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Women's Health Specialist

Cogent Family Healthcare

Stephen J Sims, MD

Family Medicine located in Mountain View, CA

To address a woman’s unique health needs, the staff at Cogent Family Healthcare offers a variety of on-site services, including women’s health exams and Pap smears, at their Mountain View, California, office. Board-certified family physician Stephen Sims, MD, and the caring staff provide the highest quality of care throughout your diagnostic evaluation. The team also focuses on improving your overall health and wellness through nutritional counseling and routine health evaluations. Schedule your women’s health appointment today at Cogent Family Healthcare by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online today.

Women's Health Q & A

Why are women’s health exams important?

Women’s health exams are an important part of preventive health care. The staff at Cogent Family Healthcare offers women-focused exams to identify underlying health issues, including cervical cancer, that can exist without symptoms.

By scheduling a routine women’s health exam, you can stay on top of your reproductive health, and your Cogent Family Healthcare provider can track any changes between exams.

What can I expect during a women’s health exam?

During your women’s health exam, your Cogent Family Healthcare provider discusses your medical history and your family history. This information helps them identify potential hereditary issues that can increase your risk for certain cancers and other chronic health conditions.

Your routine exam is also the perfect time to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your menstrual cycle, new symptoms you’re experiencing, or your breast health. The Cogent Family Healthcare team also discusses your usual diet and provides nutritional recommendations to support good health and a healthy weight.

You can expect your Cogent Family Healthcare provider to perform a physical exam of your body and examine your breasts, checking for lumps or other abnormalities. Your provider also completes a pelvic exam, which allows your physician to check your internal organs for visible abnormalities, such as inflammation or growths.

Your provider also performs a Pap smear, sometimes called a Pap test, which involves collecting a sample of cells with a painless swab of your cervix. They send this sample to a medical lab for further evaluation to check for cancer or precancerous cell changes.

What happens if my Pap test results are abnormal?

There are several reasons why the results of a Pap test can come back abnormal, in addition to signs of cervical cancer.

If your test shows abnormalities, your Cogent Family Healthcare provider may request another Pap test to confirm results. They may also suggest other diagnostic testing to determine the reason for your results.

Some of the most common reasons besides cancer that your Pap test may show abnormal findings include:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Recent sexual activity

If the test determines you have precancerous or cancerous cells, your Cogent Family Healthcare provider can refer you for an evaluation with a cancer specialist.

If you have an existing vaginal or urinary tract infection or an infection, your provider creates a treatment plan that may include antibiotics or other medications to clear the infection.

To schedule a women’s health exam, contact Cogent Family Healthcare today by phone or by using the online booking feature.