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Somerset Constructive & Reconstructive Surgery

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons & OBGYNs located in Warren, NJ

Expert gynecological care is an essential part of a woman’s preventive health and maintenance. At Somerset Women’s Care in Warren, New Jersey, board-certified OB/GYN Shilpa Clott, MD, offers comprehensive gynecological care to women of all ages. Visit her office for annual women’s wellness exams, menopause support, pre- and post-pregnancy care, and resolution of abnormal uterine bleeding. Call the office or schedule online to protect the health of your reproductive and pelvic organs.

Gynecology Q & A

What issues does a gynecologist address?

A gynecologist deals with issues that have to do with the health of a woman’s reproductive organs. These include the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, as well as the bladder. Issues commonly addressed include:

  • Menstruation and fertility issues
  • Hormone disorders
  • Fibroids and cysts
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Contraception
  • Menopause

Dr. Clott provides both preventive care for and management of gynecological issues.

What is involved in preventive gynecological care?

You should schedule an annual well-woman visit with Dr. Clott to ensure you’re as healthy as possible This visit begins as early as 13 and continues past menopause. After menopause, you’re at increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis, so regular care is a must.

At your annual exam, the doctor performs a thorough pelvic exam (once you’re older than 21) and may also perform a Pap smear to test for cellular irregularities that may suggest cervical cancer. 

If you’re sexually active, ask Dr. Clott to screen you for sexually transmitted diseases. An annual exam is also a time to address any concerns you may have about your sexuality, painful intercourse, menstrual irregularities, or incontinence.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a screening to evaluate whether you have cells that may lead to cervical cancer. During this test, Dr. Clott takes a swab of your cervix to collect cells and then sends them off to a lab for analysis. You may feel pressure during the swab, but no pain.

If your test comes back abnormal, it is not a diagnosis of cancer. It simply means you need further investigation of suspicious cells to ensure they don’t proliferate or develop into cancer.

Pap smears start at age 21 and are generally recommended every three years. Some women may go longer between Pap smears if they have consistently negative results.

To take advantage of the expert gynecological care offered at Somerset Women’s Care, call the office or schedule your exam online.