Because it could save your life! Well-Woman Exams involve a routine cervical screen for cancer. Early detection is key, and early diagnosis can only be discovered through a pelvic exam. The exam also screens for early signs of breast cancer, and STD’s. This is also an excellent time to discuss any other issues or problems you may be experiencing with your doctor.
At 21 years of age or once you become sexually active; whichever comes first;. These should be conducted annually.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends at age 40. However, if you have a close blood relative that has been diagnosed (especially before age 50), or meet other qualifying factors, your doctor may recommend starting sooner.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends significant testing in pre and post-menopausal women beginning at age 40-64. Here’s what you can expect:
- Cervical Cancer Screen/HPV Testing: every 5 years
- Breast Exam: Yearly
- Colorectal Cancer Screening: Yearly fecal Occult or Colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50 or 45 if you are African American
- Diabetes testing: Every 3 years after age 45
- Hep C Testing: Time for persons born between 1945-1965
- HIV Test: At least once during your lifetime, review for risk factors to determine if repeat testing is necessary
- Lipid Profile Assessment: Every 5 years beginning at age 45
- Mammogram: Yearly
- Thyroid Screening: Every 5 years beginning at age 50
Yes. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women at age 65 and over have a Pap and HPV test every 5 years, to screen for changes that could lead to cancer.
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YES! The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend the flu shot if you are pregnant during flu season.
I’ve heard that some doctors schedule unnecessary inductions or C-Sections to suit their schedule. Is this safe?
No. We strongly believe in a minimal intervention during labor, including avoiding unnecessary procedures that benefit the doctor and not the patient. Dr. Ramirez only performs procedures that are medically necessary for both ethical and legal reasons.
Yes. Dr. Ramirez will support your decision for a non-medicated labor and delivery. He will advise you of both the pros and cons, and intervene during labor if necessary.
While we agree with the American Pediatric Association that breast is best, this is ultimately a personal choice. Every woman is different. We fully support breastfeeding mothers and those who choose not breastfeed.