Women have unique health issues that require specialized care. Thang Hoang, MD, and the VitalCare Medical team in Pearland, Texas, provide preventive care services, diagnosis, and treatment to women at all stages of life. The goal of these health services is to optimize the patient’s health, screen for any problems, and provide prompt treatment for any issues that develop. To make an appointment with Dr. Hoang at VitalCare Medical for women’s health services, call the practice or book an appointment online.
Some of the most common health issues facing women include:
Women also face general health issues, such as heart disease, obesity, and high cholesterol. All of these issues require prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent serious complications.
During preventive care appointments, Dr. Hoang evaluates your current health, screens for common health problems, and offers other services designed to keep you in the best shape possible.
At the beginning of the appointment, a staff member will measure your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and weight.
Next, Dr. Hoang performs a physical exam. Depending on your needs, this may include a pelvic exam, Pap smear, or breast exam.
If you’re on medications, he may also offer you refills or recommend other changes to your regimen.
If Dr. Hoang notices any signs of a problem during your appointment, or if you mention symptoms causing you concern, he may order additional testing or treatment.
In general, you should schedule a well-woman exam with Dr. Hoang once a year. You should also make an appointment at VitalCare Medical any time you have symptoms that concern you or if you have a question about changes in your health.
Annual screenings are the best way for Dr. Hoang to monitor your health and identify changes that may indicate medical issues that need treatment. If you have existing health issues, Dr. Hoang may suggest more frequent visits.
During your well-woman exam, Dr. Hoang performs a comprehensive physical that may include a breast exam and a Pap smear. Depending on your age and medical history, he may also refer you for a mammogram to check for early signs of breast cancer or for a bone density test to identify degenerative bone conditions, such as osteoporosis, common in older women approaching menopause.
A Pap smear is a screening test designed to look for signs of cervical cancer or precancerous changes on the cervix. You should have your first Pap smear when you reach 21 years of age or become sexually active, and continue having this type of screening at least every three years until you reach age 30. After that, Pap smears may only be necessary once every five years, if you’re in otherwise good health.
You may need to have more frequent Pap smears if you’re at a high risk for cervical cancer or if you’ve had an abnormal result in the past. You may also wish to have an additional screening at the same for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which could lead to cervical cancer.
Dr. Hoang can recommend the frequency of your Pap smears based on your medical history, lifestyle choices, and existing health conditions.
Schedule a women’s health exam today using the online booking feature or call VitalCare Medical to speak with a team member.