Annual gynecological exams can feel like one more thing on your to-do list in a life full of other priorities. But the annual visit can be quick and there’s no better way to help prevent health problems or quickly detect any that have already arisen.
What a Visit Looks Like
If you’re over 30, you should get a pap test every other year, but still visit your gynecologist annually. At every visit, your doctor will discuss your eating habits, sexual practices, and any tobacco or alcohol use. If anything has come up that you’re unsure of or wonder about, your gynecologist (and obstetrician) can answer your questions. The doctor will also check your height, weight, and blood pressure.
If you are sexually active, annual testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is recommended up to age 25. Routine HIV testing is also recommended up until you turn 64. Getting your regular pap test is important to detect abnormal cervical cells. This allows for early detection and diagnosis if anything might be wrong, which can keep abnormal cells from becoming cancerous.
Along with all of the steps an annual visit accomplishes, building a relationship with your gynecologist and obstetrician can lead to having a trusted friend that you can call or visit to discuss any health concerns. For less than an hour a year, you can keep your health a priority and gain a friend and mentor.
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Dr. Julie Drolet
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