Gynecology Specialist

Richard Bardowell, MD -  - OB-GYN

Richard Bardowell, MD

OB-GYN located in Burbank, CA

As a woman, your health needs can change dramatically during your lifetime. Dr. Bardowell is a leading ob-gyn in Southern California, with extensive experience in gynecology care and treatments that can help ensure women stay as healthy as possible during every stage of life.

Gynecology Q & A

Why do I need to have routine gynecological exams?

Regular gynecology exams are critical to ensuring women stay as healthy as possible throughout every stage of life. Having routine exams is the best way to catch diseases including cancers in their earliest stages when treatment is usually easier and more successful. Many diseases can become active and cause changes even before symptoms occur, which means they can develop undetected until serious complications occur. Plus, regular exams help you get the treatment and care for gynecological and urogenital issues that are more likely to occur as you age, so you can enjoy optimal health and wellness and ward off age-related conditions.

What happens during an exam?

A gynecological exam begins with a medical history including any symptoms or concerns you may have. Your weight and blood pressure will be measured and recorded and a clinical breast exam will be performed. You may also have a pelvic exam with a Pap smear and HPV test. Once your exam is complete, you'll be able to ask questions or discuss any concerns you have about your health.

Does an abnormal Pap test result mean I have cancer?

No, actually most abnormal results are caused by other issues, like an infection with HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV is very common; in fact, nearly every sexually-active adult has had HPV at some point. Most HPV infections clear on their own, but sometimes they can cause genital warts. Any type of HPV can cause an abnormal Pap test. If you have an abnormal result, Dr. Bardowell will be able to advise you about the need for additional in-office testing options to determine the cause.

Do I need a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends women under age 40 have a mammogram every three years; women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO plans, including the following insurance for both current and new patients. Please contact your insurance plan for specific coverage information by calling the telephone number listed on your insurance identification card.


Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medi-Cal (OB Only)
UnitedHealthcare