Wellness
in Miami, Florida

Not only do women suffer with gender-specific health issues, including pregnancy, menopause, and conditions related to female sexual organs, they often neglect themselves while caring for others. Don’t put off your well-woman exam any longer: Call or make an appointment online today with one of the doctors at My OB/GYN Specialists in Miami.

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Women’s Health Q & A

Well-women exams are also referred to as annual and gynecological exams. When you visit My OB/GYN Specialists for your well-woman visit, Drs. Alejandra Angel and Arin Saldana screen for health problems that are special to women and help to identify serious health concerns before they become life-threatening.

You should visit My OB/GYN Specialists for your first women’s health exam between the ages of 13 and 15 to get to know your doctor and discuss your period, especially if it’s heavy, painful, or irregular.

Regardless of your age, if you’re sexually active, your annual exam is an excellent time to talk about birth control or STD testing.

Around age 21, your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists will introduce well-woman exams, including:

Pelvic exam
Your doctor looks at your vulva and the opening of your vagina for signs of cysts and other issues. The next step is to use a speculum to separate the walls of your vagina and use her gloved and lubricated fingers to check the size, shape, and position of your uterus, as well as to check your ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Pap test
Also referred to as a Pap smear, this exam tests cell changes caused by HPV. During your pelvic exam, your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists collects a small sample of cells from your cervix and sends them out for testing.

Breast exam
Clinical breast examinations help your doctor detect lumps in your breasts and are an essential early breast cancer screenings. Your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists looks and feels your breasts, including both nipples, and your armpits.

Mammogram
A mammogram is a kind of X-ray that helps detect breast cancer early by finding lumps too tiny to be felt during a clinical breast exam.

Well-woman exams reduce your risk of health problems going undetected causing your body more damage than if caught early. Additionally, annual physical exams strengthen the relationship between you and your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists. Your annual exam also helps your doctor remain informed about your health and your personal life.

Women’s health is important. If you need an annual exam, call or make an appointment online today with one of the doctors at My OB/GYN Specialists in Miami.

Pap Smear Q & A

Regular Pap smear testing is a critical part of screening for cervical cancer. At My OB/GYN Specialists,Dr. Alejandra Angel, Dr. Arin Saldana and Dr. Finazzo offer comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages in the greater Miami area. If you’re due for your well woman exam and Pap smear screening, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.

A Pap smear, or Pap test, is the most frequently used diagnostic tool to detect cervical cancer. Pap smear testing is part of your routine well-woman examinations, and is a critical part of your overall health.

Most women begin Pap smear testing at the age of 21. After you’ve passed the age of 30 and have three Pap smears in a row with normal results, you may only need a Pap smear once every five years. After the age of 65, your doctor may feel comfortable ceasing Pap smear testing.

Cervical cancer is a serious health issue that affects many women. Most types of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted disease. Your gynecologist may recommend routine HPV screenings in conjunction with Pap testing.

Your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists performs a Pap smear as part of your pelvic exam, as you’re lying in a reclined position on the exam table with your feet resting in stirrups. A speculum is used to gently expand the walls of your vagina, providing access to your cervix.

Your doctor uses a special spatula or brush to remove a small sample of cervical cells. You may feel a slight cramping sensation, but you shouldn’t experience any significant pain. The collected cells are then sent to a lab, where they’re examined for abnormalities.

After your Pap smear, you may experience mild discomfort or cramping for a few hours. A very small amount of spotting, or vaginal bleeding, is also normal.

If your test comes back with abnormal results, you may need to come in for more frequent testing. Depending on the type and severity of the cellular abnormalities, additional screening options like a colposcopy or biopsy may be necessary.

If the results of a Pap test are abnormal, the doctor may order a second Pap test to confirm the results of the initial test, or a second type of exam called a colposcopy may be performed. During a colposcopy, a specially lighted magnifier is used to assess the tissue around the cervix, looking for abnormal areas that may need to be sampled (biopsied) for further evaluation.

Yes. The human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to cervical cancer, and testing for for HPV is often conducted at the same time. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most sexually active men and women will come in contact with HPV, although there are a number of types of HPV, and only some can cause cervical cancer.
LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure, and makes use of a low-voltage electrical current directed through a thin wire. The heated wire allows your doctor to shave away abnormal cervical cells without harming nearby healthy tissue.

The team at My OB/GYN Specialists offers LEEP as an in-office procedure. That allows you to take care of your diagnostic and treatment needs in one place, with the specialist you know and trust.

To learn more about Pap smear testing or schedule your next well woman exam, contact My OB/GYN Specialists today.

Patient Feedback

“Dr. Saldana has an excellent personable demeanor which made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I have been searching for a female gynecologist of her caliber and thank goodness I finally met her today.”

Linda S.

“I truly enjoyed my experience with Dr. Angel. She’s a good listener and took the time to ask me questions about how I was feeling. The office staff is attentive and the place is immaculate. I highly recommend Dr. Angel!”

Sara G.

“First time visiting this office and it was very good. Everyone was very kind and helpful. The place was very clean and nice. Doctor Alejandra Ángel took the time to listen to everything I had to say. She answered all my questions and was very professional. The overall experience was excellent. I definitely made the right choice by coming to this new office/doctor.”

Claudia S.

“This review is for Dr. Alejandra Angel. She is an amazing doctor. She took good care of me during my pregnancy, was very patient, I never felt rushed during my appointments, she always listened and explained very well any questions that I had. She made my first delivery experience a nice one. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who would like to have a nice and smooth experience. If you are looking for a doctor who genuinely cares about you and your baby, you should look no further. She is the one to go. I really like her and her attitude. She is a great doctor.”

Yanelis G.

“I had a really great first experience with Dr. Saldana! She is very personal and helps you feel comfortable in what can be an awkward situation. The atmosphere is so inviting and almost feels like you are at the spa. Would highly recommend for those reasons alone”

Elizabeth C.

“Incredible bedside manners! Dr. Saldana was extremely helpful and understanding with all of my concerns. Not only did she concern herself with what I was at her office for, but also recommended other very helpful guides for my other issues. Rest assured I’m in good professional hands with a wonderful human being. The office personnel was also very delightful.”

Ris F.

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