The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends a yearly gynecological exam. The following reasons highlight why:

1) A pelvic exam. Although a yearly pelvic exam is no longer a given, the ACOG states that “there are many women who are likely to benefit from a [regular] pelvic exam”. These include women with menstrual disorders, infertility or pelvic pain. 

2) A Pap test. A Pap test is used to screen for cervical cancer. The Office on Women’s Health recommends a Pap smear for women ages 21-64 every 3 years. Some people, however, may need more frequent Pap tests. These include women who have a weakened immune system,  women who had treatment for cervical cancer, and those that are HIV-positive. 

3) Prevent and treat other forms of cancer. While the rate of cervical cancer decreases after age 55, the frequency of other cancers increases with age. Some examples are uterine and ovarian cancer. Early detection of cancer is crucial for positive outcomes. A yearly exam makes detection much more likely. 

4) A clinical breast exam. It is comforting to have an expert conduct a breast exam and prompt you to schedule a mammogram, if needed.

5) General preventative care. It is a privilege to have a doctor that specializes in women’s bodies. Receiving expert advice about your health should never be underestimated.  Take care of your body and schedule an exam today.   

If you are looking for a caring gynecologist look no further! Contact Antheia Gynecology today 609.448.7800 or you can learn more about our office here.

Source:
https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/Statements/2016/ACOG-Statement-on-USPSTF-Draft-Recommendations-on-Pelvic-Exams
https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/womens-health/2016/august/nine-reasons-to-visit-your-obgyn-annually
https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/pap-test