Gynecology Specialist

Kathy Anderson, MD, FACOG, JD, ABAARM -  - Gynecology

Mothers and Daughters Center

Kathy Anderson, MD, FACOG, JD, ABAARM

Gynecology & Regenerative Medicine located in Santa Ana, CA

At Mothers and Daughters Center, Kathy Anderson, MD, offers a wide range of gynecology and aesthetic services to help women in Santa Ana, California, look and feel their best. Whether you need an annual exam, health screenings like breast exams and STD testing, or gynecological surgical treatment, you can depend on Dr. Anderson for personalized and attentive care. Call Mothers and Daughters Center or schedule a gynecology appointment online today.

Gynecology Q & A

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is an area of medicine focused on a woman’s health and reproductive system. With her specialized training, Dr. Anderson can address a variety of health issues and concerns, including:

  • Birth control
  • Endometriosis
  • Testing for STDs
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Hormonal changes
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Menstruation and menopause
  • Breast and cervical cancer screenings

If surgical treatment is required to treat your gynecological condition, Dr. Anderson is also a specially trained surgeon.

To protect your reproductive health, Dr. Anderson performs numerous health screenings during annual gynecology exams.


What can I expect during an annual well-woman exam?

At your annual exam, Dr. Anderson works with you to increase your overall health and wellness. This exam includes noting vital information, like your height, weight, and blood pressure. She also discusses your personal and family medical histories as well as any concerns you may have about your health.

During your well-woman visit, Dr. Anderson performs a breast exam as well as a pelvic exam, which evaluates your reproductive organs and genitalia.


Why do I need a pelvic exam?

A pelvic exam can detect a variety of gynecological issues, including:

  • STDs
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Early-stage cancer

Dr. Anderson can also assess some gynecological problems during a pelvic exam if you’re experiencing symptoms such as unusual vaginal bleeding, urinary problems, or abnormal discharge. She might also complete other tests, like STD screenings and a Pap smear.


Why do I need STD testing?

Many of the most common STDs don’t have any symptoms, so if you’re sexually active, regular screenings are essential for your reproductive health.

During your pelvic exam, Dr. Anderson checks the health of your genitals for signs of infection. Common signs and symptoms of STDs typically include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Sores or warts
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Irritation or rashes
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Burning or pain while urinating
  • Itching, pain, or swelling of the vagina, vulva, or anus

Based on your examination, Dr. Anderson might recommend additional STD testing through swabs, urine, or blood tests.


Why do I need a Pap smear?

A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a method of detecting cervical cancer. It’s done during a regular pelvic exam by taking a painless swab of cells from your cervix. The cells Dr. Anderson collects are analyzed in the lab to look for abnormalities or changes that may indicate cervical cancer.

Call Mothers and Daughters Center or schedule an appointment online today.