Women have a distinct set of health needs, and for many, those needs rank behind a multitude of daily tasks and obligations. Terese Harris, MD, FACOG, provides compassionate gynecology services to the women of Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, and strives to make these visits as informative and enjoyable as possible. If you’re overdue for a well-woman exam or have a question or concern about a gynecologic issue, call the office in Orange County to set up your visit today. Online scheduling is also an option, and takes just moments to complete.
Gynecology is a medical specialty focused on a woman’s reproductive health. The best time to begin seeing a gynecologist is around the age of 13-15. These first few visits establish a trusting relationship with Dr. Harris and offer an opportunity for teens to discuss areas of concern and ask questions they may have about the changes they’re experiencing.
As you move through the phases of life your gynecologic care evolves. For example, a young woman might focus on preventing and screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The years to come might shift the focus to preparing your body for the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth.
As you near menopause, you may be interested in learning how hormone replacement therapy can help manage menopause symptoms. Once you’re beyond menopause you’ll still see your gynecologist for routine health screenings and care.
Well-woman exams form the foundation of your women’s health needs. These visits center on delivering the screenings and education needed to help you maintain optimal gynecologic health.
A pelvic exam is part of the process and allows Dr. Harris to examine your vulva, cervix, and vagina for signs of tissue abnormalities. A Pap smear collects a small sample of cervical cells for microscopic evaluation and is an excellent tool for detecting cervical cancer in the earliest stages.
Your well-woman exam also includes a breast exam. You’ll have time to ask questions and express any concerns you have. This is a great time to learn ways you can enhance your sexual health as well as your overall health and wellness. No topic is off-limits, and you’re encouraged to make use of this time in a way that is beneficial to you.
As a gynecologist, Dr. Harris offers numerous screenings, diagnostic services, and treatments for various women’s health issues. Some of the women’s health conditions you might encounter include:
Dr. Harris also provides advice on birth control options and can help you find an approach that aligns with your family-planning goals and lifestyle.
If you’re searching for a gynecologist who places your needs at the center of every interaction, schedule a time to meet with Dr. Harris and learn more about how her skills and approach align with your needs. Scheduling takes just moments online or by phone.