Learn what to expect at your annual visit.
By Toni Gasparis
Women know that they have to go to a gynecologist for their health. But many women don’t know what to expect or what they should be aware of every time they go. A woman’s body constantly changes as she ages so what was focused on in her visit at age 25 is not the same at age 55. OB/GYN and Director of Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Leah Millheiser breaks down women’s health and explains what you can expect from your annual visit at every life stage.
Whether a woman is sexually active or not, age 21 is generally when a woman should have her first pap smear. At this stage, appointments should become annual if they have not already and should contain a test for both gonorrhea and chlamydia. Women should not be afraid to discuss their sexual history and sexual health with their gynecologist because that is the person best suited to help them out and answer any questions. If a woman is experiencing pain, abnormal periods, or any adverse symptoms in relation to the vaginal area, she should tell her gynecologist during her annual visit.