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Women's Health Specialist

Piñero Preventive Medical Care -  - Family Medicine

Piñero Preventive Medical Care

Family Medicine & Preventive Medicine Specialists located in Orlando, FL

Going in for routine exams are so important for women’s health. During your visit, your practitioner at Piñero Preventive Medical Care addresses all of the concerns women have including birth control options, vaginal issues, or breast pain. If you’re in the Orlando, Florida area, call the office to schedule your appointment or schedule it online. The caring team helps you with any women’s health concerns you may have.

Women's Health Q&A

What happens during a well-woman exam?

Well-woman visits are routine exams that focus on the special health concerns women have. Most well-woman exams include:

  • Pap smears
  • Pelvic exams
  • Breast exams
  • Blood work
  • Urine testing
  • Lymph nodes evaluation
  • Heart health screening
  • Overall wellness check
  • Birth control discussions
  • STD prevention
  • Vaccinations (if needed)

When should I start getting well-woman exams?

It’s a good idea to have your first well-woman exam when you are 13-15 years old. You might need one sooner if you’re sexually active or if you start menstruating at an earlier age. Unless a need arises, you probably won’t need to have a pelvic exam, pap smear, or breast exam until you reach age 21.

Why are pelvic exams important?

As uncomfortable as pelvic exams are sometimes, they’re quick and relatively painless. Pelvic exams, which may or may not include pap tests, are essential for:

  • Screening for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Finding the cause of abnormal bleeding
  • Diagnosing vaginal infections, including yeast infections
  • Identifying uterine fibroids, prolapses, or ovarian cysts
  • Determining the best type of birth control for you
  • Finding early warning signs of tumors or cancer

Can I get help with hormone replacement therapy during my women’s health exam?

Yes. Women need hormones for all kinds of reasons. If you’re menopausal, for instance, you might need estrogen therapy to help you overcome hot flashes and vaginal discomfort.

For patients in the LGBT community, you might need hormone therapy as a transgender individual. In this case, your dedicated practitioner will find out which hormone replacement option is ideal for you, even if you started out with a different doctor. The team at Piñero Preventive Medical Care helps a large number of transgender adults with hormone treatments. They’ll ensure you get the treatment you need.

Do I need well-woman exams if I am transgender or do not identify as a woman?

Likely, yes. If you have breasts or a vagina, you still need to schedule your exam. While the term “well woman” implies the examination is for women, it is simply a commonly known phrase that targets health concerns related to your breasts or vagina. When scheduling your appointment, make sure to request a physical exam.