The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF
Edward J. Ramirez, MD, FACOG
Infertility & Fertility Preservation Specialist & General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery located in Monterey, CA
Every woman, no matter her age, benefits from regular gynecology care, and annual well-woman exams. At The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF in Monterey, California, Edward Ramirez, MD, FACOG, and his expert team provide help with painful periods, birth control, conception, or menopause symptoms. Whether you’re due for an annual exam or Pap smear, need a test for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or have questions about your reproductive health, contact The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF by phone or book an appointment online today.
Gynecology Q & A
What is gynecology?
Gynecology is the study and treatment of women’s reproductive organs. A gynecologist examines your reproductive organs and answers any questions about your sexual health. Gynecology services and procedures include:
- Annual well-woman exams
- Pregnancy tests
- Tests for sexually transmitted diseases
- Fertility counseling
- Birth control
Dr. Ramirez and his team also offer diagnosis and treatments for:
- Painful or absent periods
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Urogenital infections
- Menopause symptoms
- Precancerous conditions
Dr. Ramirez is skilled in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that can restore fertility and alleviate symptoms.
How often should I see a gynecologist?
Every woman should see a gynecologist each year for a well-woman exam, starting with her first period. Even after menopause, you should continue getting annual gynecological exams to be sure your urogenital organs are healthy.
You should contact a gynecologist between your annual well-woman exams if you have painful or unusual symptoms, such as:
- Foul-smelling or abnormal vaginal discharge
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Bleeding or spotting between periods
- Cramping or pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
Whenever you want to start or switch birth control, or if you’re ready to become pregnant, contact your OB/GYN.
What is a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam at The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF is a chance for your doctor to ensure that your reproductive organs are healthy and to catch any potential problems in their early stages. Most conditions, including cancer, are treatable and even curable when caught early. Components of a well-woman exam include:
- Pelvic exam
- Breast exam
- Pap smear
- Blood tests
- STD tests
- Cancer screenings
Your annual well-woman exam also gives you a chance to establish a trusting relationship with your OB/GYN, so you feel comfortable reaching out whenever you have questions about your health.
How can I get relief from menopause symptoms?
If you’re troubled by symptoms related to the changes in your hormone levels during perimenopause and menopause, your OB/GYN may recommend safe, effective hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Using HRT can eliminate symptoms such as:
- Bone loss
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Low libido
- Painful sex
- Dry vagina
- Sagging skin
- Hair loss
Get the gynecologic care you need to stay healthy and vibrant for life. Contact the knowledgeable team at The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF by phone or book an appointment online today.