A women’s annual exam, performed by an obstetrics and gynecology specialist, is a general checkup that helps protect your overall health. Depending on your age and medical history, different preventative screenings may be recommended. Your annual exam is a good time to raise questions to your doctor about sexual health, fertility, fitness, nutrition, risk factors for heart disease, or any other aspects of your health.
At Dignity Health Southern California, our doctors focus on women’s health, one woman at a time. You can expect the individualized attention that builds a lasting partnership. Find a Doctor and schedule your annual gynecological exam at a Dignity Health facility in Southern California.
Why We Perform an Annual Gynecological Exam at Dignity Health Southern California
An annual exam takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The recommended screenings you receive during your annual exam can prevent health problems or identify problems early when they are easiest to treat. Guidelines have changed as to how often women should have Pap smears and pelvic exams, but those aren’t the only reasons for an annual exam. Most health insurance plans cover annual exams as a preventative service.
Your annual exam at Dignity Health Southern California may include:
- Screening tests. Your doctor will weigh you and check your blood pressure. Your doctor will perform a clinical breast exam, checking your breasts for lumps. You may be asked a series of questions to screen for depression, substance use issues, and safety concerns. You may need a pelvic exam or Pap test. Most healthy women should have a Pap test every three to five years. Doctors perform pelvic exams as part of a Pap test and when there is a sign of problems in the reproductive tract. Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing is often suggested.
- Immunizations. Your doctor will check your immunization records and offer any necessary vaccinations, including HPV (for women up to age 26).
- Review of medical history. Your doctor will follow up on any previously diagnosed medical issues.
- Family planning. Your doctor will provide you with options to help you achieve your reproductive goals, whether you’re trying to start a family or avoid becoming pregnant. Your doctor can refer you to a reproductive specialist for fertility testing and conception assistance or recommend and prescribe birth control.
To experience trusted women’s health services, schedule your annual exam in Southern California today.
Dignity Health provides trusted preventive care through annual gynecology exams in Southern California.