Annual exams are an important part of protecting patient health and monitoring for disease, infection, or inflammation. We encourage our patients to schedule an annual exam each year to screen for cervical cancer, HPV, and other life-threatening diseases.
The Infinity Medical Group recommends that patients who are sexually active and patients over the age of 21 have an annual exam. The exam consists of an intake of your vital measurements, as well as a pelvic exam and a breast exam. The exam also includes a Pap smear, in which the cervix is swabbed and the sample is tested for abnormalities. Many diseases and conditions that affect women’s health have no symptoms, so the Pap smear test plays a critical role identifying reproductive health issues for many patients.
Aside from a physical exam and Pap smear test, your annual exam will consist of a review of your total health history, an opportunity to discuss your health concerns and needs for contraception, and health counseling regarding diet, exercise, and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The annual exam is critical for early detection of diseases and is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your health.