What to Expect from a Gynecologist Visit (at Every Age and Stage)

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.


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Age 65-79

If cancer screenings for five consecutive years have come back as normal, gynecologists may decide to stop them on a yearly basis. This, however, does not mean that a woman can stop making annual gynecologist appointments. It is important to continue to visit the gynecologist for a checkup and to talk about issues that commonly occur during this stage of life such as vaginal bleeding, issues with being sexually active, incontinence issues, no sex resulting in partner dysfunction, bone health, cancer screenings, breast exams, and pelvic exams.

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