First & Routine Visit to Gynecology
Your first visit to gynecology
Having a visit to Carle Gynecology is much more than a pelvic exam or pap smear. Actually, you may not have either of these done at your first visit. One of the main goals of your first visit with us is to help you feel comfortable discussing topics like normal or abnormal menstrual patterns, sexual health, STDs, and pregnancy prevention.
After these topics have been discussed, you may have a breast exam, pelvic exam or a pap smear.. A pap smear and a pelvic exam are not the same thing. A pelvic exam may be done for a variety of reasons including as a part of routine health exam and to check for abnormalities. A pap test is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. During a Pap test, a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix is collected by your gynecologist. The cells are examined for abnormalities that may point to abnormal cell changes, such as cervical dysplasia. A pap smear may or may not be collected during your pelvic exam. Check with your gynecologist to see how often you should have a pap smear.
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Your routine visit to gynecology
You will visit our office at regular intervals, usually annually. During this time, it will be important to discuss your gynecologic health. Whether or not you get a pap smear every year, we still need to review other factors important to your health. We will assess your needs for planning or preventing pregnancy and may perform a routine health screening exam, including a breast exam, pelvic exam, pap smear, or STD testing. While we will likely perform a breast exam, depending on your health and a discussion with your provider, you may not need a pelvic exam and pap smear annually. If you are young and very healthy, this visit could be spaced out to longer intervals.