Women have specific health needs and require an annual well-woman exam to ensure overall health and wellness. Andrea Perez, DO, at Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, serving in the Bronx, West Farms, and Parkchester neighborhoods of New York City, is a family medicine physician who trained to be able to take care of the health needs of all, including the specialized health needs of women. Dr. Perez provides a pelvic exam and Pap smears when needed. Call the office, or schedule your well-woman exam online.
A well-woman exam is your annual physical that focuses on the health and wellbeing of your reproductive organs. This annual visit gives both you and Dr. Perez a picture of your overall health and helps you both develop a strategy to maintain or improve wellness. Your annual visit with Dr. Perez also helps you establish a more trusting doctor-patient relationship, which improves overall care.
The well-woman exam is a thorough physical that assesses your overall health and the health of your reproductive organs. To get the best picture, Dr. Perez conducts a physical exam, which includes:
To evaluate your reproductive health, Dr. Perez conducts a pelvic exam, which includes:
Dr. Perez also updates your immunizations and may recommend additional testing to further assess your health. She also talks to you about steps you can take to prevent illness and may make recommendations for supplements or provide prescriptions for medications.
A Pap smear is a gynecological test that checks for precancerous cells in the cervix. Dr. Perez conducts the Pap smear during your pelvic exam. She inserts a speculum into your vagina and then swabs a sample of cells from your cervix, which is then sent out for testing.
Women should start getting regular Pap smears at age 21 and then get rechecked every three years up until age 65. Finding abnormal cells early may help improve treatment and outcomes.
Because of your short urethra, women are more prone to UTIs than men. UTIs are an infection that occurs in your urethra, ureters, bladder, or kidneys.
If you’re experiencing pain or burning during urination, you may have a UTI. Dr. Perez can perform a quick urinalysis to determine if you have a UTI and prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the infection. While taking the medication, it’s important to take it as prescribed and drink plenty of fluids to help flush out the bacteria and prevent a recurrence.
Call Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC if it’s time for your annual well-woman exam, or book an appointment online.