Annual Exam Specialist

Arbor OB/GYN

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Atlanta, GA

An annual well-woman exam is the best way to stay proactive about your health and catch any abnormalities as early as possible. The doctors at Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology recommend annual exams. At the annual exam, you will discuss important health behaviors, routine health screenings, and recommended vaccines. for women in the Atlanta area Call the office to set up your appointment or use the online scheduler to book now.

Annual Exam Q & A

Why do I need an annual well-woman exam?

An annual exam is the best way to safeguard your gynecological health. A comprehensive exam gives your doctor at Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology important information about your reproductive and physical health and wellness.

If a problem is developing, an annual exam is designed to catch it early. Commonly diagnosed conditions that your doctor helps identify and treat are yeast infections, a heavy menstrual cycle, ovarian cysts, sexually transmitted diseases, PMS, and pelvic pain,

What can I expect during an annual exam?

Your annual exam begins with a thorough look at your health history, genetics, and reproductive goals. You and your doctor discuss any risk factors you have for possible diseases like breast, ovarian, or cervical cancer.

The exam includes a check of your height, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate. After that, you’ll recline on the table for a pelvic exam and Pap smear.

Topics that are often covered during annual exams are:

  • Menstrual cycle concerns
  • Vaccinations
  • STDs
  • Cancer screenings
  • Reproductive health screenings
  • Nutritional advice
  • Sexual problems and questions

You’ll also receive a breast exam and learn how to do a self-check of your breasts each month. At the end of your annual exam, the doctors at Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology may provide a referral to breast care specialists for your yearly mammogram.

What is a Pap smear?

A Papanicolaou, or Pap, test checks for precancerous and cancerous cells on your cervix. During your pelvic exam, you recline and put your feet up in stirrups. Your doctor uses a speculum to open your vagina and a soft swab to gather a sample of cells from your cervix, which are evaluated in a lab. Detecting a problem early usually makes it easier to treat so it won’t progress.

What happens if a problem is discovered?

If one of the experienced doctors at Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology discovers a health problem during your routine annual exam, she’ll likely suggest some additional tests to confirm or rule out certain conditions. If a problem is detected that requires specialty care, you’ll be referred to a doctor that Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology knows and trusts.

To get started with your annual exam, call the office at Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology or use the online scheduler to book now.

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