Annual Exam

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends visiting a gynecologist at least once a year for an annual checkup.

This will include:
 

  • Screening, evaluation and advice

  • Immunizations based on age and risk factors

  • A physical examination, which will include measuring standard vital signs, body mass index, palpating the abdomen and inguinal lymph nodes, and assessing overall health.

  • A pelvic examination and a breast examination, as appropriate for the patient’s age.
     

You may have to give a blood or urine sample for a screening test.

Other yearly health assessments can include mammography, colonoscopy, blood pressure monitoring, immunizations, and advice about calcium and folic acid intake.