Pap smears are one of the most common parts of a well-woman exam. Some women need Pap smears only every 3 years or so, while others need to have them yearly if they have special medical concerns. The objective of a Pap smear test is to screen for cervical cancer. This test can identify not only cancerous cells but also pre-cancerous cells, which means that it can help a doctor make a very early diagnosis, The early diagnosis allows for treatment before the cancer actually has the chance to develop.
A yeast infection is caused by a fungus, Candida. Yeast infections cause itching, swelling, and reddening of the vagina and general vaginal area. This type of infection may be diagnosed during a well-woman exam since the doctor will be looking for yeast infection signs during the pelvic exam. Once a yeast infection has been diagnosed, the doctor can prescribe treatment that will quickly alleviate the pain and discomfort of the yeast infection.
Yes, family planning can be one of the most important parts of a women's wellness visit. There are many different choices in birth control today, and the physician will review all of those options with the patient. The Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) is a popular and very effective choice thanks to its 99 percent success rate. It also has the advantage of being easy to maintain, since the patient has to do nothing further once the doctor inserts it. The contraceptive shot is also highly effective, but it must be done every few months. Patients who want to use birth control pills can have great success with them, but they must be careful to use them precisely as directed to get the best 99 plus percent success rate.
At Internal Medicine & Family Practice, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.