Routine & Yearly Examinations
Take a proactive approach to your health with routine and yearly examinations. The physicians at Rock Hill Gynecological and Obstetrical Associates provide top quality care for women in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC. Although it may be tempting to put off your annual exam, this is the best way to prevent and detect conditions related to your reproductive health.
What to Expect for Your Annual Gynecological Exam
Rock Hill GYN & OB is a welcoming and clean facility that puts our patients first. Here are a few things to keep in mind before having your annual exam.
How Should I Prepare for My Exam?
The most important thing to do before your gynecological exam is research. Women should be prepared to discuss their family medical history and be ready for questions about their menstrual cycle. Some of the most commonly asked questions your provider may ask include:
- When was your last period?
- How long does your period typically last?
- What age did you start your period?
- Are you sexually active?
What Happens During an Annual Exam?
The pelvic exam only lasts a few minutes and the exam itself doesn’t hurt. Most physicians will explain the process before beginning the exam. We want you to feel comfortable and you are encouraged to ask questions throughout the process. The pelvic exam consists of the following steps:
- Your doctor will typically begin the annual exam with a breast exam to check for lumps that may be a sign of cancer.
- Your physician will then check the external genital area for irritations, cysts, or other problems.
- Next, the physician will insert a speculum, which is an instrument that is used to examine the cervix and vaginal walls. During this time, the doctor will also conduct a pap smear to check for cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.
- The last step in the physical exam is for the physician to check the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries by inserting gloved fingers into the vagina and pressing on the abdomen.
Not only does the annual exam ensure that you maintain good gynecological health, but it is also an opportunity for you to catch health problems in the early stages.
Schedule Your Appointment
Prioritize your health today. To schedule an appointment, call 803-681-0384.