Gynecology at the Miami Center of Excellence
Here at the Miami Center of Excellence, we treat women and their partners from adolescence through the golden years for routine preventative care, as well as for all manner of problem visits. We have state of the art equipment and training to attend to your health needs, with a focus on fertility and safe pregnancies, and on sexual and hormonal wellness for women and men. We offer onsite blood draws, hormone testing, and the latest in laser therapies. We are South Florida’s number one choice as experts in bio-identical hormones and pellet therapy. Our ultrasound technicians are certified nationally and provide in-office prenatal, gynecological, breast, and thyroid ultrasounds.
When Should You Start Seeing A Gynecologist And Why?
We see teenagers for many reasons such as menstrual pain, menstrual irregularities, birth control and STD exams. It is not necessary to have a pap smear until you are 21 years old, but if the teenager is sexually active we recommend routine STD exams, birth control counseling, and HPV vaccination.
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Please note: Emergencies related to pregnancy and gynecology should call our emergency line, proceed to the nearest emergency room, or call 911.
Visiting Your Gynecologist Regularly Can Improve Your Life!
We not only perform a pap smear at your annual exam, we provide comprehensive health screening each year you see us. We will refer you to highly trained physicians in the community for primary care issues as well as give you treatment options for the women’s health related issues you may be experiencing. We can draw your routine blood work in the office to screen you for many diseases such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, kidney disease and much more. We provide the flu vaccine during season, Tetanus Booster every 10 years, Hepatitis A&B, and HPV vaccines.
I have had a total hysterectomy, should I still see the gynecologist?
My primary care says I do not need a pap smear any longer. YES! You still need to see us on an annual basis. It is true that many women over 65 may not need a pap smear once they have had 3 consecutive normal paps and a negative HPV test. However, you still need a breast and pelvic examination. Even though you may not have your ovaries, you have a slight risk of ovarian cancer, you are still at risk for vaginal and vulvar cancer. So if no one is looking, these diseases may progress with minimal symptoms. We are highly trained to screen you for breast, ovarian, vulvar, and vaginal diseases and cancer. There are many common menopausal discomforts that you may need options for treatments as well such as: vaginal dryness, pain with sex (is not normal after 50!), hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, and urinary incontinence.
Things To Remember While Visiting A Gynecologist
It is a common thing for people to want to get the check up with their gynecologist over with as soon as possible. It is important to know what gynecology deals with and it will help to think that the gynecologists deal with hundreds of people like you every week. Gynecology deals with diverse problems and any symptom even remotely related can and should be discussed. A few points that you need to keep in mind when visiting the doctor are discusses below.
- Please be open and honest during your visits, we are here to help you, not judge. If you don’t tell us, we can’t help.
- Discuss sexual dysfunction and urinary complaints with us. Many people are embarrassed about bringing up these issues. We have many treatment options available for you, so let us know so we can give you the options you deserve.
- Give us your complete medical history, including surgeries. We not only want to know recent events, but also your previous history that may not be an issue any longer such as asthma as a child or an eating disorder that you had as a teenager but not now. Something you may think not important can impact our decision making at your appointment now.
- Don’t wait till the end of the appointment to tell us what is really wrong, please let us know at the beginning of the visit so we can perform the correct exam and tests.