Women's Health Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

As a woman, particular conditions affect your female health. Staying on top of these health issues through regular women's health screenings, Pap tests, and breast exams can reduce your risk for developing reproductive complications. At Premium Healthcare in Downers Grove and Crest Hill, Illinois, Dr. Jose Rivera Guerrero and Dr. Cristina Perez offer comprehensive women's health exams to detect any issues early on. You also benefit from available HPV screenings that detect an increased risk for cancer. Schedule a women's health exam online or by phone to learn more about available women's health services.

Women's Health Q & A

Why do I need a Pap smear?

A Pap smear collects samples of cervical cells to check for abnormalities that can indicate cervical cancer.

This is a preventive test Dr. Guerrero and Dr. Perez use to prevent cervical cancer and they perform the test during a pelvic exam. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a long cotton swab to collect the cells. They place cell samples on a slide for examination in a medical laboratory.

The procedure doesn’t require anesthesia and only takes a few minutes. Results can take several days to come back. If the test indicates abnormal cells, your doctor creates a treatment plan and may order additional tests to confirm a positive test result or a cancer diagnosis.

When do I need a breast exam?

You should receive a breast exam during your annual pelvic exam as part of your routine health care at every age. During a routine breast exam, your doctor manually examines each breast, checking for lumps and other abnormalities.

A breast exam differs from a mammogram, an imaging test that women over 40 and those at increased risk for breast cancer should have annually. If your doctor feels you need to have a mammogram, you receive a referral to a radiologist.

What are HPV screenings?

The HPV virus is a common condition that spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact (not bodily fluids) during sexual activity, including vaginal intercourse, and oral and anal sex. If you have the virus, you can easily spread it to your sexual partners.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 viruses. Routine HPV screenings help identify the presence of the virus, which can cause non-cancerous warts or cancers in the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, and even the mouth or throat.

What treatments are available for HPV?

There are no treatments for HPV itself. A variety of treatments are available to treat symptoms of the virus, including genital warts and precancerous cells.

With HPV, prevention is the key to stopping the spread of the virus. HPV vaccines are available to prevent infection from cancer-causing HPV strains that are most effective in protecting older children and teenagers.

Practicing safe sex with all partners, including using condoms, can also protect you from developing an HPV infection.

For a confidential testing appointment, contact Premium Healthcare by phone or through the online booking feature.