Women's Health Specialist

Ladynez Espinal, MD -  - Gynecologist

Lady's Care Center

Ladynez Espinal, MD

Gynecologist located in Miramar, FL

At Lady’s Care Center in Miramar, Florida, Ladynez Espinal, MD, works to educate her female patients to be aware of the unique health concerns that affect them and make informed decisions about their health care. Dr. Espinal recognizes that women face different concerns than men and offers a wide range of health services to directly address women’s health issues. For more information or to schedule your appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Women's Health Q & A

What are some health issues that affect women more than men?

Women experience many health concerns unique to their gender, like pregnancy, birth control, and menopause. In addition to these gender-specific issues, women are also more vulnerable to certain conditions and are affected differently than men by similar health problems. 

Some of these conditions include:

Heart disease

Women are up to three times more likely to die of a heart attack than men. While most women know the importance of a regular breast exam, the leading killer of women today is a heart attack that results from chronic heart disease. 

Stroke

The use of additional hormones in birth control, hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy put women at a higher risk of stroke.

Eating disorders

Women are more likely to develop eating disorders, and their associated health issues, due to societal pressures.

Osteoarthritis

Women over 45 have a higher risk of developing this kind of arthritis compared to men.

Osteoporosis

Post-menopausal women have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis due to lower estrogen levels, with 80% of Americans with osteoporosis being women.

Lady’s Care Center provides women’s health care that goes beyond regular gynecological care and addresses some of the major health issues affecting women today.

What tests do you offer for women’s health?

It’s important to get annual physicals as a preventive health care measure to detect any hidden health issues and ensure your long-term well-being. All women should have the following during their physicals.

  • Cholesterol level blood screening
  • Blood pressure reading
  • Bone mineral density test
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) testing
  • Breast cancer screening

Dr. Espinal strongly suggests a Pap smear at each physical to check for cervical cancer, which has a higher chance of being cured if it’s detected early.

If you think you need additional tests for other issues that disproportionately affect women, like depression or diabetes, talk to Dr. Espinal, and she can accommodate your specific needs.

Do I need routine STD testing?

STDs are a public health challenge, especially for women who inordinately bear the long-term consequences of STDs. Some common STDs are:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Untreated STDs cause infertility in at least 24,000 women every year, so STD testing is always a good idea. Other reasons women should get regular STD testing are:

Unique risk

Women’s vaginal linings are an ideal environment for infections and make you more susceptible to catching STDs.

Less obvious symptoms

Women with certain types of STDs are less likely to show common symptoms than men. Sometimes symptoms are also harder to notice or are misdiagnosed.

Compromised reproductive system

Untreated STDs in women can lead to complications when they’re pregnant or want to get pregnant, with many STDs increasing your chances of infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

Danger to your baby

Women with certain STDs can pass them on to their babies during childbirth, which can lead to fatal consequences for the baby.

To learn more about the various women’s health services at Lady’s Care Center, call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment today.