Gynecology - Annual Exams
Healthy patients should have a complete gynecological examination
every year. At this appointment, it is important for patients to ask
questions about health concerns and any new symptoms that have arisen
since the last annual examination. Usually, gynecologists interview
patients and discuss lifestyle habits, weight loss or gain, changes in
menstruation and other reproductive and female health concerns.
Depending on a patient’s age, symptoms and family health history, annual
exams may also include a pelvic exam, lab work and/or mammogram.
Annual exams are useful for detecting certain diseases and cancers in
their earliest stages. Early detection improves overall prognosis and
may make treatment easier. The American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists recommends that the first gynecological appointment occur
during the teen years, although pap smears and other screenings may not
be necessary during this time.
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