Gynecology Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

If you’re a woman between the ages of 16-85, you should see a gynecologist each year. Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda's professional OB/GYN team has three board-certified gynecologists -- Dr. Lewis Townsend, Dr. John Gschwend, Dr. Deena Kleinerman -- who can serve you. Located conveniently in Bethesda, Maryland, the practice can meet all your gynecological needs, including birth control, preventive screenings, and menopause management. If you’re looking for a new gynecologist, look no further than the compassionate and friendly team at Capital Women’s Care. Call today or to schedule your initial consultation.

Gynecology Q & A

What does a gynecologist do?

A gynecologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the unique needs of women, especially regarding their reproductive health. Gynecologists address issues with menstruation, contraception, and issues with sexual function. They can treat infections, screen for cancer and other chronic conditions, and provide a wide range of treatments, including pelvic and urinary tract surgeries.

Women between the ages of 16-85 should see a gynecologist annually for a well-woman visit. These examinations allow your gynecologist to address any concerns you may have, ensure your reproductive system is healthy, and screen for specific conditions like cervical or breast cancer.


What are common gynecology problems?

Your gynecologist at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda addresses a range of women’s health issues. Some of the most common gynecological problems they treat include:

  • Painful or irregular periods (dysmenorrhea)
  • Endometriosis and abnormal bleeding
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and incontinence
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Fibroids and ovarian cysts
  • Osteoporosis

Gynecologists also help counsel you on birth control and contraception, as well as address annoying symptoms related to menopause management.


What happens during a gynecology appointment?

When you see your gynecologist at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda for an annual gynecological appointment, you can expect certain things to happen. A friendly team member records your weight, temperature, and blood pressure, and may schedule you for a blood test or urine screen as well.

The doctor reviews your health history. If this is your first gynecological appointment, you will probably discuss your sexual history, sexual partners, and if you practice safe sex. Being open and honest with your gynecologist ensures the care you receive will be the best care possible.

Your gynecologist also performs a physical examination. During this exam, your doctor may:

  • Look at the outside of your vagina and vaginal opening
  • Use a metal device (a speculum) to open your vagina and view your cervix
  • Do a pap smear by removing a small amount of tissue from your cervix
  • Palpate your abdominal wall with two fingers inserted into your vagina
  • Complete a breast exam to feel for signs of cancer
  • Request STD testing, especially if you have unprotected sex or more than one partner
  • Consult with you about safe sex and pregnancy prevention

If it’s time for you to see a gynecologist, call Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda today to schedule or go online to book your appointment.