In a standard gynecology exam, often known as a well-woman exam, a patient's overall health and wellness are evaluated by the gynecologist at New York Medicine Doctors. An exam usually includes the:
During a well-woman exam, the patient will discuss a number of things with the gynecologist, including:
Regular gynecologic exams are very important because they allow doctor and patient to monitor changes and prevent emerging issues. At New York Medicine Doctors, urologist Dr. David Shusterman coordinates with the staff gynecologist to monitor and treat issues affecting both the female reproductive system and the urinary system.
Pap smears are needed on a regular basis, but the frequency varies by patient age. Pap smears should start by the age of 21 and should be performed at least every three years for women ages 21-65. For women who have health issues, especially issues impacting the female reproductive system, more frequent pap smears may be recommended. A pap smear can be performed as part of a well-woman check-up if needed.
There are several gynecology issues that are quite common today. Fibroids are reproductive system tumors that are made up of muscle cells and tissue. They can be tiny or huge, and they are found in most women at some point. Fibroids may not cause any problems, but in some cases, they cause pain. They can be treated with medication or surgery.
Endometriosis is another common condition for women in their reproductive years. In this condition, the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus and causes problems like pain, heavy bleeding, and even infertility. Endometriosis can be treated with medication, hormones, or minimally invasive surgical procedures. PMS is another common problem for women today, one which causes both physical and emotional struggles just prior to menstruation. There are lifestyle changes and medications that can help patients deal with PMS effectively.
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