Annual Exams

OBGYN Westside, PLLC

OBGYNs located on the Upper West Side, New York, NY

Your annual exam is a valuable opportunity to check in on your health and get specialized advice on how to optimize your overall and reproductive health through both preventive measures as well as treatment. The expert gynecologists at OBGYN Westside, PLLC, on the Upper West Side of New York City, realize that overall wellness is intricately linked with a woman’s gynecological health, and so offer exams with a holistic approach to health for women of all ages. If you’re due for your yearly exam, call OBGYN Westside or make an appointment online today.

Annual Exams Q & A

What happens during an annual exam?

You might associate your annual exam with a Pap test, but at OBGYN Westside, the compassionate gynecologists will address your overall health and provide advice and treatments to enhance your overall wellness. 

After a member of the clinical staff checks your blood pressure, weight, and height, you will meet with your gynecologist and talk about your health and lifestyle. Make sure to share any physical, mental, or emotional changes that you’ve noticed since your last visit. 

Your gynecologist will perform a pelvic exam and a breast exam. If you’re due for a Pap test, she will also provide that essential health screening. If you have a low-to-average risk of cervical cancer, you may not need a Pap test every year. 

For example, you may only need to have a test every three years until the age of 30, and between the ages of 30-65, you might only need a Pap smear every five years. Talk to your doctor about your health history. You will receive personalized advice on what is recommended for you.

During your annual exam, you can talk to your gynecologist about your contraception needs, changes in your menstrual cycle, fertility, menopause, and more. The doctors at OBGYN Westside take the time to listen to you and help you lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

Why do I need an annual exam?

Your annual exam is to make sure you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and also minimizing your health risks. Your OBGYN will take the time to review diet, exercise, sleep as well as other factors contributing to your well-being.   

Many health conditions — from high blood pressure to cervical cancer — don’t cause any noticeable symptoms until your health is at risk. The team will also make sure you are getting the age appropriate health screenings you need to identify these problems in their early stages and get the treatment you need to protect and restore your health. 

When should young women begin to have annual gynecological exams?

Young women may begin to see a gynecologist between the ages of 13-15. While you don’t need to start having pelvic exams and Pap smears until you become sexually active or turn 21, you can begin to develop a relationship with your doctor. 

If you’re due for an annual exam, call OBGYN Westside or schedule an appointment online today.