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Women's Health Specialist

James  A.  Sharkoff, M.D. -  - Primary Care

Pueblo Medical Center

James A. Sharkoff, M.D.

Primary Care located in Stanton, CA

Women have unique healthcare needs at every stage of life. Getting regular well-woman exams is necessary for maintaining your overall wellbeing and is the key to early detection of potential health issues. James Sharkoff, MD, provides women’s health services at Pueblo Medical Center in Stanton, California. Whether you need an annual exam, want to consider family planning options, or have troublesome symptoms, call the practice or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Women's Health Q & A

What do I need to know about women’s health needs?

While all genders need regular checkups with their doctor, if you’re a woman, you can also benefit from a specialized annual well-woman exam to address the unique health needs of women.

Women’s health needs include the reproductive organs, sexual health issues such as sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, or symptoms relating to your menstrual cycle. Women are also at a higher risk of certain diseases than men, including:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Serious effects of STDs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis

In addition, women who have heart attacks are more likely to die from them than men, so regular checks of blood pressure and heart are important.

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

If you don’t see a gynecologist regularly, your women’s health exam at Pueblo Medical Center may include a pelvic exam with a Pap smear.

If you see a gynecologist annually, a women’s health exam at Pueblo Medical Center includes a discussion of any symptoms you’re experiencing, along with tests and health screenings:

  • Physical exam
  • Breast exam
  • Blood tests
  • Diabetes screening
  • Urine tests
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Measurement of vitals
  • STD tests

Depending on your age and any symptoms, you may receive referrals for bone density scans, a mammogram, colonoscopy, or other tests. If you become pregnant, Dr. Sharkoff may refer you to an obstetrician for specialized care throughout your pregnancy.

When should I see a doctor about women’s health issues?

In addition to regular preventive care in the form of annual exams, you should call the doctor whenever you have symptoms, including:

  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Low libido
  • Cramping not caused by your period
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual cycle
  • Foul-smelling or unusual vaginal discharge
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Vaginal itching or dryness
  • Blisters or sores on genitals

Your women’s health physician also helps with urinary incontinence symptoms — a condition many women experience as they age due to hormonal changes.  

To schedule a women’s health exam, or if you have symptoms and health issues you would like to discuss with a doctor, call Pueblo Medical Center, book through the online scheduling form or use the walk-in availability for an appointment.