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Your annual gynecologic exam is an important part of your overall health. We typically recommend that annual exams begin between the ages of 16 and 21 years.
Your doctor will assess your overall health as well as check your reproductive system each year. Establishing your gynecologic care early on is important so that we can establish a benchmark from which we can assess and screen for any changes and/or abnormalities that may need to be followed or treated.
For most women, the annual GYN exam is not high on their list of favorite things to do. We understand how you feel and strive to ensure your utmost comfort. As physicians, we also understand that an annual GYN exam has saved lives and is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It’s also a great time to ask your doctor questions and talk candidly about any concerns or unusual symptoms you may be experiencing.
The annual exam consists of:
*A Note about Pap Smears – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women begin Pap smears at age 21. Women between the ages of 21-29 should get a Pap smear every three years, and then every three to five years after age 30. Screening will be more frequent for women with abnormal Pap smears.