During your annual OB/GYN exam, there are a few things a care provider may typically do:

  • Examine your external pelvic region
  • Conduct an internal inspection of your reproductive organs
  • Swab for a Pap test
  • Conduct a breast exam

What is a Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is a test that screens for cervical cancer. During your gynecological exam, the provider will quickly swab the cervix and send the cells to a lab to check for pre-cancerous growth.

Your First Well-Woman Exam

It’s a good idea to have your first well-woman visit around ages 13 to 15. The initial well-woman visit gives you the opportunity to get to know your provider and ask any questions that you may have. At this visit, the doctor or midwife will likely perform a general exam, a visual and physical breast exam, external pelvic examination and other examinations as deemed necessary by your medical history. If you’ve passed your teenage years, go ahead and schedule your appointment.

For more information about your annual OB/GYN exam, visit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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