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Women's Health Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

Many health issues affect only women, and others are more common among women, which is why individualized women’s health care is so essential. Family physicians Melinda Jorge, MD, Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team at Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland, provide comprehensive women’s health care, including Pap tests. For excellent care in women’s health, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Women's Health Q&A

What are the most significant women’s health issues?

Women can experience various health issues, like pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause, throughout their lives. Women’s unique biology makes them vulnerable to many health conditions that don’t affect men, such as uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers.

Additionally, women are more likely to develop certain conditions that also affect men, like breast cancer, osteoporosis, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and urinary incontinence. The greatest threat to women’s health is heart disease, the leading cause of death for both women and men.

What are some common women’s health services?

The team at Jivana Care provides high-quality primary care for women in all stages of life. 

Depending on your age and overall health, you may need one or more of the following women’s health services:

  • Pap tests
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing
  • Menopause counseling
  • Contraception and family planning
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Hormone testing
  • Blood pressure and heart disease screening
  • Vaccinations

The caring providers at Jivana Care perform annual women’s physicals, including a medical history review and discussion of your lifestyle habits. If you’re due for a Pap test, which involves swabbing the cervix to check for abnormal cells, they do that during your exam as well. Pap tests play an important role in preventing cervical cancer.

How can I prevent women’s health problems?

The best thing you can do to reduce your risk for women’s health problems is to get routine physicals at Jivana Care. Physicals are a crucial aspect of preventive medicine because they help your doctor catch warning signs of disease before they become a serious condition. Keeping up with your regular checkups now can prevent health problems in the future.

Your provider evaluates your personal risk factors for disease and coaches you on ways you can make healthier choices. Depending on your needs, this may include:

  • Managing stress
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Exercising most days
  • Quitting smoking
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all

If you need help implementing healthy lifestyle habits, the team at Jivana Care can help. They offer a drug-free weight-loss program and can connect you with resources to help you quit smoking or drinking.

For individualized treatment in women’s health, call Jivana Care or book an appointment online today.