Annual Exam

Georgia Center for Women

Obstetrics & Gynecology & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA & Emory Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Maintenance of your reproductive health hinges on a regular annual well-woman exam. Seek out this essential, yearly visit at Georgia Center for Women. If you’re due for a Pap smear, breast exam, and general health check, call the Atlanta, Emory, or Morrow, Georgia, location or book an appointment using the online tool. 

Annual Exam Q & A

What is an annual exam?

An annual health exam for a woman, sometimes called a well-woman exam, involves a pelvic exam, Pap smear, and a general physical exam – including a breast exam. The appointment also gives the office of Georgia Center for Women the ability to update your work and life situation as well as your family and health history.

An annual exam is also preventive. The doctors can identify possible irregularities, such as the presence of uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts, before they become symptomatic. As you reach your 40s, the team at Georgia Center for Women refer you to get a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.

When should a woman begin having annual exams?

A girl aged 13-15 benefits from visiting the doctors at Georgia Center for Women to establish a relationship and ask questions about irregular periods, sexuality, and other health concerns. Girls of this age may undergo a physical exam but usually do not undergo a pelvic exam.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. This essential test doesn’t confirm whether or not you have cancer, but it can identify the presence of irregular cells that warrant further evaluation. You should have your first Pap smear by the age of 21 and then get on a regular schedule.

What is discussed at an annual exam?

The doctors at Georgia Center for Women review your overall health history and ask about any possible changes. You may also discuss your menstrual cycle and any irregularities. If you’re approaching menopause, you may discuss symptoms, or if you’re of reproductive age, you may discuss family planning and birth control.

Women who are sexually active can bring up the issue of sexually transmitted infections and request testing. Testing is a good idea if you have multiple partners or have a partner who does.

If you have unusual symptoms, such as pelvic pain or irregular vaginal discharge, the doctors may order additional blood or screening tests.

If you’re due for an annual pelvic exam, make an appointment at Georgia Center for Women. Call the office nearest you or book using the online tool.