Annual Paps & Pelvic Exams
Annual pelvic exams and pap smears are important in monitoring your gynecologic health and screening for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treating any disease and is especially important in detecting cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
Annual exams are recommended for females who are sexually active or over the age of 21. During the exam, your doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. During a pap smear, she will remove some tissue from the cervix to carefully examine it as well. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.