What to Know about a Gynecology Exam

If you’re scheduling your first gynecology visit and are curious what a gynecologist is, you aren’t alone. Many women have questions when it comes to seeing a gynecologist and when they should schedule an appointment. Gynecology Exam

What Does a Gynecologist Do?

A gynecologist is a medical doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health, including the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, vagina and vulva. Your doctor can detect problems before they arise and answer any questions you have about your reproductive health. Gynecologists often treat conditions or problems about menstruation, contraception, sexual health, and menopause. Most gynecologists also specialize in obstetrics, including pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

When Should I Start Seeing a Gynecologist?

If you are over the age of 21, are sexually active, or have a concern you’d like to discuss with your doctor, you should schedule a gynecology exam at our Boca Raton or Boynton Beach offices. Having problems with your period, needing your annual pelvic exam, or having questions about birth control are common reasons women schedule an appointment with their gynecologist.

What Happens During an Examination?

During gynecology exams, there are a few tests that are typically done. It is recommended that women have an annual pelvic exam, breast exam, and a pap test.

  • Pelvic Exam. A pelvic exam is when the gynecologist examines the outside of your genitals, in addition to looking inside or examining the vagina, ovaries, and/or uterus.
  • Pap Test. A pap smear, or pap test, checks the cervix for abnormal cells which can signal conditions like cervical cancer. Your gynecologist will take a few cells from your cervix to test. A pap test should be done at least every 3 years after the age of 21 or after becoming sexually active.
  • Breast Exam. A clinical breast exam will also be done to check for any abnormalities, like a lump, to detect breast cancer.

Questions for your Gynecologist

During your gynecology visit, it’s also a good time to ask any questions or bring up problems you are experiencing. If you have missed your period, are having painful or heavy periods, or are experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge, you should bring this up during your appointment.

Call us to schedule your first appointment with a gynecologist at Women’s Health Partners in the Boca Raton area.


Sources: http://www.girlshealth.gov/body/health_help/gynecologist.html http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/pap-test.pdf

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We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

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