In 2020, people around the world have put important medical decisions on hold as they work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Until vaccines and more effective treatments become available, keeping social distance and wearing a face mask remain the best way to decrease the spread of the virus, lessen the health impact of testing positive and saving lives.
However, when you have medical questions for your OB/GYN, you typically don't want to wait for too long. That's where telemedicine services come in. With today's cutting-edge technologies, experts like Alexandra Pellicena, MD, can continue to give you the OB/GYN care you need without risking potential exposure through trips to the office.
Dr. Pellicena supports new and existing patients from throughout the Houston, Texas, area — both in person and through virtual visits. Here's what she wants you to know about how telemedicine can support your OB/GYN needs during the pandemic.
When you need an OB/GYN
Women's health comes with some unique challenges. An OB/GYN doesn't just help you if you are pregnant or want to become pregnant. OB/GYN services also include annual well-woman exams, birth control, endometriosis treatment, STD screening, and post-menopausal care.
Regular treatment is the key to many elements of women's health. Pregnancies proceed on their own timelines, and you need professional medical support throughout the pregnancy to keep mother and baby healthy and thriving. STDs typically benefit from prompt treatment and endometriosis can turn into a prolonged, painful experience if not attended to early. Waiting too long to see your OB/GYN can often be a bad idea.
If you have concerns including abnormal bleeding, cramping, pain or itching, issues with your breasts or urinary system, or questions about fertility, you should see an experienced OB/GYN. If you think you might be pregnant, contact an OB/GYN right away for best prenatal care.
The good news is that you can address many women’s health issues with a telemedicine visit with Dr. Pellicena.
How telemedicine can help
With telemedicine, you benefit from Dr. Pellicena's advice and expertise without having to plan for an office visit. Telehealth technology allows you to talk privately to Dr. Pellicena one-on-one, in real time, without leaving your home or breaking a quarantine.
During a virtual visit, Dr. Pellicena can address many obstetric and gynecological issues, including offering pregnancy support and diagnosing acute medical issues, all through the easy-to-use and intuitive telemedicine interface.
In addition to speaking with Dr. Pellicena, you can send images or videos of symptoms. Dr. Pellicena can also send any new or updated prescriptions you need directly to your pharmacy of choice. If Dr. Pellicena determines that you need lab work or a diagnostic exam, or that you need to be seen in person for an office follow-up, she will let you know.
Telemedicine treatment isn’t a complete substitute for in-person OB/GYN care but it can get you on your way to staying healthy. By combining telemedicine and improved COVID-19 safety precautions in our office, Dr. Pellicena can safeguard your health and wellness throughout this pandemic and well into the future.
Schedule a virtual OB/GYN appointment with Alexandra Pellicena, MD, today. You can contact our office or request a telemedicine visit online.