You don’t have to be pregnant or in need of birth control to visit your gynecologist. At Dr. Umaima Jamaluddin’s office in Bakersfield, California, she offers well-woman examinations to check for various reproductive health issues, including sexually transmitted diseases and certain types of cancer. Your wellness visit is also the ideal time to discuss any questions you may have. Use the online booking form or call Dr. Jamaluddin’s office to schedule a well-woman exam today.
You should get a well-woman exam once a year. At your appointment, you receive testing that allows Dr. Jamaluddin to detect early on any severe health issues, including cancer.
Early detection results in the best prognosis. For instance, if you have an untreated STD, it can eventually lead to infertility.
The first step of your exam includes an external evaluation of your vaginal opening and vulva. Dr. Jamaluddin also uses a speculum to examine the inside of your vagina.
To determine if you may have breast cancer, she examines your breasts using her hands to assess them for lumps and thickening of the tissue and visually inspects them for redness, rash, swelling, or dimpling.
During a well-woman exam, Dr. Jamaluddin performs a Pap smear, a test that involves scraping cells from the cervix to test for abnormalities that could lead to cancer. A Pap smear can also show signs of an STD. Once the test is complete, Dr. Jamaluddin inserts her fingers gently into the vagina to feel for swelling or pain that could indicate an STD or cancer.
Dr. Jamaluddin discusses any issues you’re experiencing and inquires about your sexual health. The appointment is an ideal time to discuss any problems or concerns you have and discuss getting on birth control.
An STD test isn’t a standard part of your visit since it requires different diagnostic testing, but Dr. Jamaluddin is glad to test you while you’re in the office. A lab test can indicate if you have STDs such as:
Dr. Jamaluddin can test for AIDS, hepatitis, herpes, or syphilis through a blood test.
Typically, you don’t receive any treatments if you’re in the office for a well-woman exam, unless it’s vital. Many treatments require a separate appointment.
Schedule a well-woman exam to detect cancer or infection early by calling Dr. Jamaluddin’s office or using the convenient online booking form.