Yearly pelvic exams and Pap smears are important in monitoring your gynecology health and screening for infections or abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treatment of any disease.
Annual gynecology exams are recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18. During the exam, the doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. When a woman reaches 21 years of age, it is time to start having a yearly Pap smear. Dr. Mahller will painlessly remove some cells from the cervix to send to the pathologist for analysis. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.