A woman should visit her gynecologist, starting early in life and on a regular basis. We at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX have taken great care to design an office that is comfortable and inviting. Drs. Jenkins, Roy, Ramirez and Ikwuagwu are sensitive to your needs, and treat you and your situation with utmost respect, understanding, and confidentiality. We know that you are more likely to return to our office for the care that you need to be most happy and healthy when you feel like you are in a warm, comforting environment, treated by accomplished and skilled professionals that you can trust.
Women should begin to visit the gynecologist, well before they have reached “womanhood”; the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG), the leading organization for obstetricians and gynecologists, advises the first visit be scheduled around the age of 13 to 15. This is the timeframe when many girls have their first periods. Teens and young women should also visit us if they:
The above is a partial list. If it is a concern to you, it is a concern to us. Generally, we recommend annual “well” visits. Also, annual abdominal and breast exams often begin at around age 19, while annual Pap tests and pelvic exams generally follow starting two years later.
Getting into a healthy routine early on provides you with power – through insight. We help you to understand your body, and any changes that occur. It also helps us to establish a “baseline,” what is normal for you. So, we can detect abnormalities and intervene appropriately. We’ll also explain some of the trouble signs that you should watch for, which can be signs of conditions like a vaginal infection, or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. As difficult or embarrassing as it may be at first, we are here for you and encourage you to speak openly. Tell your doctor if you are sexually active. Some sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic. We will want to get you checked out and ensure that you are healthy and resolve any issues. It’s also important to discuss ways to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases and infections that can threaten your health, well-being, and life.
Many of the things we’ll discuss during your visit will seem familiar – your family physician probably asks a lot of the same questions! We’ll do things like check your blood pressure, and ask about any concerns you may have such as unusual lumps you may have noticed, cramps, and sudden or worsening pain. Breast and pelvic exams, and Pap tests are all generally ordered to detect abnormalities that may be indicative of conditions such as breast and cervical cancers.
Whether it’s your first visit or 10th visit, we want you to feel calm and comfortable! We welcome questions, and anything that will help to make you feel more relaxed. You may wish to have a friend stay in the room with you during your visit. We want you to turn to us, rather than letting a worry consume you. There are problems that can be prevented, or can be managed in a way where they don’t overwhelm your life. We look forward to meeting you, and partnering with you on your wellness journey.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.