Women's Health Specialist

Family Medical Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Elkridge, MD, and Ellicott, MD and Columbia, MD

At Family Medical Wellness Center, in Elkridge, Columbia and Ellicott City, Maryland, Rubina Alvi, MD, is tuned in to the unique health needs of women and has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Dr. Alvi and her skillful team offer numerous women’s health services, from physical exams and Pap smears to contraception and nutritional counseling. The experts remain committed to helping women optimize and be proactive with their health and wellness. For quality women’s health care, call the Howard County office, or schedule online today.

Women's Health Q&A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is the branch of medicine dedicated to the specific health care needs of women. Women’s health care revolves around addressing your reproductive, sexual, and general health. Many conditions can be diagnosed and treated with women’s health, including infections, certain forms of cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).    

Women’s health at Family Medical Wellness Center can also involve menopause treatments, pelvic exams and checkups, Pap smears, STD testing, and contraception for women looking to prevent pregnancy.

What does a women’s health exam include?

A women’s health exam or well-woman exam is an important part of your overall health care. During the exam, Dr. Alvi performs several assessments.

Pelvic exam

During a pelvic exam, Dr. Alvi examines the health of your vulva, cervix, vagina, uterus, and ovaries. Testing for STDs often occurs during the pelvic exam. This part of the exam allows Dr. Alvi to detect any issues or concerns with your sexual or reproductive health. 

Physical exam

During the physical exam, Dr. Alvi checks your general appearance, your vitals, your lungs, and your heart. She uses this part of the exam to determine the status of your overall health. It’s also a great time to mention any changes or concerns you have regarding your health. 

Breast exam

During the breast exam, Dr. Alvi feels for lumps and abnormalities in your breast and under your arms. The breast exam can be used to detect breast cancer and other breast-related conditions. 

Pap smear

A Pap smear is a women’s health care test that’s routinely performed during your pelvic exam. Pap smears test for any signs of cervical cancer. 

Staying on top of your regular women’s health exams allows Dr. Alvi to detect issues with your reproductive, sexual, or general health as early as possible. Annual well-woman exams are recommended, but there are other times when you might need care, such as for a UTI or yeast infection.

What are some of the most common conditions affecting women?

Some of the health issues unique to women include symptoms associated with menopause and conditions of the female organs, such as fibroids, cervical cancer, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Some conditions common to both men and women can affect them in a different way or at a disproportionate rate. For example, STDs are often more serious for women. And women are more likely to experience osteoarthritis (a condition of weakening bones) and urinary tract infections. 

At Family Medical Wellness Center, the team provides exceptional women’s health care no matter your condition. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.