Center for Women & Children
Complete care for women, kids and moms-to-be.
Helps women achieve total health through all stages of life: Well-woman care and exams, expert counseling around pregnancy and birth control, specialty care for complex conditions including cancer.
Your baby, your birth. Your care team will partner with you at every stage of your pregnancy to plan for your big day with individualized care suited to the needs of you and your baby.
When you have a sick kid, you want care right now. We make it easy with same-day visits, 24-hour virtual care for kids of all ages and a friendly care team that specializes in keeping kids healthy.
We're your partner when you need help starting a family. Our program offers centralized care and support for couples, singles and the LGBTQ community and is backed by proven treatments and innovative technology.
Your breast cancer risk depends on genetics, lifestyle and other factors. Change your odds with personalized guidance for healthy living, regular screenings and more lifesaving treatments to attack breast cancer than ever before.
Pelvic health is about quality of life. Our experts can help you find relief from common issues like leaks, discomfort and pain with therapeutic services or surgery for more complicated problems.
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Some of our common services:
- Routine and specialty gynecology
- Birth control and family planning
- Gynecologic cancer care
- Pediatric and adolescent gynecology
- Care for low- to high-risk pregnancies
- Genetic counseling and prenatal testing
- Specialized care for newborns
- Classes, tours and breastfeeding support
- Well-child visits
- Specialty children’s care
- Resources for families
- Evaluation and testing
- Fertility treatment options
- Fertility and cancer
- Patient resources
- Identifying risk factors
- Prevention and screening
- Treatment options for breast cancer
- Support and resources
- Identifying common issues
- Diagnostic services and testing
- Non-surgical treatment options
- Surgical treatments
Convenient care, in your neighborhood.
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- Office visits and procedures
- Pregnancy visits
- Vaccine visits
- Well-child visits
- Wellness exams
- Test results
- Billing estimates
- Visit summaries
- Medical history
- Medical records
Your Kids' Health
- Schedule well-child visit
- Schedule vaccine visit
- View test results
- Growth charts
- View records
- Ask your care team a question
- Prescription refills
- Provider referrals
- Health reminders
- Volunteer to be in a study
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Urgent Care and Virtual Clinic — help when and where you need it.
Can't get in for a same-day appointment? UW Medicine urgent care clinics are open 7 days a week for walk-ins or use the “Get in line” option and we’ll hold your spot in line. UW Medicine Virtual Clinic is available online 24/7.
Know when to go to the emergency room.
If you experience significant changes in your physical or mental functions and fear you have a serious, life-threatening illness or injury that could require emergency medical, surgical or psychiatric attention, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is a group of physical and emotional symptoms many women may have in the days before their period starts. Symptoms usually stop once the period starts. It’s thought to be related to the changing hormone levels of the menstrual cycle.
Symptoms may be different for each woman, but the most common symptoms of PMS are irritability, mood swings, trouble sleeping, anxiety, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, backache or headache, tender breasts, forgetfulness and trouble concentrating, acne and food cravings.
Risk factors include a family history of PMS; age (PMS becomes more common as women age through their 30s); anxiety, depression or other mental health problems; lack of exercise; high stress; a diet low in vitamin B6, calcium or magnesium; and high caffeine intake.
Aside from a complete medical history and physical and pelvic exam, there are very few additional tests. Your healthcare provider may ask that you keep a journal of your symptoms for several months to better assess the timing, severity, onset and duration of symptoms.
Lifestyle changes and medications can sometimes help manage PMS. Medications include water pills (diuretics), aspirin and ibuprofen to reduce pain, birth control pills and antidepressants. Lifestyle changes include increased protein in the diet, decreased sugar and caffeine, vitamin supplements and regular exercise.
Complications from PMS can occur if it goes untreated, which can exacerbate the symptoms and make life difficult. The two most severe complications that can occur in relation to untreated PMS symptoms are anxiety and depression.