If you’re a relatively healthy woman, having an annual well-woman exam with a gynecologist can help you meet a wide range of basic health care needs. That’s because gynecologists are specially trained to meet the specific health care needs of women, and those needs aren’t limited to problems that affect your reproductive system. At Life Care for Women in Gilbert, Arizona, Dr. Linda Sodoma uses her specialized skills, broad base of knowledge, and caring bedside manner to provide the best possible health care for women living in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Call or book your appointment online today
A gynecologist (OB/GYN) is a physician who’s trained to provide superior medical and surgical care throughout the many stages of a woman’s life, including the start of menstruation, the childbearing years, and through menopause.
After graduating from medical school, gynecologists complete a four-year specialized residency training that focuses on all aspects of women’s reproductive care, as well as women’s basic primary care, including health maintenance, preventive care, and disease management.
In practice, most gynecologists are generalists who treat a wide variety of medical conditions, provide preventive health screenings, and perform surgery.
On any given day in the office, Dr. Sodoma may perform preventive well-woman exams, identify gynecologic problems, and provide treatment. She routinely evaluates, diagnoses, and treats:
Minor office procedures that Dr. Sodoma performs regularly include endometrial biopsies, vulvar biopsies, and pap smear tests.
She uses ultrasound imaging to help diagnose common gynecological problems, and also offers birth control counseling, hormone replacement therapy, and vaginal rejuvenation treatments.
Yes. Gynecologists are trained to perform a wide variety of outpatient surgical procedures, including laser surgery, tubal ligation, endometrial ablation, and hysteroscopy and laparoscopy.
Gynecologists are also trained to perform inpatient surgical procedures, including hysterectomies, which can be done laparoscopically, abdominally, or vaginally. Dr. Sodoma specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies.
The annual well-woman exam is the foundation of preventive care in gynecological medicine. During a well-woman exam, Dr. Sodoma will cover many aspects of your health, including:
Your annual well-woman exam is also an opportune time to learn more about your birth control options, discuss any sexual concerns, receive preconception counseling, or get help with menopause symptoms.