Should Women Seek Gender-Specific Care?


It’s well known that health care isn’t one-size-fits-all. Each person comes with a unique health history, social/emotional factors, circumstances and environment. Women, in particular, have unique needs and considerations when it comes to their health.

Not only do women have conditions specific to the female body— pregnancy, breast health, gynecology, menopause— they also have distinctive social, emotional and physical factors that affect their health. When finding a health care provider, it’s important for women to not only find someone they connect with, but also find someone who is experienced in caring for women.

Most assume a women’s health expert is important when considering breast care, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. But what many may not know is how important a women’s specialist is for females with more “gender-neutral” conditions such as heart care, orthopedics and lung cancer.

Here are a few reasons why specialized care is so important:

  1. Women typically have smaller, thinner bones.
    Simply by the structure of their bodies, women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, and may respond to orthopedic care differently than their male counterparts.
  2. Women have unique heart symptoms.
    According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. Women’s heart attack symptoms, for example, can be significantly different than those of men. Many women who suffer from a heart attack never experience chest pain, instead experiencing fatigue or nausea.
  3. Hormones affect many aspects of health, and women’s hormones are unique.
    When hormones are out of balance, or during life changes such as menopause, women can experience changes in weight, libido, hair growth, sleep, appetite.

Seeking a provider experienced in the unique needs of women is vital to ensuring a woman’s good health. The new Rose Women’s Hospital seeks to bring these types of providers together into a singular place that provides not only the highest quality care, but also is convenient and accessible for busy women.

Kara Nicklas, chief administrative officer and development lead of Rose Women’s Hospital explains, “By creating a beautiful space and a tailored program, we aim to meet women where they are, with the highest quality of specialized care they need. The Women’s Hospital will not replace our current comprehensive hospital, but instead will be a renovation, reorganization, and expansion of our services and space.”

The campus, including Rose Women’s Hospital and Rose Medical Center, provides an expanding suite of specialized women’s care including cancer care; breast health; women’s heart care; women’s wellness; women’s weight loss; infertility care; women’s surgery; Rose Babies; gynecology and pelvic health; thyroid and endocrine health.

For more information, call 303-374-0756 or visit

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