Women's Health

Women's Health
Receiving gynecological care from a fully-trained primary care physician can be an incredible asset, particularly because women have specific medical and health needs that fall under the umbrella of gynecological care. At Discover Health in San Francisco, women’s health specialist Dr. Radha Lewis uses her specialized skills, broad base of knowledge, and supportive bedside manner to provide the most comprehensive healthcare for women in the North Beach area. Call or book your appointment online today.

Women's Health Q & A

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Why is an annual well-woman exam important?

The annual well-woman exam is the cornerstone of preventive care in gynecological medicine. During your annual exam, Dr. Lewis covers many important aspects of your health, including:

General health

Depending on your age, health history, and any current medical issues, your well-woman exam may include screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Cancer screenings

Annual well-woman exams are when many women undergo routine screenings for breast and cervical cancer; Dr. Lewis may also recommend you have a colon cancer screening.

Vaccinations

If you need your annual flu shot or any other type of vaccination, you can get it at your annual exam.

Menstrual cycle issues

Your well-woman exam is an ideal time to discuss menstrual cycle abnormalities, including heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, or irregular periods.

Sexual infection screening

You can request sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings, including tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes.

Weight control

Dr. Lewis can also help you understand how to better manage your weight through regular physical activity and optimal nutrition.

Your annual well-woman exam is also an opportune time to learn more about your birth control options, receive preconception counseling, or get help with menopause symptoms.

Do I need an annual Pap test?

A Pap smear detects abnormal cells in your cervix, where the lower part of your uterus opens into your vagina. Early detection of abnormal cervical cells is the most effective way to prevent cervical cancer.

A Pap test is generally part of a routine pelvic exam, and it’s recommended every three years for women ages 21-65. If you’re older than 30, Dr. Lewis may recommend that you either continue getting a Pap test every three years or get a Pap test along with an HPV screening once every five years.

Women with an increased risk of developing cervical cancer, may be advised to have more frequent Pap smears.

When should I start having mammograms?

A mammogram is a special type of X-ray that detects breast cancer in women who don’t otherwise have any signs or symptoms of the disease. Mammograms are also used to help get a clearer picture of any questionable lumps or masses found during a routine breast exam or self-exam. Most women should begin having annual mammograms at the age of 40.

If it’s time for your annual well-woman visit, or you need to schedule a Pap test or mammogram, call Discover Health or book your appointment online today.

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