The Georgia Center for Menopausal Medicine
Pamela G. Gaudry, M.D.
Gynecologist & Certified Menopause Practitioner located in Savannah, GA
For many women, the gynecologist serves as their primary care physician for all health needs. Women’s health expert and advocate Dr. Pamela Gaudry, MD, NCMP, FACOG, in Savannah, Georgia, offers a full-service gynecological practice at the Georgia Center for Menopausal Medicine that provides comprehensive, empathetic, and compassionate care. In addition to standard gynecological services, Dr. Pam also offers bone density management and in-office pelvic ultrasound. Call today or book an appointment online.
Gynecology Q & A
What can I expect during gynecological care?
Dr. Pam provides comprehensive and thorough gynecological examinations. The examination includes both a physical exam to check your vitals, including height, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate, along with a pelvic exam.
During the pelvic exam, Dr. Pam first examines your outer genitalia and then uses a speculum, which is a tool that improves viewing of your internal genitalia, to examine your vagina and cervix.
While examining your internal organs, Dr. Pam may take a Pap smear, which tests your cervical cells for abnormalities.
After the examination, Dr. Pam spends time talking to you about your health and medical concerns. She may also recommend additional testing as needed, such as a bone density test or a pelvic ultrasound.
How often do I need a Pap smear?
Dr. Pam recommends you begin Pap smears at age 21, and get tested every three years. In your 30s, Dr. Pam may include the human papillomavirus (HPV) test in addition to your Pap smear.
HPV is a virus that can be transmitted sexually and increases your risk of developing cervical cancer. If both your Pap smear and HPV test come back normal, you only need to have these tests every five years. If the results are abnormal, Dr. Pam develops an individualized treatment plan based on the results of your test, which may include additional tests and procedures.
You no longer need a Pap smear or an HPV test after age 65 if you’ve had three negative tests in the previous 10 years.
Do I need to see the gynecologist after menopause?
As a gynecologist and menopause specialist, Dr. Pam recommends you continue to come in to see her as scheduled after menopause. She not only helps manage the symptoms menopause causes, but can also restore health.
She also needs to continue to perform annual gynecological exams to monitor your health, which includes the pelvic exam and Pap smears, as needed.
Why is bone density important?
After menopause, your risk of developing osteoporosis, or weak bones, increases due to the loss of estrogen, which assists in the production of bone cells that help keep your bones healthy and strong.
Dr. Pam provides bone density management at her practice. This may include:
- Diet recommendations
- Regular bone testing
As an advocate for women’s health, Dr. Pam provides comprehensive gynecological care. Call today or make an appointment using the online booking agent.
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