Annual gynecological exams are the most important piece of maintaining good sexual and reproductive health. Women over the age of twenty-one, or younger depending on sexual activity, should visit a doctor that specializes in women's health. A gynecologist or an OB/GYN will perform the yearly exam that includes a pelvic exam, a breast exam, and a Pap test. In addition to the yearly visit, a gynecologist can help with contractive needs as problems including pelvic pain or discomfort, irregular periods, or STIs and infections.
Annual exams may cause a bit of discomfort, but they are crucial to sexual and reproductive health and shouldn't be skipped. Discomfort or anxiety can be avoided by visiting with a doctor you trust. Call Solace Women's Care if you are looking for gynecology services that strive to make every interaction comfortable and provides excellent service to each and every patient.
Women's Physical Exams
When scheduling an annual exam, it's best to know what to expect going in. The annual exam includes a pelvic exam, Pap test and breast exam. The annual exam is the best in preventative care and can be used for early detection of more serious conditions.
The purpose of the breast exam is to check for any lumps or irregularities in the breast tissue. If you feel any pain or discomfort while the doctor is examining the breast, be sure to let the doctor know. You may be coached in how to perform self-exams to conduct in-between visits to the doctor. If you are over the age of thirty-five your doctor may suggest a mammogram as well. The pelvic exam is an internal and external exam of the uterus, cervix and vulva. During the pelvic exam the doctor will take a swab of the vaginal wall and cervix to conduct the Pap test. The Pap test is conducted to test for abnormalities.
At Solace Women's Care, we offer caring and sensitive annual exams and women's physicals for all our patients. Contact our office today to schedule your next exam.