Annual Gynecology Exams in Silver Spring and Rockville, MD
Comprehensive care for women in every phase of life
At Capital Women’s Care, our highly-trained gynecologists offer annual gynecology exams. We are dedicated to providing our patients throughout the Silver Spring, Rockville, and Gaithersburg area with high-quality, individualized care with compassion and respect.
An important part of staying healthy is to have regular gynecological exams beginning at age 21, or within three years of becoming sexually active.
Preventive care includes:
- Discussion of health topics based on your age and risk factors
- Exams and screening tests
The board-certified OBGYNs at Capital Women’s Care are dedicated to providing the highest quality gynecologic care to women throughout Silver Spring and Rockville. During your annual exam, our OBGYNs will be sure to address your health concerns and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your annual exam, call (301) 681-9101 to request an appointment at our OBGYN office in Silver Spring or Rockville.
What You Can Expect During Your Yearly Gynecology Exams
Beyond the routine assessments of your height, weight, and blood pressure, your gynecologist will discuss your overall well-being, menstrual cycle, and sexual activity. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about symptoms you are experiencing or other health needs that may need to be addressed. During the examination, your gynecologist will perform the following assessments and diagnostic tests. In the event that your physician is male, rest assured that a female nurse will be present in the room throughout the examination, ensuring your utmost comfort and privacy.
During your breast examination, your gynecologist will carefully assess your breasts for any possible issues, like lumps or abnormalities. This examination involves gentle movements of their fingers across your breasts in a specific pattern. Additionally, your gynecologist may provide guidance on how to perform monthly self-examinations, empowering you to monitor your breast health between visits. These proactive measures ensure early detection of any concerns and contribute to your overall well-being.
During your pelvic exam, your gynecologist will examine your vagina, cervix and reproductive organs. Once you place your feet against footrests at the end of the examining table and slide forward, your gynecologist will then insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina to gently spread the walls apart to examine the area. Your gynecologist then places one or two gloved, lubricated fingers into your vagina and the other hand presses on your abdomen from the outside to check the size, position, and shape of your internal pelvic organs. The pelvic exam may feel a bit uncomfortable, but should not hurt.
A Pap smear is a crucial test that screens for any abnormal cells in the cervix that could potentially develop into cancer. During the procedure, your gynecologist will gently insert a small cotton-tipped swab through the vagina and into the cervix to collect cell samples. These samples will then be sent to a laboratory for examination, ensuring any potential abnormalities are identified. The Pap smear itself is a painless procedure, ensuring your comfort throughout. This simple test plays a vital role in early detection and prevention, safeguarding your cervical health.
Regular Well-Woman Visits
Caring for Your Health at Every Life Stage
Attending regular well-woman visits is vital for maintaining your overall health and well-being throughout every stage of life. These visits provide an opportunity to address any concerns, receive essential preventive care, and establish a strong foundation for a healthy future. Regardless of your age or medical background, well-woman visits offer a comprehensive approach to your unique needs. They focus on various aspects of your health, including reproductive health, family planning, and overall wellness. By establishing a trusting relationship with your healthcare provider, you can receive personalized guidance, screenings, and vaccinations tailored to your specific circumstances.
These visits empower you to take an active role in managing your health, promoting early detection of potential issues, and ensuring timely intervention when necessary. Remember, prioritizing your well-woman visits is an investment in your long-term health and a proactive step towards a vibrant and fulfilling life.
At 20 Years old
You should have your first pap test if you haven’t already and have a sexually transmitted infection screening if necessary.
At 30 Years old
Be sure to talk with your obgyn if you are planning on getting pregnant. Continue to get an annual well-woman visit during your 30s.
At 40 Years old
Decide with your obgyn when you should have a mammogram, especially if you have certain risk factors. If you’re having perimenopause symptoms, there may be ways to manage these symptoms.
At 50 Years old
During your 50’s, we will recommend colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. We will also discuss issues regarding menopause.
After 50 Years old
After 50, we will continue preventative exams assessing screening for breast cancer, colon cancer, and osteoporosis. We will also continue to address any postmenopausal issues.
Request an Annual Exam Appointment
The board-certified OBGYNs at Capital Women’s Care have extensive experience proving routine gynecologic care. During your annual exam, your gynecologist will take the time to address any health concerns you may have. Call (301) 681-9101 to schedule an appointment at our OBGYN office in Silver Spring or Rockville today!