Westlake Women's Health Specialists
Stephanie Mandelman, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Westlake Village, CA
The team at Westlake Women’s Health Specialists in Westlake Village, California, understands the importance of annual exams, which often include breast exams, Pap smears, mammogram orders, and more. Board certified Obstetrician/gynecologist Stephanie Mandelman, MD, can help you maintain your health and identify medical problems early on before complications can develop. To schedule an appointment with the compassionate team at Westlake Women’s Health Specialists, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Annual Exams Q & A
What are annual exams?
Annual exams for women at Westlake Women’s Health Specialists include the requisite medical evaluations and treatments that keep you in good health. Getting a physical yearly is the best way to prevent (or treat early), and detect women’s health issues such as breast, cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), osteoporosis, and more.
What should I expect during an annual exam?
Friendly staff members greet you when you arrive at Westlake Women’s Health Specialists. A provider checks your temperature, weight, blood pressure, and other vital signs before Dr. Mandelman completes the following:
Medical history review
Dr. Mandelman personally reviews your medical history, including the medications you take, past diagnoses and surgeries, allergies, and your family history of disease.
She takes a complete gynecological and obstetrical history, to best see what is needed and how to proceed.
During a breast exam, Dr. Mandelman can evaluate your breasts for signs of cancer. She may order a mammogram if you’re due for one or if you notice new or unusual changes in your breast tissue.
During a pelvic exam, Dr. Mandelman evaluates your cervix and other reproductive organs. She may perform a Pap smear by taking a tissue sample to screen for signs of cervical cancer and complete human papillomavirus (HPV) screening if indicated.
Depending on your health and risk factors, Dr. Mandelman might recommend you undergo certain diagnostic tests. Examples include urine tests, blood tests, STD testing, heart function tests, or bone density screenings.
If you have a women’s health condition requiring treatment, Dr. Mandelman may suggest taking medications or dietary supplements, making lifestyle changes, or undergoing diagnostic tests or minor surgical procedures. She also offers contraception (birth control) and immunizations as needed.
When should I schedule an annual exam?
Unless Dr. Mandelman recommends more frequent visits because of a women’s health issue, schedule an annual exam once a year. Call Westlake Women's Health Specialists if you become pregnant or experience new or unusual symptoms like abnormal or heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, or a lump in your breast.
To maintain exceptional women’s health and wellness, schedule an annual exam with Westlake Women's Health Specialists. Call the office or book an appointment online today.