Wake Family Medicine
Primary Care Physicians & Family Medicine Physicians located in Cary, NC
Women need to schedule regular women’s health visits to keep their reproductive organs in good health. For the best, most comprehensive care, turn to Mrinalini Kodumagulla, MD, of Wake Family Medicine in Cary, North Carolina. Dr. Kodumagulla offers women’s health care that addresses your concerns no matter your stage in life. Take care of your health today by calling the practice or scheduling an appointment online.
Women's Health Q&A
What is women’s health care?
Women’s health care means addressing issues unique to women and the care for their organs at every stage of life.
Some of those issues include:
- The condition of female organs
A women’s health care visit is also an opportunity for you to discuss with Dr. Kodumagulla any questions or concerns you have about your health, particularly reproductive health. The more honest and candid you are with her, the better she can advise and assist you.
What types of women’s health care are available to me?
Wake Family Medicine offers a wide range of services tailored for women, including:
- Well-woman exams
- Birth control
- Hormone replacement therapy after menopause
- Natural menopause symptom remedies
The practice also offers services such as yeast infection treatment, bladder infection treatment, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, skin care for acne and sun-damaged skin, and screenings and treatment for depression and anxiety.
What is a well-woman visit?
At a well-woman appointment, Dr. Kodumagulla checks up on your reproductive health and health in general. Women typically begin scheduling well-woman visits between the ages of 13 and 15.
Everyone with a vagina, vulva, uterus, and/or breasts should schedule well-woman exams, regardless of gender identity.
What happens during a well-woman visit?
During a well-woman visit, Dr. Kodumagulla begins by discussing things like your:
- Sexual history
- Medical history
- Birth control status
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) history
Dr. Kodumagulla then performs examinations including:
Pap smears and pelvic exams
All currently or previously sexually active women, as well as women who are at least 18 years old, should receive an annual Pap smear and pelvic exam.
If you’re between the ages of 25 and 39, you need a clinical breast examination every 1-3 years. During a breast exam, Dr. Kodumagulla checks your breasts for lumps or any changes that require further investigation.
From the age of 40 on, you should schedule a breast examination every year. In addition, after you turn 40, you need to schedule regular mammograms, which are X-rays that can detect tiny cancerous lumps in your breasts.
Between the ages of 40 and 49, schedule a mammogram appointment once every few years, and after the age of 50, have one every year.
Well-woman visits also include health counseling and preventive care. If you’re between the ages of 20 and 39, Wake Family Medicine recommends that you receive such care every three years. Starting at 40, the practice recommends you schedule this type of care every year.
No matter your age, race, income, medical history, or gender identity, your best chance at a long, healthy life is by pursuing good health. Schedule a women’s health visit with Wake Family Medicine online or over the phone today.