A healthy reproductive system is essential to a woman’s overall health and wellness. As part of their comprehensive family medicine practice, the team at Genesis Natural Medicine Center in Tucson, Arizona, offers gynecological services for women’s health. From preventing infections to treating women’s health concerns, including pelvic pain and infertility, women of all ages trust the expert health care team at Genesis Natural Medicine Center. To schedule a women’s health exam, contact the office by phone or request the next available appointment online.
During your annual women’s health exam, your doctor focuses on preventing illness, early detection of problems, and educating you about your reproductive health. Depending on your age and health concerns, your exam may include:
Your women’s health exam is a good time to ask your doctor about any health concerns you may have, and discuss family planning and infertility, or any issues related to your period, menopause, and general wellness.
Typically, you should have your first women’s health exam between the ages of 13-15. Unless you’re sexually active, a pelvic exam usually isn’t part of this first gynecology visit. Rather, the exam focuses on female reproductive system education, discussing period concerns or any pelvic pain and symptoms you may have.
Even if you’re not having any problems, it’s still a good idea to schedule your first women’s health exam so you can get to know your doctor and feel comfortable talking about issues as they arise down the road. If you are sexually active, you may also discuss preventing pregnancy and STDs at your women’s health exam.
How often you need a Pap test depends on your age and your health history. For most women, you begin having Pap smears after you turn 21. Pap smears test for early signs of cervical cancer.
In general, if you’re in good overall health, you should have a Pap test every three years between the ages of 21 and 65. However, certain risk factors, such as a weak immune system, the detection of precancerous cells, and other pelvic infections, may warrant more frequent Pap tests.
If you’re 30 or older, you may consider getting a Pap test every five years if you combine the test with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Your doctor advises you regarding the best way to handle these tests based on your individual reproductive health concerns. After age 65, if your test results have been normal, you can typically stop getting Pap tests.
To schedule a women’s health exam with the caring doctors at Genesis Natural Medicine Center, call the office or book an appointment online.