Women's health needs can change dramatically during the course of their lives, and having an OB-GYN who understands those changing needs is the key to staying healthy. Women's Medical Care offers women in and around Yavapai County, AZ, with advanced care options for gynecological and prenatal care so they can enjoy optimal health at every age.
Women should see their gynecologist every year for a wellness visit. Gynecologists have significant training in all the medical and health issues most likely to affect women at different stages of life, and they also know which screening tests women need as they get older to look for risk factors for disease. Plus, seeing a gynecologist every year ensures women have an opportunity to ask questions or discuss concerns about their health, and it also provides an ongoing record of health that can be very useful in looking for subtle changes that could indicate the early stages of a disease.
A Pap test is a test that takes a small sample of cells from the cervix and evaluates them under a microscope to look for abnormal changes that could indicate cancer. If Pap test results are abnormal, an additional test called a colposcopy may be performed to more closely evaluate the vaginal canal and cervix and to take tiny tissue samples (biopsies) for further testing.