Getting a routine gynecology examination is one of the best ways to protect your health. During a routine exam, your doctor can answer any questions you may have related to gynecological issues, reproduction, fertility, menstruation and menopause. Routine gynecological exams often involve breast exams, pelvic exams and STD testing.
A pelvic exam may involve 3 to 4 different procedures depending on your health and age. These include:
You may experience mild discomfort when the speculum is inserted, or when cells are collected during the Pap smear. If you experience any pain, tell your doctor. Routine gynecology examinations usually take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends a Pap smear every 3 years for women between the ages of 21 and 29. Women from 30 to 64 should also get a Pap smear every 3 years, or a Pap smear with an HPV (human papillomavirus) test every 5 years. If you're over 64, ask your doctor if you need to keeping getting Pap smears.
Some women may need to get Pap smears more frequently. If you have had abnormal Pap smears in the past, have HPV, precancerous cells, cervical cancer, or other health issues, talk to your doctor about getting tested more frequently.
In addition to Pap smears, your OB GYN can perform or recommend a variety of preventive screenings and services, including:
The tests and procedures you need will depend on your age, current health, and health history. Talk to your OBGYN about which gynecological tests and procedures are right for you.
In addition to comprehensive gynecological care, your OB/GYN can serve as your advocate before, during, and after pregnancy.
Our obstetricians can: