Which Type of Gynecology Exam Do I Need?
Gynecologic care, even when routine, is often anxiety provoking. At Women’s Healthcare Group, the team encourages you to discuss your concerns and apprehensions with your provider so that they can best address them at the time of your exam in as comfortable an atmosphere as possible.
Women’s Healthcare Group offers annual gynecological exams and screenings, as well as diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of gynecological problems. The specific gynecological care services the practice provides include (but are not limited to):
- Annual Gynecological Exams Exams and Screening: Includes a breast exam, cervical cancer screening (Pap smear), and other exams, tests, or screenings your clinician may recommend as important for you. One in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may actually have a gene mutation such as BRCA 1 or 2 which could put you at a risk of up to 87% for getting breast cancer and up to 63% of getting ovarian cancer. Use this link to take a family history quiz in less than a minute which will let you know if you are a candidate for genetic testing. You can share the result with your provider.
- Sexually Transmitted Disease Screenings: The routine annual gynecological exam includes a screening (Pap test) for the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), the highest known risk factor for cervical cancer. Based on medical history or risk factors, your provider may also recommend tests for other sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis, hepatitis, or HIV. The CDC recommends testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea yearly, starting when you become sexually active until age 26. After age 26, testing is recommended based on risks you may have, as well as symptoms.
- Surgical Procedures: Women’s Healthcare Group performs surgical procedures at nearby York Hospital — a nationally recognized teaching institution, and at Apple Hill Medical Center (the Hospital’s affiliated facility). Some minor surgical procedures are done comfortably in-office. Other options may be available depending on your insurance requirements.
- In-Office Procedures: There are some procedures that the OB/GYN team can perform in-office to save you time and money over having these procedures in the hospital. With the increased deductible patients are needing to pay, we can lessen the cost to you by doing procedures in the office. An endometrial ablation can be done with sedation and numbing of your cervix. We can also perform hysteroscopy and biopsies in the office.
- Menopause Counseling: To support a healthy, more comfortable menopause experience, the clinicians have expertise and available resources in such areas as general menopause education, hormone replacement therapy, alternative treatments, sexuality and sexual health during and after menopause, and more.
- Sex Education/Sexuality: The providers have the knowledge, resources, and treatment methods available to help women understand and manage sexual health concerns at every stage of life. The support Women’s Healthcare Group clinicians can provide includes, but is not limited to -
- The female reproductive system
- General education about female sexuality
- General sexual health across a woman’s lifespan
- Contraception, safe sex, and sexually transmitted diseases and their prevention
- Conception, pregnancy, and infertility
- Adolescent Gynecology: Women's Healthcare Group providers gear an adolescent gynecology exam towards young women going through puberty. Teen visits can include birth control counseling, discussion about female reproduction and menstrual cycles, and any other assessments your clinician deems necessary based on age and health.
How Often Do I Need a Gynecology Exam?
In general, as long as you’re generally healthy, your dedicated OB/GYN at Women’s Healthcare Group wants to see you once a year for your well-woman exam. But you may need to come in more regularly if you have any health concerns, like sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs or STIs), are going through menopause, or are experiencing abnormalities in your menstrual cycle.
Book your gynecology appointment at Women’s Healthcare Group today. Click on the online scheduler or book your visit online.