Well-woman visits, starting later.

Well-woman visits.  A rite of passage.  The pap test.  This test has been rethought as the reason for it is to decrease the risk of cervical cancer and researchers have found that we can wait.  Yes, wait!  The annual visit, women should start having screening pap tests at age 21.  (Sexually active women under the age of 21 can get HPV and then shed the virus before they are 21 so any abnormal paps before age 21 most likely will resolve.)

Annual exams are also to help with preventive medicine: monitoring blood pressure and body mass index, heart rhythm, breast exam and genital exam.  American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has comprehensive recommendations for annual health assessments.  Available at www.acog.org/wellwoman

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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