Generally, women should have a pelvic exam at least once per year. Every woman should see a gynecologist before the age of 21. Although most women do not need to have a pap smear before the age of 21, a gynecological exam is recommended, because it can uncover undetected health problems, such as UTIs and STIs. Questions you may have regarding PMS symptoms, irregular, painful, or heavy periods and the best way to deal with them can be answered during an exam as well.
Topics of birth control, relationships, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections can be discussed with your gynecologist, who can offer sound advice and treatment if necessary. Your gynecologist can also refer you to an outside resource if there is an issue that can’t be handled in your doctor’s office. If you’re over 21 but under 29, you should have a pelvic exam once a year.
Gynecology is the branch of medicine dealing with health care for women, especially the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system, it is safe practice to have an annual exam to stay on top of your health. We care for women at every stage of life, from the child bearing years through menopause and beyond. If you are looking for caring OB/GYNs who will work with you to achieve and maintain your best possible health, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly women’s health professionals. We look forward to helping you achieve your best healthy life!