Women's Health

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If you’re like many women, setting aside time for yourself sits at the bottom of a long to-do list. Women in Valley Village, California, have a wonderful resource in Kristine Vardanyan, MD, of Valley Village Health Clinic, an outstanding women’s health provider with a warm and personable nature. When you’re ready to schedule your next visit with her and her team, you can choose to book online, or you can always call to check appointment availability.

Women's Health Q&A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the health issues that women face. While much of women’s health centers on reproductive health, there are other conditions that might also be covered. 

Heart disease, certain cancers, osteoarthritis, and depression are all serious health matters that women experience at high rates. These conditions are largely preventable or can respond well to treatment efforts. Women should work with a skilled practitioner to reduce their risk of these and other health problems.

As you move through the phases of life, your women’s health needs can shift and change. Regardless of whether you choose to become a mother, you should take care of all your women’s health needs as a central part of overall health and wellness. 

What happens during women’s health visits?

Routine preventive women’s health visits are called well-woman exams. These visits are the setting where you receive the screenings appropriate for your age and overall health. Pelvic exams are usually part of the process and allow your practitioner to visually inspect your vaginal and cervical tissues for signs of disease. 

Pap smear testing is a powerful cervical cancer screening tool that can detect signs of cancer in the earliest possible stages. You may not need an annual Pap smear screening if your most recent screening did not result in abnormal results.

Your well-woman exams are also an opportunity for you to discuss any questions you have. Be as open and frank as possible with your physician to get the most out of these interactions. 

What are some women’s health issues I might discuss with my provider?

It’s important that you feel comfortable talking with your provider. No topics are off limits, and you should never feel embarrassed or awkward about broaching any subject. 

Some of the topics you might discuss with your women’s health provider include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted disease prevention, screening and treatment
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Sexual health
  • Vaginal dryness

These are just a few of the subjects women commonly discuss with their providers. If you’re ready to book your next well woman exam, call the Valley Village Health Clinic office to book a visit today or take some time to explore the online booking option.