Will it hurt?
What will happen during the check-up?
Your gynecologist should ask if you experience any problems. He will also ask about your family health condition, about your last period, any abnormal vaginal bleeding or problems during sexual intercourse. The examination itself is focused on female sexual organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina and external genital organs).
He will examine you both visually and by touch (bimanual examination with one hand in the vagina and one hand on your stomach). He will also do a colposcopy (examination of your cervix using a set of mirrors), take samples of your tissue (Pap smear) and perform an ultrasound scan. Your gynecologist should tell you how to self-check your breasts and if you want to, he should examine them as well. If you have breast cancer in your family, he will keep an eye on you.
- If the woman is still a virgin, the doctor will not do a colposcopy exam, nor Pap smear.
- After you turn 45 (and then every two years), the doctor will send you to mammography to scan your breasts.
After you turn 50, your gynecologist can offer you to do a FOB Test (Fecal Occult Blood Test) to check for any hidden blood in your stool, which is often a first symptom of colon cancer. If you test positive, he will send you to a colonoscopy.
Do I need to prepare for the exam?
Do I need to pay for the exam?
What is the waiting time for such examination?
2 –5 weeks.
Where to go?
Do I need to call for test results?
What can I get from the examination?
What more can I do?
If you have breast cancer in your family, tell that to your gynecologist - he will send you to do an ultrasound or mammography check of your breasts.