Annual Exams

Annual Exams are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your clinician at About Women OB-GYN will tailor the specifics of your annual exam to your current life stage and your medical history and needs, but a typical annual exam consists of a pelvic exam, Pap exam, and breast exam.

If you are over age 40, we will also perform a screening for colon cancer. Depending on age, we may also evaluate the need for mammography and bone density studies. As appropriate, your clinician will also discuss options for contraception or hormone therapy, and answer any other questions or concerns you may have.

Annual exams should be booked three months in advance to ensure that you are seen within 30 days of the anniversary of your previous annual exam. Most insurance providers allow you to have one annual exam per calendar year. If you inquire when scheduling your exam, we will confirm that your insurance requirements are being met.

Important Note on Pap Exams and Annual Pelvic and Breast Exams

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued new guidelines on Pap exams. As a result of these guidelines, which recommend pap exams every three years for most women ages 21 to 65 years, some insurers no longer cover an annual pap exam. It is important to note that this does not mean that you do not need an annual pelvic and breast exam. We encourage all patients to schedule an annual exam even if their insurance does not cover an annual Pap exam.

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