In most cases, doctors recommend that patients have well woman visits once a year. These visits are an opportunity for women to check in with their OB/GYN on any health or lifestyle changes, and continue to build on a trusting relationship with the doctor. An annual visit to Dr. Branning’s office also allows the doctor to check for any underlying health conditions or disease that may otherwise go undetected. Staying up to date on well woman visits will ensure optimal, ongoing health for each woman, through all stages of life. For people who are at risk for serious health conditions or for people who are already dealing with major health issues, these visits may need to be more frequent.
A pap smear is sometimes part of a well-woman visit, but not always. Pap smears should be done for virtually all women, but the intervals for the test vary. Women who are dealing with serious illnesses, for example, women who are HIV positive, will need pap smear tests more often. Women who suffer from immune system issues may also need more frequent pap smears.
Gynecology visits can be tailored to the patient's individual needs. Healthy women may simply need a basic check-up and counseling on family planning. The doctor can also help with excessive bleeding during periods, erratic periods, painful periods, infertility treatment, menopause treatment, and urinary incontinence. The OB-GYN can perform all necessary tests and evaluations needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment can involve oral medication, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery with the da Vinci system, and many other treatment options. The ultimate goal is to meet all of the needs that a woman has in terms of her reproductive health, so the gynecologist will be there at all stages of life, from adolescence through the senior years.
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