Gynecology Specialist

SoCal Ob/Gyn

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Sun Valley, CA

Are you looking for a gynecologist who will welcome you, listen to your concerns, and provide you with individualized care? If so, reach out to Joon Choi, MD, FACOG, at SoCal OB/GYN, with locations in Glendale and Panorama City, California. Dr. Choi offers a wide variety of gynecological services, from Pap smears and annual visits to treatment for abnormal conditions. Schedule an appointment at SoCal OB/GYN today online or over the phone.

Gynecology Q & A

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is a medical field that focuses on women’s health, particularly the health of the reproductive organs. Dr. Choi at SoCal OB/GYN offers a variety of important gynecology-related services, including:

  • Annual well-woman exams
  • Pap smears
  • Screenings (ex. HPV, herpes, chlamydia)
  • Treatments for gynecological problems (ex. abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain)

Dr. Choi also offers pregnancy and prenatal services.

What happens during an annual exam?

During an annual well-woman exam, Dr. Choi checks to make sure that your reproductive system is healthy. To determine this, he starts by asking questions about:

  • Your health history
  • Your lifestyle
  • Any health concerns you have

He then performs a physical exam and administers any necessary immunizations. Next, Dr. Choi may conduct a number of tests, including:

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening
  • Pelvic exam
  • Breast exam
  • Blood or urine sample
  • Pap smear

After your exam, if Dr. Choi has any concerns, diagnoses, treatments, or advice to offer, he’ll spend some time discussing those things with you.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a test that Dr. Choi conducts in order to test you for cervical cancer. He often conducts human papillomavirus (HPV) testing at the same time as a Pap smear, because sexually transmitted HPV can cause cervical cancer.

During a Pap smear, Dr. Choi swabs cells from your cervix - the low, narrow end of your uterus located at the top of your vagina.

You should begin getting Pap smears at the age of 21. You may consider stopping them after the age of 65, after a hysterectomy, or after menopause. Note: Before stopping Pap smear appointments, talk to Dr. Choi to make sure it’s the right choice.

How often do I need a Pap smear?

Today, gynecology experts recommend that you get a Pap smear once every three years unless you’re told otherwise by your doctor.

Some people need to have them more often due to risk factors, like:

  • HIV infection
  • Previous results for HPV, precancerous cells, or cervical cancer
  • In-utero exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES)
  • Weakened immune system

If it’s time for your annual well-woman exam, or you have a gynecological issue, Dr. Choi and his compassionate, experienced team at SoCal OB/GYN are here to help. Your health matters, so schedule your gynecology visit online or over the phone today.

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