Women’s Health Program

The physicians of Ohio GI/Gastro Health understand how gastrointestinal disorders can be different in men and women. Although there are many conditions that are not unique to women (ie. constipation, diarrhea, GERD/reflux, anemia), certain risk factors, as well as the course of illness, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations may be different between the sexes. Additionally, women may suffer from disorders affected by their anatomy, hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, and prior surgeries. For instance, women are more susceptible to pelvic floor disorders, including fecal incontinence, due to prior pregnancies and childbirth.

Colon cancer screening is appropriate for all persons, regardless of gender, beginning at age 50 for those at average risk. However, there are some women in whom this would be recommended earlier, such as those with some gynecologic cancers. Colonoscopies themselves may be more difficult in women due to a more compact body habitus, slightly longer colon, and prior pelvic surgeries, like Caesarean section and hysterectomy. We understand these differences.

We specialize in women’s digestive disorders and concerns. We recommend maintaining a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet with adequate fiber and water intake, consider probiotic foods, and stay active. Our physicians support healthy gastrointestinal function in women, and we work with each patient individually to resolve their digestive health problems.