Family practitioners remain the primary health care provider for most women in the United States. While a patient may be referred to obstetrics and gynecology from time to time, only the family physician provides care across a patient’s lifetime. Dr. Mirela Mircea and Dr. Vivian Lugo-Eschenwald of Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia understand the needs of women and their families, making them ideal partners in your continuing health care. Call FMAA today for a consultation.
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Often when a woman sees an obstetrician-gynecologist, it’s because she’s pregnant or has a reproductive disorder. While this is part of her overall health, it’s not the complete picture. Family care physicians, including Dr. Lugo and Dr. Mircea, provide a much more comprehensive total health care option for many women.
Women’s health does include diagnosis and treatment of conditions unique to women, and it also considers conditions that, while not unique, occur more frequently in women, such as autoimmune issues, for example. In some cases, disorders common to women and men may be treated differently between genders, such as with heart attacks.
Reproductive and sexual health carry different weight for female patients because of the woman’s role in pregnancy and birth. Given the role of mother and the importance of that role in the care and nurturing of children, women’s health often reaches beyond the person, given how profoundly many mothers feel the illnesses of their children. With interactions such as breastfeeding, the health of mother and child can often be physically connected as well as emotionally connected, which both parents experience. FMAA is the only Washington, D.C., metro area family care provider that teaches and uses the Creighton Model FertilityCare System for the advancement of patient knowledge of the female reproductive system and for making informed fertility choices. The Creighton model recognizes the importance of female health to the family unit. It’s a system that includes both male and female considerations in reproductive health care.
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"Fantastic doctors & staff; they take the time to truly understand patients and put them at ease. The doctors do a great job giving you their rationale..."
"She has a phenomenal, empathetic bedside manner; I never feel rushed, she asks lots of questions, and makes me an active participant in decisions about my care."
"Had my first visit there a month or so ago. It went exactly as I wanted. I waited only a few minutes, the staff was professional. They answered all of my questions."
"...FMAA has been a loyal and consistent part of my family staying healthy while overcoming a myriad of different issues."
"I'm usually really uncomfortable with doctors offices, but the staff here is all very friendly...Billing was really easy- they have online payment..."
"I have been trying to find a good doctor for many years. My first visit here was excellent. Professional and courteous..."
"Dr. Vivian Lugo is a very professional - ethics, knowledge and experience. She has been my primary physician for 11 years...She is the best!"
"Dr. Vivian Lugo is a very caring and professional MD. The feeling of being listened to and care for is achieved when seeing Dr Lugo. She is thorough and clear..."
"I've been going to Family Medicine for three years. Usually can get an appointment with Dr. Mircea within a week..."