Annual Gynecological Exams (pap smear, pelvic and breast exams)
Convenient locations in Raleigh, Holly Springs and Panther Creek.
Annual gynecological exams in Holly Springs are important for women, especially when they are of childbearing age. These examinations can help us spot possible problems early on so that we can take action to prevent medical issues.
Preventive care is the cornerstone of health for women. I see the annual exam as not just a Pap smear visit. It is an opportunity to explore physical health as well as sexual and mental health concerns.
A Pap smear and breast exam may certainly be a part of the visit, but I take great care to listen and explore any aspect of a patient’s health that she is interested in discussing at the visit.
Why Undergo Annual Gynecological Exams?
Gynecological exams are a major part of the female reproductive healthcare regimen. They are performed by gynecologists and other qualified medical professionals, and they serve a variety of purposes.
Gynecological exams can help diagnose or rule out conditions like ovarian cysts, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infections, and irregularities in the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. They may also help detect cancerous tumors or other dangerous health issues that could affect your reproductive organs.
The purpose of gynecological exams is to ensure that you’re healthy and well-informed about your body. They allow you to get answers to questions you may have about your health and reproductive system.
By undergoing regular gynecological exams with us, we will be able to identify any potential issues before they become serious problems that require treatment or surgery.
Should I Come in for Annual Gynecological Exams?
Women who have just reached adulthood, including those who have recently had their first period, should come in for annual gynecological exams. Women who are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases should receive regular gynecological exams.
Women experiencing symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles and abdominal pain should not wait for their annual exam. Instead, they should arrange for a gynecological exam as soon as possible.
At the start of your annual gynecological examination, we can catch up on the health aspects of your life within the past year. We will discuss any and all concerns, and I will recommend the best course of action for you.
For your breast exam, we will first discuss whether you have felt or noticed anything abnormal in your breast area, such as suspicious growths or lumps.
I will then conduct a thorough examination of your breasts in order to identify any potential concerns. This will involve moving my fingers in a specific pattern. We will also go over the self-examination process.
If I discover any issues, I will evaluate them and present a diagnosis, and the two of us will go over your available treatment options.
The pelvic exam focuses on reproductive health. The pelvis, uterus, vulva, vagina, rectum, cervix, and ovaries are all checked to ensure optimal health. This examination is painless and very quick, and it may include a Pap smear test.
A pelvic exam assesses organ health and rules out abnormalities. I will examine the vagina, uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes during a pelvic exam. I will also check for lumps or anomalies that could suggest cysts or tumors. Additionally, I will look for any irregular vaginal discharge or uterine hemorrhage.
In addition to the exterior exam, a gloved finger will be inserted into the vagina for an internal exam. During this, the reproductive organs will be examined to detect abnormalities such as cysts or tumors.
A Pap smear is used to detect cervical cancer. Sample cells will be taken from the cervix using a small brush and will then be sent to the laboratory for testing. If abnormal cells are discovered, we will discuss your options together.
Patients under age 30 who have had normal annual Pap smear results will not need an annual Pap test and may instead have one every 3 years.
To learn more about annual gynecological exams (Pap smear, pelvic and breast exams) in Raleigh, come to North Carolina OB/Gyn & Midwifery UNC Health Care. Contact us today to schedule your gynecological examination.