A woman’s body has its own set of functions and concerns, which is why a specialized women's health care visit is important. From reproductive concerns to menopause, women benefit in numerous ways from an annual gynecological and wellness exam. Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Taggar at Natomas Family Practice in Sacramento, California, helps patients with general women's wellness and with more urgent needs like painful menstrual periods or hormonal imbalances. Call today or book an appointment online to get started.
It can vary by patient, but most women should have a gynecological exam, or a “well woman” exam, once a year. This exam allows Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Taggar to evaluate reproductive health and wellness, and it's an opportunity to monitor ongoing issues or concerns.
During a well woman exam at Natomas Family Practice, the doctor does a breast examination, along with a pelvic exam to check your female reproductive organs. The doctor also discusses your menstrual cycle, your birth control methods, and your sexual health with you. If you need to change birth control methods or get medication for a problem like unusually painful periods, the doctor provides those services.
A gynecological exam may also include tests such as blood tests or a Pap smear, depending on your specific needs and on how long it's been since your last tests.
A Pap smear is a screening for abnormal cells on the cervix. The presence of these cells can be an early indicator of cervical cancer, or of the potential for cervical cancer. This is an important test for nearly all women today.
Women should have their first Pap smear by the time they turn 21. You should have Pap smears on a regular basis until the doctor tells you that you no longer need to have them, usually after age 65-70.
Most women who are in good overall health need to have a Pap smear every three years. Women who are in high-risk groups, including those who are HIV-positive or have a weak immune system, may need to have more frequent Pap smears.
If you’re looking for a caring, compassionate, and gentle physician for gynecology exams, our physicians are ready to help. You can arrange an appointment at your convenience through the online appointment tool, or call the Natomas Family Practice office during regular business hours.