Jane Matos-Fraebel M.D., is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She offers well woman exams and other health care services specifically for women at A New Life OB/GYN of Broward in Plantation, Florida.
Although many patients may think a well woman exam focuses on reproduction and gynecological concerns, overall health is also an important issue. The well woman exam should include a full physical examination and health history. An annual pelvic exam and clinical breast exam are also part of a well woman exam. Well woman exams include Pap smears at designated intervals and may also include testing for sexually transmitted diseases as well as other lab and diagnostic tests.
During the childbearing years in particular, well woman exams tend to lean heavily toward reproductive issues. Hormonal influences can affect fertility, result in heavy or irregular periods, or menstrual cramps. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is another condition more likely to show up in the childbearing years. But women also need other kinds of care: cancer screening, nutrition, and general health and lifestyle advice. Rather than have two separate appointments, doctors usually cover all those topics during a well-woman exam.
Women have an increased risk of some diseases that have nothing to do with reproduction. Among them are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, as well as mental health conditions like depression. They are also more likely to develop hypothyroidism (low thyroid), which can affect fertility and breast cancer. Of course, women also face issues like ovarian and uterine cancer. After menopause, a woman’s risk of certain diseases, such as osteoporosis and heart disease, increases.
It’s impossible to maintain good health without attention to the basics. A healthy diet provides vital nutrients, and women, who are more likely to diet than men, may be susceptible to nutritional deficiency. Sleep deprivation and stress may have a greater effect on women, who often bear the primary responsibility for childcare and family, so adequate sleep and stress management are also important. Regular exercise helps with both, and it can help women lose or maintain weight as well as promote heart health.
A New Life OB/GYN of Broward, LLC is part of Florida Woman Care, LLC and accepts most major insurance plans: HMO, PPO, POS, EPO, Medicare and Tricare, including Covered Florida Exchange plans (Obamacare). Unfortunately, we do not accept Blue Select, Preferred Care Options (Medicare Replacement Plan), Medica, and Careplus Health Plan (Medicare Replacement Plan). If you do not see yours listed here, please contact our office for more information.
"First time I ever felt at ease speaking to the doctor! Very professional. I have already recommended others to this office."
"Wonderful caring Doctor Jane Fraebel takes her time, is very explanatory about treatment and options!!"
"Dr. Matos is such an wonderful, personal doctor and I highly recommend her. We had 3 babies under her care."
"Her compassionate care for her patients goes above and beyond her medical expertise and it comes directly from her heart."