cancer treatment. Additional follow-up appointments are available as needed.
Women are more commonly affected by osteoporosis than men. In fact, statistics show 1 in 4 women aged 65 and older will develop osteoporosis. With a focus on osteoporosis management and bone health, Dr. West works with patients on lifestyle, prevention, and management methods when it comes to health issues and concerns related to this disease.
It’s time to change the conversation from detection to prevention. Mammograms detect cancer, but we now know so much more about ways to reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Women are aware that screening for breast cancer with an annual mammogram is important, and most women check the box off their annual mammogram and forget about their risk of breast cancer for a year. But an annual screening for breast cancer versus understanding the personal risk of developing breast cancer are two vastly different things.
Dr. West uses breast cancer risk assessment tools to determine an individual woman’s risk of breast cancer and compares that risk to the average risk of breast cancer for a woman the same age in the population – then develops a plan for risk reduction with appropriate screening.
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. The first step is understanding your own individual risk.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, you know that recovery looks different for everyone. Cancer survivors benefit from comprehensive healthcare, which requires time not typically allotted in traditional primary care settings. As survivors recover, it’s incredibly important they work with a physician who can help address the unique health and wellness needs of cancer survivors.
Consults include a comprehensive evaluation, including late-term effects of cancer therapies (chemotherapy, radiation, and drug therapy). Focus includes identifying opportunities for improved wellness, appropriate screenings, and late consequences of cancer treatment therapies. Additional 30-minute follow-up appointments are available as needed.