Well-woman visits focus on preventive care for women. As part of your exam, you will be asked questions about your family history, current health, and sexual activity. You can also expect to be asked questions about your menstrual cycle, sexual activity and partners, contraception, STD prevention, pregnancies, illnesses, surgeries, and drug and alcohol use. Although a Pap test may not be recommended annually, all women should have a well woman exam each year.
Young women do NOT need a Pap test until age 21 nor do they typically need a pelvic exam as well (unless she has a complaint). Women under 21 should see a gynecologist before they are considering their first sexual encounter and yearly once she becomes sexually active. Young women can come see their GYN for counseling without the fear of a pelvic exam.
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Which birth control method is best for you? The method that you will use consistently and effectively. Most options are covered under the Affordable Care Act with no co-pay.
Getting tested for STIs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. STIs usually don't show symptoms right away, but if left undetected and untreated, they can lead to serious health conditions such as other life-long STIs and increased risk of cervical cancer and infertility. They may also lead to complications in pregnancy for both mother and baby.
There are no recommendations for routine screening
Gardasil-9 is now recommended for women and men ages 9-45. It contains 7 high risk subtypes of HPV responsible for 97% of cervical cancers as well as 2 low-risk subtypes that cause 90% of genital warts. HPV not only causes cervical cancer but other ano-genital cancers as well as head and neck cancers.
Call your insurance and inquire if covered with CPT code 90651
It is a series of 3 injections (if you are under age 15 then only 2)
Do cancers run in your family? Most cancer is "random" and may be caused by a variety of exposures: bad habits, poor diet, or simply bad luck. There are 8 cancers that may be linked to a gene present in your family: breast, ovarian, uterine, colorectal, gastric, metastatic prostate, pancreatic, melonoma. Ask about at home testing
The Pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), that is intimately transmitted (oral, anal as well as vaginal intercourse). Cervical cancer is the most common cancer caused by HPV.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer type in women and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the US. Guidelines for when to start screening and how often to have a mammogram is based on your age and family history.