Focus on women's health for all ages

September 10, 2018
Routine health screenings are one way to learn about risk factors, prevent disease, detect potential problems early and stay healthy.

TexomaCare OB/GYN Venus Nabors, MD, FACOG, is a big advocate of yearly well visits and routine health screenings for her patients. “Women are prone to taking care of everyone else, and as a woman, I can relate to that. But they must make time for themselves by eating right, exercising, reducing stress and making sure they get their yearly check ups and appropriate screenings,” she says.

Importance and timing of exams and screenings  

A common question asked of Dr. Nabors is the age when a woman should have her first gynecological appointment. “The first visit should be done at age 21, unless the woman is sexually active, is interested in birth control or has issues with her menstrual cycle,” says Dr. Nabors. “That initial visit includes a clinical breast exam, a pelvic exam and a pap smear.”

When patients become sexually active, Dr. Nabors recommends screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STD). “We test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and others. If you test positive, it is important for you and your partner to be treated,” she says. Dr.​ Nabors includes HPV testing at age 30, and offers routine STD screening until the age of 40. In addition, at age 30, Dr. Nabors says annual screenings for diabetes, thyroid disease and endocrine disorders are a good idea.

Dr. Nabors advises that patients begin getting yearly mammograms when they turn 40. “However, for women with a family history of breast cancer, I advise they get their mammograms earlier,” she says. Also suggested at this age are rectal exams, usually done at the same time as the pelvic exam. At age 50, Dr. Nabors encourages women to schedule a colonoscopy. But if you have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, you should have it sooner than 50.

As women get older, bone health awareness is important, so Dr. Nabors suggests a bone density screening at age 65. But she cautions that if you are Asian-American, a smoker, have a history of unexplained fractures or broken bones or take medicines that can cause thinning of the bones, you should be screened earlier.

Dr. Nabors suggests that her patients learn as much about their personal healthcare as they can. “I am happy to partner with them on their journey to good health,” she says.

Meet TexomaCare’s only female OB/GYN

Venus Nabors, MD, FACOG
Dr. Nabors provides a range of women’s services for all stages of a female’s life, from adolescence through menopause and beyond.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, GA
Memberships: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association
Location: Texoma Medical Plaza, 5012 S US Hwy 75, Suite 240, Denison, TX 75020

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nabors, please call 903-416-6260.