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Women’s Health Center

Dedicated to Meeting the Needs of Women

The Women's Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides specialized primary care and mental health services for women as well as medical consultation services that address a wide range of women's health issues.

Staffed by a well-coordinated team of experienced physicians, nurse practitioners and mental health specialists, the Women's Health Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of women at all stages of life. At the Women's Health Center, every woman is respected as an individual with unique medical, social, cultural and emotional concerns.

Centers of Excellence

Few resources exist that address particularly sensitive issues, such as women's sexual function, or that provide comprehensive guidance to special populations of women, such as women with disabilities and women cancer survivors. In response to these needs, the Women's Health Center has developed several Centers of Excellence.

Center for Women's Sexual Health

The  Center for Women's Sexual Health provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for women with sexual problems in a discreet, caring and respectful environment.

Lifelong Learning and Community Outreach

The Women's Health Center is dedicated to lifelong learning for patients and health care providers in training.

A professional health educator works with patients who wish to learn more about their specific health needs. Both individual counseling and group programs are available that address a range of topics including preconception counseling, safer sex methods, bone health, cardiovascular risk factor education, weight management, and coping with chronic pain.

Group programs are conducted both on-site at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and off-site in partnership with community health affiliates. Other hands-on and in-classroom programs focus on educating health care providers in training. These programs address a variety of topics regarding
caring for women including sex and gender differences, patient-clinician communication, cultural competence, access to care, improving outcomes, and recognizing individuality.

Specialized Primary Care Services for Women

Clinicians at the Women's Health Center focus on preventing, screening for, diagnosing and managing conditions or illnesses that are unique to women, are more common or more serious in women, or have different risk factors in women. Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Breast and routine gynecologic care
  • Cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention
  • Contraception options and family planning
  • Headache prevention and management
  • Health and wellness for women with disabilities
  • Incontinence and pelvic floor problems
  • Medical issues during pregnancy
  • Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness
  • Metabolic disorders, including polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Primary care for women cancer survivors
  • Safer sex and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual satisfaction and problems with sexual function
  • Vulvovaginal problems, including recurrent vaginitis, vulvodynia, and vestibulitis
  • Weight management, including pre- and post-gastric bypass surgery care

Comprehensive Mental Health Services

In addition to extraordinary medical expertise, the Women's Health Center offers comprehensive mental health services that include individual consultation, couples counseling and groups. As integral members of the care team, the center's social worker and psychiatrist work closely with patients and their medical providers to identify and manage conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety and phobias, as well as transitional issues that often interfere with attaining the highest quality of life.

Medical Consultation Services

In addition to providing comprehensive care to patients who select the Women's Health Center as their primary care site, the center also offers circumscribed medical consultation services to patients at the discretion of their referring clinicians. Consultation is available for all of the special issues listed above, and referring physicians are welcome to communicate additional needs.

Contact Information

Healthcare Associates
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center, 6th Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215