As a woman, you may have a lot of questions for—and about—your obstetrician gynecologist (OB/GYN). For starters, how often should you see your OB/GYN? What kinds of tests should you have done when you do? What does your OB/GYN determine during those tests? We're here to answer all of those questions and more.
How often should I visit my OB/GYN?
As a general rule, it's best to see your OB/GYN once a year.
What exams should I have when visiting my OB/GYN?
If you're between 21 and 29 years old, you should have a yearly pelvic exam and a general women's wellness exam, which should include a Pap test every three years. If you're between the ages of 30 and 64, you should have a pelvic exam every year and a Pap smear every three to five years, depending on what your provider recommends.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that girls should have their first gynecological appointment between the ages of 13 to 15. This first appointment may just consist of a talk with the physician and/or a general exam, though young women under 21 should not receive a Pap test.
What is a pelvic exam?
During a pelvic exam, your physician checks your uterus, cervix, Fallopian tubes, ovaries and bladder for abnormalities or signs of illness.
What is a Pap Smear?
A Pap smear, also known as a Pap test, is a screening that checks for cervical cancer and any abnormalities that might lead to cancer. During a Pap smear, your physician will use a speculum to observe your vagina and cervix. They'll also check your internal organs and retrieve a small sample of cells to test for abnormalities.
What is a general women's wellness exam?
A general women's wellness exam covers breast and pelvic exams. It's also an opportunity for your physician to assess your individual needs and answer any questions you may have about sexuality, stress, parenting, family planning and hormones.
Goshen Health Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology is excited to welcome Dr. Ellen Cuddeback to its team, where she will serve as doctor of osteopathic medicine and provide comprehensive well-woman care. Visit Dr. Cuddeback at Goshen Health to learn more about women's health and how Goshen Health can support you.
Posted: 9/09/2015 by
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