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A routine gynecologic (gyn) exam, sometimes called a “well woman exam” or “annual exam” assesses general health with a focus on the breasts and pelvic reproductive organs (uterus and ovaries). You will be asked questions about your past and current health history and have a physical exam.
If you are under 21 with no symptoms that might be related to the uterus or ovaries, the exam would be conducted “from the waist up” and does not need to include a pelvic exam. Many people come for their first gyn exam when they are thinking about starting a birth control method other than condoms.
The annual exam is also an opportunity to ask questions about a variety of other health concerns. You may have questions about your periods, your body, your sex life, birth control, etc. All questions are welcome and your information is completely confidential.
The exam includes:
A pelvic examination includes:
A pelvic exam is done to:
For more information see: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-info/womens-health/pelvic-exam
The Pap test is a screening test for signs of cervical cancer, or abnormal cells that have the potential to turn into cancer in the future.
The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology recommends the first Pap test at age 21.
Besides routine checkups, you should have a pelvic exam if you have any of the following symptoms:
The gyn exam is covered by the Student Health Fee. There is a charge for tests sent to an outside laboratory (Pap test, some STI tests). You may opt to be billed directly or have the bill sent to your insurance company. Please bring your insurance card with you to your visit.