Women’s health and reproductive health requires routine care and attention. Even though Pap smears are no longer done on an annual basis for most women, that doesn’t mean a routine annual evaluation should be ignored. In fact, the benefits of visiting the gynecologist on a regular basis is incredibly important to preventing a wide range of problems—or obtaining assistance for issues that do occur.
During an annual examination with the gynecologist, women can discuss their reproductive health needs and desires. Women struggling with poor sexual function or pain during intercourse can seek answers to their problems. Women who are worried about contracting a sexually transmitted disease, or require testing for one, are able to get the care they require. Additionally, most gynecological exams discuss birth control options and open the door for discussions regarding menstrual problems such as increased pain or irregularity that may be caused by hormonal imbalances. There are so many aspects of women’s health that can be addressed with a doctor during an annual examination.
Below are just a few other concerns that can be addressed with the help of a doctor:
- Vaginal infections
- Pelvic pain
- Preconception counseling
- Fertility concerns
- Perimenopause and menopause
- Urinary incontinence
- Changes in the breasts
What about Pap smears?
Pap smears are diagnostic tests performed to evaluate the health of a patient. This testing is especially helpful in diagnosing cervical cancer. Many women who have cervical cancer do not show any signs or symptoms, which makes it nearly impossible to diagnose early enough for successful intervention without having a Pap smear performed. For most patients, a Pap smear can be done every three to five years to monitor for cervical cancer and does not need to be a part of their annual examination unless there are increased risks of developing cervical cancer, such as an HPV diagnosis or a family history.
Schedule your routine evaluation today!
At Premier OB/GYN, patients in the area of Bradenton, FL who are ready to speak to a doctor about regularly scheduling their gynecology visits are welcome to book a visit through our front office team. Call (941) 745-5115 today and visit us at 5323 4th Avenue.