Women's Health Specialist

Integrated Family Medical Center

Kalpana Desai, MD

Family Practice Physician located in Lady Lake, FL

The secret to living a full and healthy life is following a good wellness plan. Kalpana Desai, MD, at Integrated Family Medical Center provides compassionate women’s health services to the Lady Lake, Florida, community. A triple board-certified physician who cares deeply about her patients, Dr. Desai offers traditional treatments in addition to natural or holistic therapies. Call Integrated Family Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today if you’re looking for women’s health services to keep you feeling your best at every stage of life.

Women's Health

Why is it important to have well-woman exams?

Well-woman visits, or annual exams, are seen as a form of preventive medicine that helps you avoid serious health conditions, or to diagnose them early on.

During your appointment, Dr. Desai evaluates your general health, including personal and family medical history. She checks your blood pressure, heart rate, and weight, and watches for health risks like heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. If necessary, she also administers any vaccinations that might protect your health.

Establishing a baseline of your health when you’re feeling your best can help identify changes that might be of concern in the future.

In addition to your physical wellness exam, Dr. Desai also offers women’s health services that include preventive gynecology care like Pap smears, menopause management, and incontinence treatment.

Why do I need a Pap smear?

Preventive gynecology involves screenings to try and detect diseases early. A Pap smear, or Pap test, is one of these screenings.

Usually done during a pelvic exam, a Pap smear is performed to detect cervical cancer. Your cervix is at the lower opening of your uterus. The main way to successfully prevent and treat cervical cancer is through cancer screenings.

Regular Pap testing should begin at age 21, or when you become sexually active. Preventive gynecology also includes screening for sexually transmitted diseases, abnormalities in the uterus and ovaries, and breast cancer.

How is menopause managed?

The loss of estrogen that occurs when you reach menopause can cause a variety of unwanted symptoms, including:

  • Aches and pains
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Incontinence

Dr. Desai understands the challenges that come with menopause and offers both traditional treatments like hormone replacement therapy and medications, as well as holistic solutions like diet modifications, exercise, and orthomolecular supplements.

What is incontinence?

Incontinence is a common condition for many women and can vary in severity. Involuntary loss of bladder control can occur when you sneeze or cough, because you can’t reach the bathroom in time, or with leaks at your first urge to urinate.

During your appointment, Dr. Desai evaluates your health and symptoms to identify the cause of your incontinence. From there, she offers traditional treatment options such as medications, bladder training techniques, or surgery, as well as natural solutions like lifestyle changes. These might include pelvic floor exercises, a healthy diet, and orthomolecular supplements.

If you need a women’s health provider that you can trust, call Integrated Family Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.