Good gynecologic care plays a critical role in women’s health. One of the most important gynecology services our Portland, Oregon patients visit us for is the annual exam. This yearly check-up represents our first line of defense in identifying potential problems in the earliest stages. An annual gynecologic exam is recommended for all women who are sexually active or over the age of 21.
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We recommend that you see us immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:
At Pearl Women’s Center, we understand that you may be fearful about gynecologic exams, particularly if it is your first. Please try not to worry. Our staff is here to help make your experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
During your exam, a practitioner will spend time discussing your medical history, any issues or problems you are experiencing, and you will have ample opportunity to ask questions. Topics often include sexual function, birth control counseling and preventive care, all of which are important when discussing women’s health.
Your physical exam includes a comprehensive breast exam and a pelvic exam. A Pap smear will be taken to screen for cervical cancer. An HPV test may also be performed. HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus, a common, sexually transmitted virus which can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts.
Depending on your sexual history, lab tests for sexually transmitted diseases may also be performed. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may elect to pursue genetic screening for the BRCA gene. Inherited alterations in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes have been linked to an increased risk of developing these cancers.
As we age, our risk of developing certain health concerns increases. Specialized tests can help identify potential problems at their earliest stages when treatment is most effective. Your Pearl Women’s Center practitioner may recommend one or more of the following tests depending on your history: