Women's Health Specialist

Dean K. Otaka, MD

Family Medicine located in Aiea, HI

You spend much of your day caring for the needs of others. Isn’t it time you put your health and wellness first? Specializing in family medicine, Dean Otaka, MD, makes sure your health is on the right track with preventative care that includes screening tests and immunizations. Call or schedule an online consultation today with his office, conveniently located in the Aiea area of Honolulu.

Women's Health Q & A

What is a women’s health exam?

Even if you don’t have health issues, it’s a good idea to see your doctor at least once a year for a women’s health exam. Also called a well-woman visit, this is an annual check-up focused on preventative care. The goal is to keep you healthy now and in the future.

During a women’s health check-up, Dr. Otaka discusses your overall condition and health goals. You may undergo diagnostic tests, or get shots to prevent diseases or certain health conditions.

How do I get ready for a women’s health exam?

Your women’s health exam is the perfect time to ask questions about any issues that trouble you, including changes you’ve noticed in your body. As your body ages, it changes. You may wonder whether the changes you’re seeing are normal.

Here are some of the subjects you might want to discuss:

  • Contraceptive options
  • Trying to have a baby
  • Signs of menopause
  • Changes in your breasts
  • Safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Mental health issues, including depression or anxiety
  • Eating healthy and staying active
  • Your relationships and your safety

What happens during a women’s health exam?

Dr. Otaka begins by taking a complete medical history. You can expect questions about past illnesses or surgeries, current medications you take, your sexual health, and any medical conditions that run in your family.

You’ll talk about the next steps to help you remain healthy, such as screening tests and follow-up services. If you have health goals, such as quitting smoking or losing weight, Dr. Otaka can help you come up with a plan to achieve your goals.

Next, you’ll have a physical exam. Dr. Otaka checks your vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. To finish your exam, you may be asked to undress completely, or from the waist down. Depending on your age and sexual history, Dr. Otaka may perform:

  • A Pap smear, to test for early signs of cervical cancer
  • A pelvic exam to assess your pelvis and vagina to make sure you’re healthy

You may also have a breast exam, or be referred to a specialist for a mammogram.

If you’re overdue for a well-woman exam, call or schedule a consultation online today with Dean Otaka, MD.