Important Tests for Optimal Women’s Health
There are several routine tests your gynecologist perform in the office or prescribe for you to do at another medical facility at your yearly exam. These tests screen you for certain diseases or conditions that are detectable, treatable, and are even preventable with early detection.
We will provide the following test procedures in our office, or we will prescribe these tests to be conducted at a local medical facility:
- Blood drawing to check for iron levels, confirm pregnancy, check hormone levels, blood glucose levels
- Testing for vaginal or urinary infections
- Ultrasound for OB or GYN evaluations
- Pap smear for cervical cancer screening
- Colposcopy to evaluate abnormal Pap test results (a tissue biopsy may be indicated)
- Bone density testing
Women should have their first Pap smear taken by age 21, and the test should be performed yearly or every 2-3 years. We recommend women of all ages, including seniors, continue having the Pap test. Of course, all women should continue having annual gynecological exams throughout their lifetimes, regardless of when they have a Pap test.
Your doctor or an ultrasound technician who specializes in OB and GYN ultrasound, will perform your 3D/4D ultrasound test. Because this test yields an image, a board-certified radiologist will interpret the results and write up a formal report. You can usually review the preliminary ultrasound report with your care provider in the exam room upon completion of the ultrasound exam.
Most women start having annual mammograms at age 40; in certain circumstances we might recommend you start earlier. We offer in-house mammography or can provide appropriate referrals, if needed, to be performed at a local radiology center which will send us your test results. We will review those results with you personally.