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 80 and beyond

Women who are 80 and older are still evaluated at the gynecologist for breast exams and pelvic exams. If a woman does not have a history of cervical abnormalities, is not sexually active, and is generally healthy she can choose to only go to a primary care doctor instead of a gynecologist too as long as the appointments are still made on a yearly basis.

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