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woman annual exam smYour annual visit to the gynecologist is about more than a Pap test. It’s an opportunity to help you and your doctor understand your health at every stage of your life.

For women of childbearing age, the annual visit is when you can learn about all the options for birth control and find out if the method you’re using now is the best choice for you. Visiting your OB/GYN every year means you’ll beon the forefront of the latest innovations. It’s also when you can be screened for sexually transmitted diseases that could lead to chronic pelvic pain or even sterility if left untreated.

The pelvic exam that’s part of your annual visit can help your doctor detect diseases such as vaginal and ovarian cancer that have few obvious symptoms in their early stages. An annual breast exam can uncover signs of cancer that may not be detected by a breast self-exam, and earlier detection increases your chances for survival.

An annual visit can help your doctor track your bone health throughout your life. Osteoporosis is a leading cause of disability for women in their senior years. Your doctor also has immunizations that can protect you from meningitis, pneumonia or shingles.

Seeing your gynecologist every year also offers an opportunity to get your health questions answered by an expert. That’s important because people often depend on information from websites and social media that may not be accurate. You can also share any personal information in a confidential and caring environment.

On top of all the medical reasons to see your gynecologist every year, an annual exam lets you and your doctor get to know each other better. Developing a good relationship through the years can make you feel more comfortable working together when an issue arises or you need treatment. And if you plan to have a child, you’ll have more peace of mind knowing you and your baby are in good hands during your pregnancy.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax