Annual Exams and PAPs
Annual exams with a Women’s Care doctor are essential to your health.
At Women’s Care, we believe that an annual exam with one of our physicians is an essential way to promote your overall health. Make the most out of your health care visit by reviewing this information from the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We want to provide you with the best possible care, from cancer screenings and bone health evaluations to general physical and emotional health care.
ACOG Patient education fact sheet: Making the most of your healthcare visit.
First Gynecological Visit
At Women’s Care, we listen to the concerns of young women. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that a young woman make her first visit to a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Most girls will NOT need a pelvic exam during this visit. Your Women’s Care physician will do a regular health exam, talk to your teenager about her development and menstruation, and make sure she feels comfortable returning to discuss any concerns. For an introduction to women’s health and gynecology for teens, read this information from the American Congress for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Please make an appointment with a Women’s Care provider to discuss ANY issues, including periods, pain, sign of infection or any worries.
PAP Smears and HPV Testing
Pap smears and HPV testing provide prevention and early detection of cervical cancer.
Women’s Care obstetrician/gynecologists provide evidence-based testing for cervical cancers. HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus, can cause cervical cancers. 75% of women have had HPV at some time during their lives. Normally, a healthy immune system clears HPV in 1-3 years. Over time, HPV can cause changes in cervical cells that are precancerous and cancerous. Pap smears can detect these changes, so that your cervix can be treated long before cancer occurs. To protect yourself further against HPV and cervical cancers, talk to your Women’s Care doctor about receiving the HPV vaccine.
For additional information about pap smears and HPV, please take a look at the following information: