The Importance of Annual Exams
May 17, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Annual Exams  

All women, no matter how healthy, should come in once a year for an OBGYN checkup.annual exams

While most women don’t relish a trip to see their Denver, CO, OBGYNs, this annual visit is an important part of maintaining good health. These visits can not only detect issues that you may not have even realized you had, but it’s also a great time to chat about your health, birth control options and have any of your questions or concerns answered.

What happens during an annual woman’s exam?

Whether you’ve never had an annual exam before or you haven’t visited our Denver gynecologist in a while, you may be wondering what these checkups entail and why they are so crucial. When you come in once a year you can expect:

  • A breast examination
  • A physical exam
  • A pelvic exam
  • A pap smear
  • Updates to your medical history
  • Updates to your medications
  • Providing new prescriptions or refilling a current prescription
  • Screening for other conditions (STDs)

Coming into our office, you’ll always receive comprehensive and tailored medical care. While you should be performing a breast exam on yourself once a month, this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on coming in once a year. We can detect issues that you may have missed.

Of course, there have been some changes made to how often women need to get pap smears, a test that checks for cervical cancer. As a result, women may think that they don’t need to come in once a year for a checkup, but this is far from accurate. Here are just some of the benefits of coming in each year:

STD Screening: You may not always experience symptoms of an STD but some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility, pelvic pain, and other issues.

Getting Contraception: Most women are interested in some form of contraception, whether it’s in the form of a pill, patch, an injection or an IUD. From hormonal to non-hormonal options, we provide it all so that you can get the contraception that will fit your own personal needs.

Discussing Personal Issues: Whether you’re dealing with sexual dysfunction or domestic violence, our gynecologists are equipped to handle all of your personal and medical concerns and to provide individualized and understanding care during more challenging or difficult times.

Detecting Cancer: Pre-cancer and early stages of cancer don’t often show symptoms. Once symptoms appear, cancer may be pretty advanced. By coming in once a year we can perform the pelvic exam necessary to check for any suspicious growths or other signs of cancer.

If it’s time to schedule your annual checkup, then turn to the compassionate and gentle team at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO. We are here to ensure that your next visit is a comfortable and easy one for you. Call us today.