The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that females begin having an annual gynecological exam approximately 3 years after 1st sexual intercourse or by the age of 21, whichever comes first.

An annual gynecological exam can include:

  • A breast exam – Self breast exams should be done monthly, 7-10 days after a woman’s menstrual period or if no longer menstruating at the same time each month
  • Pelvic exam – palpate uterus (womb) and ovaries
  • Pap smear – screening test for cervical cancer
  • HPV Typing - testing for human papiloma virus
  • Sexually transmitted disease testing
  • Rectal exam – Fecal occult testing

Depending on your age and history, you may also be referred for:

  • Bone Density testing
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammogram
  • Ultrasound