Annual OB/GYN visits are essential to detect and treat any ongoing health problems in addition to preventing future ones from developing.
A woman’s first reproductive health visit is recommended to be between the ages of 13 and 15. Annual breast and abdominal exams should begin at 19, annual pelvic exams and Pap test at 21. Those who are 30 and over should still have an annual exam, and a Pap test every 2 years. Annual testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is recommended for all sexually active adolescents up to the age of 25, as well as HIV testing for women between 19-64.
Exams generally include:
Assessing your current health status with regard to:
body mass index
Based on the individual the exam can include information on different vaccinations needed.
This is the opportunity for women whom are experiencing any abnormalities or menopausal symptoms to speak to their doctor about what the next necessary procedures are.