Gynecological Problem Visits
Most women experience gynecologic problems at some point that require extra office visits. At Generations, we are ready to help with the latest medical technology to diagnose and treat your individual concerns. We will provide information and encourage you to participate in the decision making process. Referrals to outside specialists or in office testing such as lab work or ultrasound may be required. We utilize the latest in hi-definition 3-D vaginal and abdominal ultrasonography. Appointments are available daily with one of our 4 nationally accredited ultrasonographers here in our office. Please see our GYN information tab for GYN topics that may be relevant to your concern.
Your Annual Exam
Gynecologic health is a priority at Generations and the physicians will build a plan in partnership with each patient specific to their individual needs. Please call to schedule this important visit. We will carefully review your health, listen any specific concerns you may have, and address them as needed. You will leave the visit with a plan for maintaining and improving your health.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before having your annual exam.
How should I prepare for my exam?
The most important thing to do before your gynecological exam is to review your dates! You should be prepared to discuss your family medical history and be ready for questions about your menstrual cycle. Some of the most commonly asked questions your provider may ask include:
- When was your last period?
- How long does your period typically last?
- What age did you start your period?
- Are you sexually active?
What should I expect during my annual exam?
The female preventive exam only lasts a few minutes and the exam itself shouldn’t hurt. Most physicians will explain the process before beginning the exam, and asking questions throughout the process is encouraged. The pelvic exam consists of the following steps:
- Your doctor will typically include in the annual exam a breast exam to check for lumps.
- Your physician will exam the pelvis by checking the external genital area for irritations, cysts or other problems.
- Next, the physician will insert a speculum, which is an instrument that is used to examine the cervix and vaginal walls. During this time, the doctor will often conduct a pap smear to check for cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.
- The last step in the physical exam is for the physician to check the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries by inserting gloved fingers into the vagina and pressing on the abdomen.
Not only does the annual female preventive exam ensure that you maintain good gynecological health, but it is also an opportunity for you to catch many health problems in their early stages.