The Gynecological Exam Basics
- NOTE: PAP smears should be done when you are not menstruating. If you are on your menstrual period at the time scheduled for your PAP smear, please call to reschedule.
- You may be asked to provide a urine specimen before the exam. Please do not void immediately before coming to your appointment
- Please complete the “Women’s Health History Form” before your appointment and bring it to your exam. We will review the form with you during your appointment. Click here to print the health history form.
- We will discuss problems you may have and/or issues related to contraception. All contraceptive options can be reviewed.
- A general exam will be performed to check your heart, thyroid, kidneys, abdomen and breasts. Breast self-exam will be taught.
- The pelvic exam will be done to obtain specimens for the PAP smear, assess for vaginal infections and/or STD’s and check for any reproductive system abnormalities. It is best to have put nothing in the vagina for 3 days before this exam (no sex, no douching, no tampons).
- Prescriptions for contraception and for treatments for common gynecological problems will be provided.
- Blood tests may be done if indicated
- Expect to be at the Health Service for one hour if this is your first exam. Repeat yearly exams may take 45 minutes.