Women’s Health

Women’s Health Specialist
With years of experience as a gynecologist, nothing is more important to Dr. Alex Giannakakos than supporting the health and wellness of his patients. Contact his practice in Staten Island, New York to learn about his comprehensive services, from yearly well woman exams to menopause treatment to aesthetic procedures for vaginal rejuvenation.

Women’s Health Q & A

by Alexandros Giannakakos, MD

Why should women get regular preventive check-ups?

Preventive medicine focuses on staying well and finding symptoms of health issues early enough to stop them from developing into a serious disease. Regular checkups with a gynecologist can help you accomplish this goal.
A yearly gynecological exam is recommended, but the frequency of your checkups depends on your age and overall health. If you don’t already come in for preventive checkups, it’s important to take that first step so that you and Dr. Giannakakos have baseline information about your health.

What happens during a well woman exam?

During a well woman exam, the focus is on screening your current health status. We’ll review your medical history and discuss diet, weight, exercise, and lifestyle habits. We’ll assess your risk for chronic health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Dr. Giannakakos may order blood tests to check cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid functioning, and any other tests that are needed to clarify a finding from the gynecological exam.

Services commonly included in a well woman exam include:

  • Breast exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap smear to test for cervical cancer
  • Birth control
  • Preconception planning
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Testing for infections or sexually transmitted disease
  • Immunizations, such as a flu shot, vaccination booster, or shots to prevent shingles or pneumonia
  • Recommended screenings like a mammogram or bone density test

What menopause services does Dr. Giannakakos provide?

Dr. Giannakakos has extensive experience helping women manage symptoms that develop before menopause and keeping them healthy after menopause. A woman officially reaches menopause after 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. As menopause approaches, menstrual periods become irregular and hormones begin to fluctuate, causing classic menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep problems, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse.

Regular gynecological and well-woman exams continue to be important during menopause, but Dr. Giannakakos offers services specifically designed to help during menopause, including:

  • Hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms
  • Screening and treatment for sexual problems, such as lower sex drive, diminished sensitivity, and pain with intercourse
  • Vaginal rejuvenation using MonaLisa Touch, a gentle laser that treats menopause-related vaginal changes that impact sexual intercourse
  • Osteoporosis screening and treatment for fragile or brittle bones
  • Treatment for urinary incontinence and overactive bladder
  • Screening for pelvic organ prolapse
  • Lifestyle assessment to be sure diet, exercise, and other lifestyle habits support ongoing wellness
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