Women's Health

Primary Care Health Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Pico Union and West Adams, Los Angeles, CA

Women have unique health care needs, which is why regular women’s health exams are an important part of staying healthy. At Primary Care Health Clinic in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, primary care physician assistant Ndika Fomukong, FNP, PA-C, offers comprehensive women’s health exams to detect disease symptoms early before they become serious. Call Primary Care Health Clinic to schedule a women’s health exam or use the online scheduling tool today.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health involves the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of conditions unique to or common among women. Examples include:

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Menopause and premenstrual syndrome
  • Gynecological conditions
  • Breast and cervical cancers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sexually transmitted diseases or infertility
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Urinary tract infections

Many of these health concerns are highly treatable when caught early, which is why routine screening and women’s wellness exams are crucial for optimal health.

What should I expect during a women’s health exam?

When you arrive for a women’s health exam at Primary Care Health Clinic, your provider checks your weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vitals. The team reviews your medical history and health concerns and completes a physical exam.

Your exam might include a pelvic exam and Pap smear. During a pelvic exam, your provider evaluates your internal female organs to make sure they appear normal.

A speculum is inserted into the vagina to take a sample of cervical cells. Your provider sends the cells to a lab for analysis to screen you for cervical cancer or human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease.

Your provider may also check your breasts for signs of breast cancer or recommend a mammogram. If you’re interested in birth control to prevent pregnancy, the team reviews your options to find a solution that best matches your needs.

Which treatment might I require?

Based on the results of your women's health exam, the Primary Care Health Clinic team may recommend more treatment. If you have a gynecological or other health condition, you might require:

  • Further gynecological testing, such as a biopsy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Medications for a gynecological condition or chronic disease
  • Hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms
  • Infertility treatments
  • Referral to a specialist

Your provider may suggest making lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease. 

How often should I schedule a women’s wellness exam?

Your provider lets you know how often to schedule a women’s health checkup and Pap smear based on your personalized health care needs. Scheduling a wellness exam every year is a good rule of thumb. To book your next appointment, call Primary Care Health Clinic today or use the online scheduler.