Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the gynecologist?

Most women should visit once a year for a routine pap smear. However, you may need to visit more often if you are sexually active, at risk of disease, or pregnant. We can provide you with more exact information on what to expect during your appointment.

At what age should my daughter begin visiting the gynecologist?

We are proud to serve female patients from their teenage through adult years. In most cases, girls should begin visiting between the ages of 13 and 15—or younger, if they start menstruating earlier than 13. Although the first visit may not include a pelvic exam, it will include information on what to expect based on medical and sexual history.

How soon should I begin seeking obstetric treatment?

It is best to seek obstetric treatment as soon as you suspect that you are pregnant. The care we provide will continue to change as your needs change. We will provide complete prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum care to ensure that you and your baby have the medical services you need every step of the way.

Are pelvic exams painful?

No. Although some women feel a bit of discomfort during their exam, a routine pap smear is not painful.

What do you test for in exams?

During your routine pap testing, we will test for HPV, HIV, STDs, and cervical cancer. We will also examine your breasts, vulva, vagina, cervix, and reproductive organs.

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