Gynecology

Columbia Fertility Associates -  - Fertility Specialist

Columbia Fertility Associates

Fertility Specialists & OB/GYNs located in Washington, DC, Bethesda, MD & Arlington, VA

Gynecology and women’s health require a special level of expertise, and the OB/GYN team at Columbia Fertility Associates are the best in their field. They provide a full array of gynecology services at three convenient locations in Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Maryland; and Arlington, Virginia. To schedule your gynecological exam, call or book an appointment online today.

Gynecology Q & A

What Does a Gynecologist Do?

Although they focus on your reproductive system, the team of gynecologists at Columbia Fertility Associates are experts in all areas of women’s health. They specialize in common issues that affect women, including:

  • Reproductive health
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Infertility
  • Breast health
  • Sexual health


They also monitor your heart health and blood pressure and may provide counseling on any number of women’s health concerns, such as menopause or birth control.

When Should I See a Gynecologist?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends all adolescent girls start seeing a gynecologist around ages 13-15, or younger if they’re already sexually active.

Teenage or adult women should schedule an appointment with a caring provider at Columbia Fertility Associates for any of the following reasons:

  • Concerns about menstrual cycles
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Incontinence
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Preconception counseling
  • Pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Family planning
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)


Even if you feel perfectly healthy, it’s important to see your OB/GYN at Columbia Fertility Associates for routine well-woman exams.

What Happens During a Routine Gynecological Exam?

What happens during your well-woman visit depends on your age and medical history. Adolescent girls may only receive a physical exam and discuss their menstrual cycles, while women over 21 also get a pelvic exam and Pap test to screen for cervical cancer.

During a well-woman exam, your provider at Columbia Fertility Associates monitors your health for any unusual changes that may indicate an underlying issue. They may ask questions about your menstrual cycles and sexual health to check for abnormal symptoms.

They also review information on how to protect your body with safe sex, a healthy diet, and exercise.

What is a Pap Test?

Pap tests play an essential role in preventing cervical cancer. Although Pap tests aren’t quite comfortable, they don’t cause pain and are over in less than five minutes.

During a Pap test, you lay on the exam table with your feet propped up. Your provider at Columbia Fertility Associates inserts a speculum into your vagina and gently swabs the surface of your cervix to collect a sample of cells. They send these cells to a lab for analysis.

If your Pap test was normal, you don't have to do anything until your next scheduled exam. Abnormal Pap test results don’t mean you have cancer, but the team at Columbia Fertility Associates may recommend additional tests, such as colposcopy.  

For expert gynecological care, call Columbia Fertility Associates or book an appointment online today.