Women's Health Specialists

Karen Kim, MD, PC

Cosmetic Specialist & Internist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Ranging from breast cancer to pregnancy, fertility to heart disease, women’s health issues are both specific to the patient and varied across the female population. Yet, as many women fill caretaker roles for family members, they often claim they are too busy to seek medical care on their own. Using her vast experience as an internist and as a mother of two, Dr. Karen Kim understands the life of the women she treats. This is why she provides early morning appointments from her Downtown Los Angeles practice, Karen Kim, MD, PC to fit any busy schedule.

Women's Health Q & A

I would like to become pregnant in the future. What can I do now to ensure my health and the health of my baby?

There are few things more miraculous in this world than having a healthy pregnancy result in a perfectly beautiful baby. Fortunately, there are several things women can do to improve their overall health and chances of having a healthy baby long before they even consider getting pregnant.

Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity not only leads to high blood pressure, heart disease and type II diabetes, it also reduces the chance of conceiving and carrying a baby to full term.

Quit smoking. There are few things more damaging to a developing fetus than tobacco smoke.

Develop a consistent exercise routine that you can maintain through pregnancy. This will not only help with pregnancy aches and pains, it will make labor, delivery, and recovery much easier.

Take a multi-vitamin that includes folic acid. Folic acid has been shown to reduce the likelihood of birth defects in the womb.

Create healthy eating habits. Not only will you have more energy, you will help your body perform at its optimal level once you become pregnant.

Stop engaging in risky sexual behaviors such as having unprotected sex with multiple partners. Sexually transmitted diseases can dramatically affect a woman’s fertility.

What women’s health screenings should I have and when should I have them?

Women should visit their doctor once a year for regular exams. During this time, Dr. Kim will conduct a physical exam, including a breast exam, and she will discuss your reproductive plans, birth control options, and health concerns. You may also have one of the following examinations, depending on your age, personal and family medical history, and reproductive stage in life.

  • Breast exam every year
  • Bone density test after age 65
  • HIV and other STD screenings as needed
  • Mammogram once every two years beginning at age 50 if there’s no personal or family history of breast cancer.
  • Pap test and HPV screening every five years after age 21 if you do not have a history of an abnormal pap smear test.
  • Pelvic exam every year

What other conditions should I discuss with Dr. Kim?

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, changes in mood or behavior, changes in menstrual cycle, physical appearance, or ability, it’s important to discuss these symptoms with Dr. Kim. The presence of certain symptoms can they indicate serious health concerns, and can also impact your ability to function in your daily activities. For more information on women’s health and what you can do to live your healthiest life, contact. Karen Kim MD, PC for a consultation appointment.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Dr. Kim's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

Contact us!

Aetna
Anthem
Blue Shield
Cigna
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
United Healthcare