Routine Gynecologic Care

Routine Gynecologic Care can be performed by the patient's Family Physician or Obstetrician/Gynecologist. The following examinations should be performed:

  • Blood pressure - Annually
  • Cholesterol - Every 5 years beginning at age 19
  • Clinical breast exam - Annually beginning at age 19. Women are encouraged to perform monthly self breast exams.
  • Fecal occult blood test - Annually starting at age 50
  • Mammography - Every 1 to 2 years for women age 40 to 50 and annually for women over 50 years of age
  • Pap test - All women who are or have been sexually active or who have reached age 18 should have a Pap test and pelvic examination. After a woman has had three or more consecutive, satisfactory exams with normal findings, the Pap test may be performed less frequently in a low-risk woman at the discretion of her physician. More frequent Pap tests may be required for a woman with high-risk factors (including multiple sex partnes, STDs, alcohol or drug abuse, history of cervical, vaginal or vulvar cancer).
  • Pelvic exam - annually when sexually active or by age 18.