It is recommended that women begin receiving an annual well-woman (gynecology) exam between the ages of 18 and 21, when they become sexually active, or if any gynecological issues present themselves in adolescence.
The purpose of your routine annual gynecology exam is to check your female organs to make sure that they are in good gynecological health.
Annual gynecological exams and menopause/post hysterectomy: It is recommended that you continue to be evaluated during an annual gynecological exam post menopause/post hysterectomy.
It is important to continue to monitor your gynecological health throughout your lifetime. This is a great time to discuss any new symptoms that occur as you age, including menopausal issues, abnormal body changes, and osteoporosis treatments.
What happens during an Annual Well-Woman (Gynecological) Exam: The physical portion of the exam takes a few short minutes. There will be time before and after the exam for you to ask and your provider to answer any questions you might have.
Your annual gynecological exam will generally consist of the following:
• Annual bloodwork if you do not have a primary care provider
• An assessment of your current health
• A breast exam to check for lumps, skin changes, or nipple discharge
• A pelvic exam to check your vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, and pelvis, including your ovaries, for masses, growths or other abnormalities
• A Pap test to screen for cervical cancer (for those 21 and older)
• STI cultures (for those under 25)
• Urine sample to check for bladder issues (including incontinence), kidney health, various infections, and pregnancy.
Additional testing may include:
• Mammograms (we do not perform these here, but order them for patients who may require them)
• HIV Testing (at the discretion of the provider or request from the patient)
• Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing (at the discretion of the provider or request from the patient)
We see patients outside of their Annual Well-Woman Visits for diagnostic, evaluation, and treatment of gynecological issues. Some of the most common reasons that these appointments are scheduled:
• Abnormal Pap Smears
• Cervical Cancer Screening
• Cone Biopsies
• Irregularities in your menstrual cycle
• Unusual or severe vaginal or pelvic pain
• Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
• Swelling, tenderness, sores, lumps, itching, or unusual changes in your breasts
• Ovarian Cysts—evaluation and treatment
• Uterine fibroids—evaluation and treatment
• STD—testing, diagnostics, and counseling
• Risk assessment and testing for hereditary breast cancer
• Risk assessment and testing for ovarian cancer syndrome
• HPV vaccine
If you are in need of birth control or would like to discuss birth controloptions, we can see you for a visit.
During this visit, we will normally:
• Check your blood pressure and vital signs
• Discuss your medical history
• Perform any other health checks deemed necessary by your provider
• Administer or prescribe birth control
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Everyone is so sweet. I felt so comfortable and at ease on my very first visit. ~ Jo Ann B.
I have been to several OBGYN offices/spas throughout the years. I initially came to Acadia Women's Health in February 2019 for Cosmetic Surgery. The staff was so over-the top nice/kind/friendly & helpful that I ended up staying and returning for all of my women's healthcare needs-routine yearly women exams, hormone replacement therapy. I now bring my daughter for all of her healthcare needs & refer as many friends and family as possible because there is no doubt in my mind that they will love the doctors, NP's, staff and facility. ~ C. Fencht
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