Women's Executive Healthcare, P.C.
Drina A. Northam, MD
Medical Aesthetics Provider & Obstetrician/Gynecologist located in City Center, Newport News, VA
Routine gynecology exams are crucial for maintaining your reproductive health. These visits allow your gynecologist to identify issues early and ensure your overall health and well-being. At Women’s Executive Healthcare, OBGYN in Newport News, Virginia, Dr. Northam offers a full range of gynecological services, including pelvic exams, Pap smears, and breast exams as part of your preventive healthcare. She also provides compassionate diagnoses and treatments for conditions affecting the female reproductive system. Schedule an appointment for a routine examination with Dr. Northam by phone.
Gynecology Q & A
What is gynecology?
Dr. Northam is a licensed gynecologist specializing in women’s reproductive health. Besides providing routine wellness exams, she handles a variety of issues affecting your health, including:
- Birth control
- Sex hormone imbalances
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Abnormalities of the reproductive system
When should I see a gynecologist?
Dr. Northam treats a wide range of ages, from adolescent to postmenopausal. Early visits for teenage girls allow Dr. Northam the opportunity to establish a comfortable relationship and answer intimate questions about menstruation, sex, and sexual health.
More frequent visits may be necessary if Dr. Northam is treating you for ongoing medical issues. If Dr. Northam prescribes birth control or other medications, you may need to see her more often to monitor your health and ensure your medications are working properly
What should I expect during a routine visit?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Northam makes sure you are comfortable and that you feel free to discuss any questions you have. She reviews your:
- Medical history
- Family history of disease
- Methods of birth control, if applicable
- Menstrual cycle
- Sexual health
- Concerns about your reproductive health
Dr. Northam conducts a pelvic exam and a Pap smear to screen for abnormalities, including human papillomavirus (HPV). Both the Pap smear and pelvic exam take only a few minutes, and while you may feel some pressure or discomfort, neither test is painful.
Additionally, Dr. Northam gives you a routine breast examination, checking for lumps and other abnormalities. She may refer you for a mammogram if you’re over the age of 40.
What if my test results are abnormal?
Dr. Northam knows that waiting for test results can be anxiety-provoking. Once she receives your Pap smear test results, she calls you immediately to alert you of any abnormal findings and to discuss your options.
Possible reasons for abnormal results may include changes in your cervical cells, yeast infections, or other infections. If your test shows abnormal results, Dr. Northam schedules a follow-up visit to discuss the results and talk about next steps.
To schedule a yearly gynecology exam with Dr. Northam, schedule an appointment by phone.