An annual exam is a yearly checkup with a doctor to address issues related to fertility, sexual health, and overall health. This exam may be performed by a Dignity Health gynecologist, OB/GYN, or primary care doctor. Annual exams include preventative screenings based on health and age.
If it’s time for your annual exam in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health. Our doctors practice a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect. We offer comprehensive screening and diagnostic women’s health services with a streamlined approach at several convenient locations.
Why Do Women Need a Yearly Gynecology Examination?
Annual exams help protect your overall health by finding problems early — when they are easiest to treat — and in some cases preventing them before they start.
Every woman’s health needs are different, but annual exams are a good time to talk with your doctor about issues that commonly affect women, including:
What to Expect During Your Check-Up in the Bay Area
We tailor your annual exam to provide personalized care based on your age and health goals. An annual exam takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Make the most of your time by writing down any questions, concerns, or symptoms you would like to discuss with your doctor. Make a list of any changes to your family medical history and all medications you are currently taking.
During an annual exam, your doctor may discuss or perform:
- Family planning. Health care providers can help with your family planning goals, including prescribing birth control, giving you health tips for getting pregnant, and referring you to reproductive specialists for fertility testing.
- Immunizations. Your doctor will review your past immunization records and offer vaccinations, such as influenza (flu shot) or HPV (for women up to age 26), or booster shots as necessary.
- Screening tests and exams. In addition to checking your weight and blood pressure, your doctor will likely screen you for sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), substance use issues, depression, and other health concerns. A Pap test or pelvic exam may also be performed. According to the latest guidelines, most healthy women should have a Pap test every three to five years. A clinical breast exam can also help detect signs and symptoms of breast cancer, such as a breast lump.
- Your medical history. Your doctor will talk to you about your overall health and follow up on any ongoing medical concerns.
Most health insurance plans cover annual exams as a preventive service. An annual exam at Dignity Health is an excellent investment in your well-being and overall health. Reach out to one of our doctors today. Dignity Health provides women’s health services, including annual exams, in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.