Gynecologist

Trinity Women's Health

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Murrieta, CA

An annual well-woman visit to your gynecologist ensures your reproductive health and gives you the opportunity to discuss any issues that concern you. Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, and Dr. Nerissa C. Safie, expert gynecologists at Trinity Women’s Health in Murrieta, California, live in the community and consider you part of their family. They can help you at every stage of your reproductive life, from puberty to pregnancy to menopause and beyond. Contact the all-woman Trinity Women’s Health team by phone or online form to set up your well-woman exam or to speak with a gynecologist.

Gynecologist Q & A

Trinity Women's Health

What is a gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a medical doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health. You should start seeing a gynecologist when you have your first period or by the ages of 13 to 15. Your gynecologist will be a member of your health team for the rest of your life, even after you’ve reached menopause.

Why should I see a gynecologist?

Gynecologists are trained to detect potential problems with your reproductive organs and administer treatments to keep you healthy. During your yearly well-woman appointment, your gynecologist may:

  • Examine your breasts
  • Conduct a pelvic exam
  • Check your vulva
  • Examine your vaginal walls
  • Check the health of your cervix (opening of your uterus)
  • Take a Pap smear to check for cervical cancer
  • Test for sexually transmitted diseases

A gynecologist can also:

  • Prescribe or administer your choice of birth control
  • Refer you for mammograms and ultrasound
  • Help with fertility issues
  • Help with menstruation problems
  • Administer vaccines, including the HPV vaccine
  • Administer breast-cancer gene tests
  • Prescribe medication
  • Perform gynecologic surgery

When should I see a gynecologist?

You should have a well-woman gynecological exam at least once a year. You should also contact your OB/GYN if you:

  • Have irregular periods
  • Have painful periods or cramping
  • Notice unusual-looking or -smelling vaginal discharge
  • Have heavy periods, abnormal bleeding, or spotting between your periods
  • Have pain during sex
  • Are worried about STDs
  • Are hoping to become pregnant

What kinds of conditions do gynecologists treat?

Gynecologists treat any condition that’s related to your reproductive health. Some conditions they treat include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • STDs
  • Painful periods
  • Symptoms of perimenopause and menopause

Does a gynecologist deliver babies?

Gynecologists focus on women’s health. The doctors who help you during pregnancy and who can deliver your baby are called obstetricians. Many gynecologists are also obstetricians.

Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie are all Board Certifed obstetricians and gynecologists, a specialty that’s abbreviated as OB/GYN. They can advise you on how best to get pregnant, help you and your partner successfully conceive, advise and guide you through pregnancy, and deliver your baby.

Trinity also has a midwife on staff to help you through pregnancy and delivery.

Whether you’ve never been to a gynecologist before, or you’re looking for a new member for your reproductive-health team, contact Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie. Reach them by phone or use the easy online form.