Gynecological services at Stony Brook Women’s Health includes treatment and prevention of disorders, as well as overall health of the female reproductive system. This includes such things as abnormal bleeding, vaginal or bladder infections, breast problems, pelvic pain, irregular periods, vaginal skin disorders, benign and cancerous conditions, infertility and a host of other disorders. In addition to treating problems, gynecologists also provide preventive or “well-woman care.” This includes such topics as contraception, sexual counseling, menopause management, vaccinations, ordering mammography, STD screening, and annual cancer screening, including Pap tests. Our office treats any and all of these conditions. Our receptionists will be happy to schedule an appointment.
What Happens During Your Routine Gyno Visit:
- Breast exam.
- Pap test and pelvic exam.
- Physical Exam.
- History and health habits are documented.
- Lab tests/screening for STDs (at you or your gynecologist’s request).
Part of maintaining your reproductive and sexual health includes routine visits to a gynecologist at least once a year. Most girls schedule their first gynecologist appointment between ages 13 and 15. Early gynecologist appointments will allow you to develop a relationship and become comfortable with your gynecologists which makes it easier to share personal information. If they are sexually active or having issues with their period an appointment with the doctor is important. Gynecologists also help to provide important education.
Routine gynecologist visits have three main goals: 1) record your healthy habits and history, 2) a physical exam, 3) setting health goals. During a general gyno exam we can offer screenings for diseases, preventative services such as shots and education to help make the best decisions regarding your health.
How To Prepare for a Gynecologist Appointment:
Whether it is your 1st or 40th exam, by preparing you will be more relaxed and be able to get the most out of the appointment. In order avoid any interference or inaccurate results we ask you follow these guidelines:
- Avoid using douches, vaginal creams, tampons or having intercourse 48 hours prior to your appointment
- If you are menstruating it is best to reschedule your appointment. A Pap smear can not be performed if you are bleeding or spotting.
- Write down any questions or concerns you may have. This includes unusual pain, discharge, heavy flow or anything you feel may be of importance.
When Should I have a Gyno Exam?
It is recommended your first visit with the gynecologist should be between 13 and 15 years old. For the majority of teens the first visit is just a check up that will include an external examination. An internal examination of the reproductive organs is not necessary until the age of 21, unless there is abnormal bleeding, painful menstruations or other problems relating to reproductive health. Our doctors can help provide accurate information regarding sexual health, and help with any concerns regarding their menstruation.
We recommend you schedule routine visits at least once a year to have a Pap smear and regular check up. Between the ages of 21 and 29 once a year visits are most important.
What is a Pap Test?
The Papanicolaou test, also known as Pap smear, cervical smear or smear test is the method used to detect any precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix, uterus and womb.
What can a Pap Test Detect?
- Abnormal growths in the cervix
- Infections or inflammations of the cervix.