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Women's Health Specialist

Ithaca Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Behavioral Health located in Ithaca, NY

If you’re a woman, your body has a unique set of health care needs. Dr. Radomir D. Stevanovic has been offering comprehensive women’s health services in Ithaca, New York, and the surrounding communities for over 25 years. To schedule a women’s health appointment with an experienced internal medicine physician, call Ithaca Primary Care or book online today.

Women's Health Q&A

What is a women’s health exam?

Women’s health exams at Ithaca Primary Care specifically address the unique needs associated with a woman’s reproductive and general health. Not only do regular women’s health exams help you develop a strong doctor-patient relationship with Dr. Stevanovic, they help to identify potential health problems early and prevent others from developing in the future.

Your women’s health exam might include:

  • Blood tests
  • Immunizations like the flu shot
  • Discussing changes in your overall health
  • Educational information about health issues relevant to your age

During your women’s health exam, Dr. Stevanovic also addresses your reproductive health needs, including birth control and pelvic exams that include tests for cervical cancer and STDs.

What types of birth control are available?

Dr. Stevanovic works closely with you to recommend the most effective contraceptive for your unique situation. Options include:

  • Vaginal ring
  • Birth control pills
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Implants, patches, or shots

Dr. Stevanovic also offers permanent solutions like sterilization.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear, or Pap test, is a standard screening for cervical cancer. A Pap smear is performed during a pelvic exam. Routine Pap smears usually begin at age 21.

During your pelvic exam, Dr. Stevanovic uses a speculum to hold your vagina open so he can gently scrape cells from your cervix, the lower portion of your uterus. This isn’t a painful procedure, but you might experience mild discomfort.  

Why is STD testing important?

When you’re sexually active, STD testing is an important part of your women’s health exam, because many sexually transmitted diseases don’t have symptoms.

If STD symptoms are present, they might include:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain or burning during urination or intercourse
  • Sores or bumps around your genitals or buttocks
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and chills
  • Swelling, pain, or irritation of the vagina, vulva, or anus

During your pelvic exam, Dr. Stevanovic checks your genitals for issues like sores, rashes, warts, irritation, or discharge. He might swab the area for a tissue sample to send for additional testing, or he may recommend blood testing.

To schedule your women’s health exam, call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.