An annual well-woman exam is crucial for maintaining optimal gynecologic health as you age. Whether you’re ready for your first pelvic exam or nearing menopause, board-certified gynecologist Randye Karmin, MD, at Miami Women Care, can perform your well-woman exam at the office in the Dadeland area of Miami, Florida. To schedule a well-woman exam, call Miami Women Care, or book an appointment online
A well-woman exam is an annual gynecological exam that focuses on your reproductive health to prevent disease and detect health concerns early on. As a woman, these annual visits are important for maintaining your gynecologic health.
How Dr. Karmin conducts your well-woman visit depends on your age and other health factors, such as your medical and sexual history.
Dr. Karmin begins seeing adolescents as young as 16 for an initial visit. During the first gynecologic exam, Dr. Karmin will ask you questions about your menstrual cycles, sexual health, and more. She will also check your height, weight, and blood pressure. A breast and pelvic exam are often not necessary during an adolescent’s first visit.
These first few visits are a time for you to get to know Dr. Karmin and feel comfortable at Miami Women Care. If you’re sexually active, Dr. Karmin may discuss contraception options and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing.
Once you reach the age of 21, Dr. Karmin will begin performing preventive breast exams, Pap smears, and pelvic exams to maintain your gynecological health.
A Pap smear is a procedure that tests for cervical cancer and precancers in women. It involves collecting cells from the outer part of your cervix. This small sample can help detect abnormal cells long while they can be successfully treated, long before they ever become cancerous. The collection of the pap smear should not be painful and can be accomplished very quickly and easily.
Beginning at the age of 40, Dr. Karmin recommends annual mammograms to check for irregularities and signs of breast cancer.
If you are older than 65 and haven’t been diagnosed with cervical cancer or precancer in the last 10 years, then you may no longer need Pap smears. Dr. Karmin will advise you on appropriate screening tests and the frequency of recommended breast and pelvic exams according to your history.
Miami Women Care is a judgment-free environment. Dr. Karmin understands that discussing your gynecological and sexual health isn’t easy or comfortable.
That’s why Dr. Karmin and her team ease your anxiety with patience and compassion. To prepare for the exam, have a list of questions ready to ask Dr. Karmin when you arrive. Also, be prepared to answer the following questions.
Your well-woman exam is a time to talk to Dr. Karmin about any concerns you may have about your gynecological health. To schedule an appointment, call Miami Women Care or book an appointment online.