What you should expect at your yearly exam.
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Midwives do so much more than care for women in their pregnancies. We care for women of all ages, all female related issues. Most commonly our patients see us for their annual gynecological exams. We recommend you seeing us every year for your physical.
At this appointment we can refill your prescriptions, order lab work and/or standard screenings, and address your questions or concerns. We will be updating your health histories, including your past medical, social, and family histories. This is important for us because it adds puzzle pieces to the complete picture. We will ask you about your menstrual cycles, sexual activity, birth control, etc.
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Along with your regular physical assessment, you can expect a breast and pelvic exam, even if you don't need a pap smear. A thorough clinical exam every year is good way to monitor your anatomy for any abnormalities.
The. Pap. Smear.
Its probably the first thing every woman thinks of when she thinks about her yearly appointment.
National guidelines have changed over the past few years. It used to be standard to have a pap smear every year. Now screening starts at age 21, whether sexually active or not. Newest recommendations are every three years in your twenties and every five years after thirty, as long as your previous paps were normal.
So even if you don’t need to have a pap smear this year we still recommend being seen every year.
(Watch for a post later on the blog with more information about pap smears.)
The entire visit should take no longer than 10-20 minutes, depending on if you have any concerns or questions. So now that you know its not too scary, go call your provider today to schedule your annual exam!