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Annual and Preventive Exams Q&A

What should I expect at an exam?

If this is your first visit with our doctors, you’ll sit and have a consultation before your pelvic exam. You’ll discuss your family health history and your sexual, reproductive, and menstrual history. This is also the time to bring up any concerns you might have. Then you’ll go to an exam room to prepare for the pelvic exam.

What happens during the exam?

You’ll remove your clothes, put on a gown and lay on the exam table. The doctor will then perform a pelvic exam, checking on your comfort throughout. You can also expect mild palpation of your breasts to check for lumps or irregularities.

Can the doctors answer other health questions?

Our doctors specialize in gynecological and reproductive concerns, but general questions about your weight, exercise, substance abuse, sexually-transmitted diseases, pregnancy, mood, and birth control are all relevant. If the doctors can’t directly help you with your issues, they’ll be able to refer you to someone who can. Remember, everything you discuss is kept confidential. Don’t be embarrassed to share important information.

Does it hurt?

A pelvic exam shouldn’t hurt, but it can be slightly uncomfortable and awkward. Recognize, however, that it’s a critical part of your yearly health maintenance. Developing a solid relationship with your gynecologist supports your wellness and your peace of mind.

Should I have an exam more than once per year?

Patients who have menstrual disorders, who are pregnant or infertile, have pelvic pain, or experience unusual vaginal discharge should consult their doctor for a special appointment.

What if I don’t want to get pregnant?

A gynecological visit isn’t just to keep your reproductive organs healthy in your childbearing years or when you want to get pregnant. It can reveal a number of important factors about your health, including uterine dysfunction, fibroids, cysts, cancer, and bladder infections. Every woman needs to be checked regularly to support overall good health. Your doctor can also help you make decisions about the appropriate birth control options if so desired.