Women’s Health Specialist

Richard J. Metz, MD, FACP

Concierge Internal Medicine located in Los Angeles, CA

There are a number of health concerns and conditions unique to women, including everything from menstruation to menopause. Women in the Los Angeles, California area need a physician who has a full understanding of complex female health needs, and Dr. Richard Metz is ready to help. As an internal medicine physician with 30 years of experience, he offers a vast knowledge of women's health care issues.

Women's Health Q & A

How can Dr. Metz help women?

By offering comprehensive screening and treatment options, Dr. Metz can help women prevent and manage a variety of health issues. His expert knowledge can help with most female-specific health needs including:

  • Osteoporosis screening and treatment
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Menopause
  • Nutrition & weight control
  • General health and wellness
  • Painful menstruation
  • Birth control

What are common menopausal issues?

As a woman enters menopause this marks the end of her fertile years. This change in the body is completely natural but is sometimes accompanied by symptoms that can disrupt sleep, deplete energy, and cause emotional turmoil. The reduced estrogen production that comes with menopause can also lead to other health complications such as osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak. This condition is tied to menopause, during which time a woman’s body produces less estrogen than it did during their fertile years. Estrogen plays a vital role in bone density health, which is why menopausal women are more susceptible to osteoporosis.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Osteoporosis is best addressed before it can fully take hold of the body. Bone density tests conducted conveniently on-site are used to determine precise levels of risk and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Osteoporosis prevention can also include strengthening exercises and consuming foods high in calcium. Some medications are also available for treating osteoporosis, such as bisphosphonates or estrogen therapy.

How is breast cancer screening conducted?

Breast cancer affects one in eight women and is common. There are a number of risk factors that may play a role in the development of breast cancer, some of which are consistent with age and genetics. As women age, their risk of developing breast cancer increases. Women with a family member who has had breast or ovarian cancer may be at greater risk for developing breast cancer, too.

Dr. Metz conducts breast cancer screenings by first taking risk factors and other health issues into consideration. Some medications may also contribute to breast cancer. Full breast exams can include physical breast exams, mammograms, and if necessary breast ultrasounds and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). By using these early detection methods, breast cancer can usually be found and quickly treated.