At what age should girls begin seeing a Gynecologist?
Annual exams should start at age 21 regardless of sexual activity. Women should consider seeing a gynecologist sooner if they become sexually active, are interested in birth control, or they are having menstrual problems.
How often should I get a breast exam or mammogram?
Mammography screenings should begin at age 40 and be conducted every one to two years. Every woman should have a yearly clinical breast exam starting at age 21, and more often depending on your family or personal health history.
How often should I get a Pap Smear Test?
It is recommended that a Pap Smear Test be conducted every two to three years from age 21-30. More often, if having any abnormalities. After the age of 30 it is generally recommended that a Pap Smear Test be conducted every three to five years unless high risk HPV is present.
Are there other exams that I should get regularly?
We conduct a general physical exam of the thyroid, heart and lungs auscultation, and an abdominal exam.
I had a hysterectomy. Do I still need a Pap Smear Test?
If you have had a previous diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer, it is recommended that you continue to receive routine Pap Smear Tests. If your hysterectomy was done for benign reasons, then Pap smears may be discontinued.
How can I prepare for a Pap Smear Test?
Avoid intercourse, douching or using any vaginal medicines two days prior.
Should I get a Pap Smear Test during my menstrual period?
It is best to avoid a Pap Smear Test during your menstrual period.