An annual well-woman exam is all about prevention, planning and promoting a trusting patient-doctor partnership. Whether you are in need of healthy or problematic care, Dr. Oster can help. By discussing symptoms, conducting a physical examination and performing age-appropriate screenings, an annual gynecological visit enables Dr. Oster to identify risk factors and health issues at their earliest, most treatable stage. It's also an opportunity for you to ask her questions about your health, including topics such as:
Some tests and screenings differ depending on your age and individual risk factors. However, during a well-woman exam, most women have their weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol measured. Also, a breast exam is performed to check for potential signs of breast cancer. A pelvic exam, Pap smear, and screening for human papillomavirus (HPV) are conducted for women over age 21. Depending on your age and medical history, Dr. Oster may order a mammogram and/or bone density test.
A Pap smear or Pap test is an essential screening used to detect abnormal cell changes in your cervix that could lead to cancer. A Pap smear may cause some slight discomfort but isn’t painful and only takes a few minutes.
During a Pap smear, Dr. Oster inserts an instrument called a speculum into your vagina to separate the vaginal walls and access your cervix. Then, using a tiny spatula or brush, she gently collects cells from your cervix. Next, the cells are sent to a lab for testing.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, it doesn’t automatically mean you have cancer. The next step is follow-up testing. In some cases, a Pap smear is combined with a test for HPV.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that adolescents have a gynecological appointment between ages 13-15. For most teens, this is an educational visit and doesn't involve a pelvic exam or Pap smear. However, those who aren’t already vaccinated against HPV should begin the three-part HPV immunization at this time.
Adolescents who are sexually active should also be screened for STDs. Starting at age 21, women should have a pelvic exam and Pap smear annually.
Heidi J. Oster accepts most major insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just a few of the plans she accepts. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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