Annual GYN Exam

Annual GYN Exam Specialist
Having an exam yearly is a part of maintaining good overall health. Dr. Alexander provides annual GYN exams which can assist patients to monitor indications of changing gynecological health and ensure that any conditions are found and treated early.

Annual GYN Exam

What does an annual GYN exam involve?

Annual visits promote your general well-being, as well as the well-being of your reproductive health.  An annual GYN exam is an exam that covers a woman’s overall health and wellness with a focus on preventative treatments. This visit is an opportunity for the doctor and patient to review the patient’s health and discuss any concerns. A yearly well woman exam will be executed by the physician and include a breast exam and a pap smear. When the exam is conducted patients can expect a:

  • physical exam
  • breast exam
  • pap smear and/or pelvic exam
  • update and review of medical history
  • update of work and life activities
  • update on medications, immunizations, and supplements
  • evaluation of required screening tests, like a cervical cancer screening

How often should I have a routine gynecological exam or well visit?

Women should have yearly wellness visits, according to recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and beginning at age 21; they should have annual pelvic exams as part of those visits to check for signs of STDs and cancers. Pap tests may be performed less frequently depending on each woman's age and other risk factors.

What if a problem is discovered?

If a medical illness or condition is found during the exam, the physician can suggest an array of treatments. If the issue is of greater concern, treatment might start that day, or it could be a continuing process. Some illnesses are only found during a pap smear, and if the results are returned as irregular, the physician will discuss the findings and any care which is required, with the patient.

At what age should a young woman have her first visit to a gynecologist?

ACOG recommends teens between the ages of 13 and 15 see a gynecologist for a routine exam without a pelvic exam to receive important information about their health as well as information about STDs, safe sex, and other pertinent topics. Seeing a gynecologist in the early to mid teens helps young women feel more comfortable seeking medical help or guidance when needed to enable them to avoid serious diseases and even pregnancy.

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