One of the most important steps you can take to manage your health is scheduling annual gynecology visits. They can check for current health problems as well as prevent future risks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) state that women should schedule an annual gynecology exam regardless of their need for a Pap Test.
Annual exams will cover PAP Smear Tests, screening procedures, and breast examinations. The doctor will assess your current health and view your nutritional, physical, sexual, and drug use habits. The vital signs that need to be checked are weight, height, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI).
The Pap test allows the doctor to detect abnormal cervical cells before they present a direct health risk. They must be diagnosed and treated early, otherwise, they can develop into cancer. Scheduling regular pap tests can help patients increase the chances of detecting any abnormal cells.
Birth control counseling is available so women can make the best decisions for preparing or managing pregnancy. Options for controlling pregnancy include skin patches, oral contraceptives, mini-pills, implants, injection, and hormonal vaginal contraceptive rings.
Gynecology visits can also help find sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and determine the correct approach or treatment. Periodic testing is recommended even for patients who regularly practice protected sex. It is important to ask your partner if they have had any exposure to STD. Our office can provide safe and confidential testing procedures and treatment for STD.