Seeing your gynecologist even when you are feeling fine is an important part of your medical care. Annual gynecologic exams give your gynecologist an opportunity to detect and treat problems early. Routine diagnostic tests including Pap smears can identify potential health concerns long before you have any symptoms.
Annual exams also give you a chance to ask questions about your health; whether you are concerned about unpleasant period symptoms including PMS, or want to learn more about STDs or contraception, your provider is here to address your concerns.
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An annual gynecologic exam often includes:
- Pelvic exam
- Pap smear
- Breast exam
- Cancer screening
- Mammography referrals
- Contraception counseling
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening & treatment