Scheduling an annual exam is one of the easiest ways to catch potentially serious medical issues in their early stages of development. At Top Doc OB/GYN, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Robert Dourron, MD, provides annual exams to people 12 and older. To make an appointment, call the office in Decatur or Chamblee, Georgia, or click the online booking feature today.
An annual exam is a routine checkup that assesses your physical and sexual well-being. It presents an opportunity to build a relationship with your OB/GYN, ask questions, and undergo preventive screenings.
By regularly making time for annual exams at Top Doc OB/GYN , you can reduce the risk of potentially serious medical conditions and live a long, healthy, and active life.
At Top Doc OB/GYN, an annual exam features several components, including:
At the beginning of an annual exam, your provider asks about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise, the type of foods you eat, and if you smoke or drink alcohol. They also ask about your sexual health, including if you’re sexually active, whether you use protection, and if you’ve been tested for STDs.
Next, your Top Doc OB/GYN provider conducts a complete physical exam. During the physical, they look at your skin for any moles or abnormal growths; examine your ears, nose, and throat; weigh and measure you; palpate your organs to determine their size and location, and test your reflexes.
A Pap smear is a test that detects cervical cancer. During a Pap smear, your Top Doc OB/GYN provider collects a sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. Then, they send your sample to a lab that analyzes it for the presence of cancer.
During a breast exam, your provider carefully feels your breasts for any abnormal bumps or lumps. Depending on your age and medical history, they might also refer you to a radiology facility for a mammogram (a breast X-ray).
If you’re sexually active but aren’t interested in starting a family, ask your provider about family planning. Top Doc OB/GYN offers several types of contraception, including oral birth control and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, your provider might recommend STD testing. STD testing analyzes a sample of bodily fluids, like urine or saliva, to determine if you have a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia.
Top Doc OB/GYN recommends that women schedule their first annual exam between the ages of 13-15 or shortly after their first menstrual period. Establishing routine care from an early age is one of the easiest ways to preserve your health in the long term.
To learn more about the benefits of an annual exam, make an appointment at Top Doc OB/GYN by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.