Health Profile: Riverside OB/GYN

“Women health issues are complex … It is extremely important … to establish care and follow up frequently with a medical provider.” – Tammy Vo-Mota, P.A.

Women’s health is important, and so is proactivity when it comes to women’s health. “Women need to understand their bodies,” says Tammy Vo-Mota, who works as a physician’s assistant at Riverside OB/GYN in Trenton. “Women health issues are complex, which is why there is a whole specialty dedicated to women’s health. It is extremely important for women to establish care and follow up frequently with a medical provider, either a primary care physician or OB/GYN provider.” In addition to remaining proactive, women should address any concerns they have during their follow-up or routine office visits. “Women should absolutely make the most of their visits,” Vo-Mota continues. “In other words, they should ask questions! By speaking up and staying informed, routine visits can help prevent illnesses and problems that may require treatment.”

Riverside OBGYN provides vital women’s health services to the Downriver community. The practice is no stranger to the most common preventable issues that face the majority of women today: unplanned pregnancies and STDs. Women can prevent these situations if they become educated on the various birth control options are available to them, the importance of using protection if choosing to be sexually active, and the effects of several vaccines available. “Women that are sexually active should be educated on STD screenings and birth control options early on. It is through education, early detection or screenings, and by following preventative tips that women can continue to be proactive about their health,” Vo-Mota explains.

According to Vo-Mota, many women, especially younger women, do not openly discuss healthy issues with their medical providers, peers, or family. For example, such common diseases as HPV (human papillomavirus) have only been a topic of discussion for the last few years. Yet HPV is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted infection: nearly 80% of women will contract the virus during their lifetime. Though a woman’s body will eventually fight off this particular virus in time, HPV still has the potential to cause abnormal cell growth and cervical cancer. Asking questions during a visit and taking advantage of early STD screening can make a world of difference.

Additionally, Vo-Mota believes there are a few preventative measures that every woman should be keeping in mind when it comes to their health. “It cannot be stressed enough how important routine appointments are,” she affirms. “Therefore, my top preventative tip is to make a yearly OB/GYN appointment.”

The D ProfileWhat other preventative tips should women know?

Tammy Vo-Mota1. Females that are sexually active should be educated on STD screenings and birth control options. 2. Cervical cancer screenings start at age 21. 3. Vaccination for HPV prevention is available. 4. Abstinence is the only method to prevent STD. 5. Condoms are not 100% effective against STD’s.

D ProfileWhen should women start getting mammograms? How often should women go for screenings?

Vo-Mota  A mammogram is a tool used to screen for breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in American women. Typically, screenings start at age 40 for average-risk women and are recommended yearly.

D ProfileWhere and when should women get the necessary preventative care?

Vo-Mota  Everyone should have established care with a general practitioner. When to see a specialist for women’s health varies. I would recommend seeing a gynecologist at any point if you are having issues related to menses or gynecological health. All females should start having pap smears at 21, which are mostly done by an OB/GYN.

Riverside OB/GYN is located at 2275 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton. Call 734-675-7210 or visit riverside-obgyn.com to learn more.

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