JoEllen Embry WHNP and Barbara Lockwood WHNP have helped thousands of women throughout the Mesa, AZ, area get the gynecology services they need to maintain good health at every age. The providers have advanced training and experience in their field, adhering to the highest standards so you can feel confident in your care.
Gynecology Q & A
Why are regular gynecologic exams important?
Gynecologic exams including a pelvic exam are important for identifying diseases and medical conditions, including sexually-transmitted diseases and cancer, in their earliest stages, when they’re most treatable. Having your first pelvic exam when you’re young – ideally in your early 20s – can provide important baseline information that can help your doctor spot changes during future exams which could be indicative of an evolving medical condition. Regular exams also play an important role in ensuring you have all the information you need to make smart choices about your health.
What can I expect during my exam?
During your visit, your doctor will record your blood pressure and weight, feel your tummy and make an overall health assessment. You’ll also have a clinical breast exam – a critical tool in identifying early-stage breast cancer – and in most cases, a pelvic exam to examine your external genitalia, vagina, uterus and cervix and to perform a pap smear to screen for cervical cancer. Your exam will be based in part on your age and other health-related factors. Your exam is an ideal time to ask questions and talk about your concerns about sexual health, pregnancy and other issues.
How often should I have a gynecological exam?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends annual well visits, including annual pelvic exams for women over 21, to maintain good health. Postponing visits can allow many diseases and medical conditions to go undetected, allowing them to develop into more serious conditions. The organization also recommends a first visit to a gynecologist take place between the ages of 13 and 15 for educational purposes and screening, with a pelvic exam only when medically indicated.
Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:
Words from our patients
JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!
5 Stars – Yelp
It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions. I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.
5 Stars – 10/11/2018
Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”
5 stars – 09/28/2018