Routine Wellness Exams
An annual checkup is the single best thing a woman can do to protect her health. Our patients receive a comprehensive examination that includes:
- Pap smear (we use only “thin prep” smears and HPV testing because of their superior accuracy)
- Clinical breast exam
- Mammogram and ultrasound breast exam referral (routinely starting at age 40); MRI may be recommended if further clarification is needed
- STD screening
Today, “the pill” is just one of many safe, reliable contraceptive methods including the vaginal ring, IUD, Depo injection, and the in-office Essure procedure. Each method has its own unique advantages. We take the time to explain all of the options so each patient can choose the method that’s best for her.
For a young woman, the first gynecological visit is an emotional experience. For a physician, it’s the first opportunity to create a trusting doctor-patient relationship. We start with a general introduction to the office & staff and then move on to a discussion of the young woman’s monthly cycles. If she is sexually active, we discuss STD prevention and contraception options. If she is not sexually active and there are no indications of problems with her cycle, we forgo the first pelvic exam until a future visit when her comfort level is higher. The first visit is recommended at age 21.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones to help resolve symptoms related to aging or menopause. Bioidentical hormones are considered more natural compared to standard HRT because the hormones are chemically identical to those produced by the human body. Most of our patients prefer Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to pharmaceuticals due to this natural advantage and our ability to customize the dose to your individual needs, making the treatment more efficacious and at a lower dose than traditional methods.
Menopause is an important time for osteoporosis detection (we recommend a DEXA bone density scan) and prevention (calcium, exercise and, if needed, medication therapy).