Annual exams ensure you’re healthy and no gynecological problems exist. It’s also a time for patients to check in with the doctor to discuss any updates in their health or new concerns. In many cases, annual exams uncover a mild health problem before it becomes serious.
During an annual exam, our staff at The Women’s Group asks the patient basic questions about her health, takes vitals, and looks for any anomalies. If the woman is over 21 or sexually active, we perform a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer.
Our staff at The Women’s Group encourages patients to ask any questions or bring up concerns they have about their gynecological health during an annual visit. Patients also use this opportunity to discuss birth control and safe sex with their doctor.
Patients choose from many different types of birth control, including oral contraceptives, injections, intrauterine devices, and implants. Doctors at The Women’s Group provide additional information about each of these options to help patients make the right choice.
Most medical insurance companies cover the cost of an annual exam. However, patients should always verify the cost with their insurance companies before seeing their doctor.
In general, our staff at The Women’s Group recommends that women see a gynecologist annually at the age of 21. However, women should begin annual exams earlier if they’re sexually active.
Our staff recommends that patients try to schedule their annual gynecological exams between menstrual periods, as the flow can interfere with the exam. The day before the exam, avoid vaginal intercourse and prepare a list of any questions for your doctor. Call The Women’s Group or schedule your next annual exam online.
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