Womens Health

Womens Health Specialist
Annual checkups are an important aspect of sustaining optimal overall and reproductive health, especially for women. At her practice, Dr. Elledge offers well-women exams and gynecological visits to patients throughout the South Bay, Torrance, Carson, and Greater Los Angeles area from her location in Torrance, CA.

Women's Health Q&A

by Kay Elledge, MD, FACOG

What happens during a women’s annual exam?

The physician offers patients well-woman or women’s exams each year to ensure that their bodies and especially reproductive systems are functioning properly in addition to monitoring their general well-being. These exams assist the physician to treat any conditions or concerns as soon as they are observed. During the exam, women will undergo:

  • A physical evaluation
  • A pap smear and/or pelvic exam
  • A breast exam
  • Medical and family history will be updated as well as life and work regimens
  • Previous concerns and treatments will be discussed
  • Supplements and medications taken will be updated
  • Immunizations needed will be administered
  • An appraisal of necessary health screenings including a mammogram

What should I do to get ready for the annual exam?

For most patients, the first thing the physician will do is inquire about medical history and any genetic conditions. Women should be ready to answer these questions completely and honestly. Having a list of medications currently taken with you can assist the doctor greatly as well as being aware of any illnesses which have been experienced by family members. Patients will also have a chance to discuss any present issues and should be sure to mention any fluctuations to their health or their bodies to the physician. The physician is there to assist patients, and though some topics may seem strange to talk about, it is extremely important to mention any occurrences or symptoms to the doctor. Some items can be a sign of a more serious condition. Patients should also make a list of questions they wish to ask, such as information on:

  • Eating better
  • Birth control choices
  • Safety and relationship issues
  • Becoming pregnant
  • Increasing physical activity
  • STI/STD testing
  • Anxiety, depression, and mental health issues

What happens if an issue is discovered?

To address any and all medical illnesses or conditions found during an assessment, the physician will work with patients to create a treatment plan. If needed, the treatments can begin the same day. Many issues can only be found during a well-woman exam, making them very important.

 

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Kay Elledge, MD, FACOG
3655 Lomita Boulevard
Suite 111
Torrance, CA 90505