Gynecology Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

OB/GYNs & Urogynecologists located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

Women start seeing a gynecologist early in their teen years. Because you need to visit your gynecologist regularly until long after menopause, it’s important to develop a relationship with a provider you can trust. The caring gynecology team at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California, gladly accepts new patients. Whether you need a routine well-woman exam, are trying to conceive, or need treatment for menopausal symptoms, schedule an appointment with one of the practice’s expert OB/GYNs. Scheduling is as easy as calling the office or booking a visit online.

Gynecology

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam includes all sorts of screening measures that are essential for women’s health. Usually, you need one each year. During your well-woman visit, Dr. Blumenfeld may:

  • Perform a pelvic exam or Pap smear
  • Order blood work
  • Run a urinalysis
  • Check your lymph nodes
  • Perform a breast exam
  • Evaluate your overall health

Which type of birth control is most effective?

All kinds of birth control are highly effective if they’re used properly. During your exam, talk with Dr. Blumenfeld about different types of contraceptives. He asks you questions about your lifestyle and future family planning to better assist you in making a decision.

The birth control implant has over a 99% success rate in preventing pregnancy and can be left in place for years. Both the birth control patch and birth control pill are over 91% effective, while birth control shots are 94% effective.

For example, if you take the pill, also use a condom during sexual intercourse. Not only does this protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), it also lessens your chances of getting pregnant even more.

IUDs are a great long-term option for contraception.  They are 99.8% effective.  They do require insertion but are immediately effective. Dr. Blumenfeld and the expert doctors at Women’s Healthcare offer both hormonal and non-hormonal IUD options.  The hormonal options include Skyla, Mirena, Kyleena and Lilletta, while Paragard remains the only non-hormonal IUD available at this time.   

Should I be worried if my Pap smear is abnormal?

Not necessarily. An abnormal pap smear could be a warning sign of cancer or an STD, but natural cell changes close to menopause sometimes cause abnormal Pap results.

Usually, Dr. Blumenfeld just repeats the Pap smear at a later time. If your results are abnormal again, Dr. Blumenfeld might order a colposcopy to gather more medical information on your vagina, vulva, and cervix.

If anything looks abnormal, Dr. Blumenfeld can take a quick biopsy at the same time. The colposcopy itself isn’t painful, but if you do need a biopsy, you might feel some pinching or cramping. After a pathologist evaluates your cells, you get a better understanding as to why your Pap test is abnormal and what steps you need to take.