Annual Preventive Health Exam
A yearly gynecologic assessment is recommended for all women, especially if they are sexually active and/or using hormonal medication. Cervical cancer screening (pap testing) will be added to the exam at the age of 21. Do not have intercourse or place anything (tampons, medication) in the vagina for 48 hours prior to your exam. This will ensure a more accurate assessment of the vaginal walls and the cervix.
Annual exams begin with an evaluation of the thyroid, breasts, and abdomen. The pelvic exam includes inspection of the vulva, vagina, cervix, and palpation of the uterus and ovaries. A pap test will be done beginning at age 21. Screening for sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be done as well.
Please note: If you are experiencing significant gynecological problems such as menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, severe PMS, irregular periods, or abnormal discharge, please schedule an appointment to specifically address this. An appointment for routine care can be scheduled at a later date.