All your health needs under one roof
Your medical needs will change throughout life. It starts with puberty and adjusting to menstrual cycles, proceeds through pregnancy and childbirth and continues to menopause and beyond. And through all these transitions, there are many specialized gynecologic health issues that can arise. So it’s important to have a highly capable, informed, experienced gynecologist specialist you can trust. As board-certified ob/gyns, we provide the full range of care for every stage of your life. Our well-woman exams include Pap smears, breast exams, pelvic examination for a variety of potential health problems, screenings for gynecologic cancers, bone density testing, digital mammography and more.
We also help you and your primary doctor monitor risk factors for general health concerns such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Your partners through every transition.
For teens, we help ease the transition to womanhood with exams, education about their needs, what to expect and the compassion and understanding they need. If you’re of childbearing age, we can help you plan and prepare for pregnancy or manage birth control options, including delaying having children until the time is right. If you’re approaching menopause, we educate you about changes, symptom management, what to expect and the risks and options you have.
For comprehensive care, depend on the gynecologist doctor team trusted by tens of thousands. Asheville Women’s Medical Center is among the area’s longest-established women’s health practices and has a reputation for advanced care delivered with genuine compassion and commitment. Contact us today at either of our convenient locations.
We encourage, honor and welcome your referrals. For more information about our well-woman exam, call Asheville Women’s Medical Center at 828.258.9191 today, or use our online Request an Appointment form.
Are you getting enough calcium?
First, estimate the amount of calcium you get from your diet each day. Foods rich in calcium include:
Approximate calcium content:
Milk (all forms) 300 mg in 1 cup
Ice cream 160 mg in 1 cup
Dairy yogurt 400 mg in 1 cup
Frozen yogurt 200 mg in 1 cup
Cottage cheese 125 mg in 1 cup
American cheese 160 mg in 1 ounce, Cheddar 200 mg in 1 ounce, Swiss 270 mg in 1 ounce
Calcium-Fortified Orange Juice 200 mg in 8 ounces
Green Leafy Vegetables
Broccoli, collards, mustard, or turnip greens 15-250 mg/cup
Canned salmon with bones 180 mg in 3 ounces
Canned sardines with bones 275 mg in 3 ounces
Subtract your daily calcium intake from the desired daily intake (your target is 1200mg daily).
The remainder is the amount of calcium you need as a supplement.
Calcium in pill form is just as good for your bones as calcium in milk and other foods, and without the calories! Calcium supplements come in various forms (calcium carbonate, calcium lactate, calcium citrate, etc.) Have your pharmacist be sure you get the one with the right amount. If calcium carbonate causes gas or constipation, calcium citrate (Citracal or Nutravescent) are good substitutes. Viactiv, a soft, flavored, chewable calcium is available. Mixing calcium and Magnesium together also helps if you get constipation with calcium alone.
Calcium supplements are best absorbed when taken with food and best taken no more than 500 mg per dose (for example, 500 mg two times daily).
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. If you need to take calcium, you should find a calcium source with vitamin D included (Citracal D, Viactiv, Caltrate D, etc.) 800 units – 1000 units of Vitamin D per day is not too much!