The Importance of Annual GYN Screenings

Women’s gynecology is a subspecialty of medicine that covers the gynecological, obstetric, and reproductive needs and concerns regarding women’s health. From adolescent years to old age, women need a gynecologist to establish and follow up with to ensure their women’s health needs.

The most common types of gynecological visits are routine pap smears, breast exams done annually. Mainly, all health insurances cover the costs and recommend regular gynecological visits. Women must get screenings to rule out any reproductive cancers that have been prevalent in many women each year. To learn more about routine gynecological services, continue reading.

What Are Annual GYN Exams?

Annual gynecological exams are routine visits with your physician to perform vaginal exams to rule out cancers, abnormalities or simply provide well women care. It is essential to see a gynecologist regularly, especially during adolescent years and throughout adulthood, because of the high prevalence of breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers found in women in these age brackets.

Pap Smears 

Annual gynecological exams involve a routine pap smear, performed through a vaginal exam with a gynecologist or primary care physician. The cervix is examined, and a sample of cervical cells is collected to be sent to a lab and then checked for any abnormalities or likelihood of cervical cancers. It can be scary to hear that the results of this test can come back abnormal, but if that’s your case, be sure to follow up with your gynecologist to do further testing.

If there are abnormal cells discovered, this doesn’t always mean that cancer is present. The gynecologist will do further testing and discuss the next steps to help you through the process. Ovarian cancer and Breast cancer are very prevalent among women, making it very important for routine exams.  

Breast Exams 

Breast cancer screenings are very popular because of the high prevalence of breast cancer in women. Women themselves can perform breast exams through a self-exam or with a gynecologist either at the office or through breast imaging, mostly known as a mammogram.

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the United States. Regularly seeing a gynecologist ensures that you won’t miss your annual exams, and you’ll be prepared to have a breast exam to rule out any breast cancer.

Family Planning and Contraception 

Another sector of gynecological/obstetric services includes family planning and contraceptive care. These visits follow up with pregnant women, those looking to become pregnant or to get on a birth control regimen. Your gynecologist may advise you on your menstrual and ovulation cycles and when your best time of the month you are likely to conceive.

Suppose you are sexually active and looking for contraceptives. In that case, your gynecologist can advise you on the different types of birth control and what may work best for you regarding your health and your contraceptive needs.

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