For all women, annual wellness checks with your gynecologist are important. These visits help prevent unnecessary illness, find problems early, and can help women navigate through the many changes of life.
A part of the annual health check includes screenings such as a breast exam and a PAP smear. Establishing a strong relationship with a gynecologist allows your doctor to get to know you well. When life changes, whether due to a desire to start a family or as a woman ages with needs for more screenings or help managing menopause, a relationship with your physician helps you feel more comfortable.
While there are many health topics your doctor will cover, here are a few that are often discussed:
Cervical cancer involves a tumor of the lower most part of the uterus (womb) that can be prevented with routine cervical cancer screenings (PAP smears).
Learn more from Dr. Arthur Jones, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center:
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
It is estimated that by age 50,nearly 80 percent of all women will have been infected by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). With nearly 40 known HPV strains, HPV strains are categorized as either low risk or high risk. High risk HPV can lead to precancerous lesions or cancer. Screening for HPV is an important part of your well check with your gynecologist. For women age 9 to 26 years of age, a vaccine for the most common strains of HPV is available.
Learn more about HPV from Dr. Ian Baxter, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center:
A hysterectomy involves removing a women’s uterus. A woman may need to have a hysterectomy for a number of reasons including abnormal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, or cancer. A woman may need an abdominal hysterectomy or a vaginal hysterectomy. Most often, a hysterectomy is performed using laparoscopic surgery.
Learn more about hysterectomies from Dr. Joaquin Cabrera, Gynecologist at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center: