Pelvic, Paps and Checkups, OH MY!

womens_health_icon-svgLadies! We want you to take care of yourself. Often women ignore their female health concerns because they are too busy with their studies, career, kids or all of the above. Although guidelines have changed for pap smears and cervical cancer screenings, your annual exam is still very important to your overall health and well-being. At AIM you can have your regular check up coincide with your female checkup –saving you time!


Jennifer Morrison and Gina Parisi, our nurse practitioners, are here for all of your female healthcare needs. Before your physical exam, Jennifer or Gina will chat with you to ask about your overall health noting any changes in your lifestyle and sexual activity. This is a good time to discuss anything you might be even slightly concerned about: odd discharge, new or increasing pain, difficulty with intercourse or current birth control methods. This insight will help her with the next step of your visit – the physical exam. The physical exam will assess healthcare risks that are common for women, especially as they start moving through pre-menopause: high blood pressure, thyroid issues, bone density and diabetes. Being open and honest with your provider allows for an open dialogue to occur and results in the best outcomes for you and your health.


Routine annual female exams usually include the pap smear and the pelvic exam. The pap test is important in detecting cervical cancer and other abnormalities. Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented entirely, by having regular pap tests, especially if combined with a test for HPV. In many cases, both tests together can find pre-cancers before they turn into more invasive forms of cancer that are difficult to treat.


The pelvic exam is important because…you can’t check yourself! There are three parts to the pelvic exam: checking the outside, looking at the inside and feeling the inside. It is important to have a pelvic exam yearly (if you are over 21) to prevent long-term problems. Again, speak up! An open dialogue during this part of the exam is important, especially if you are in pain. These exams are an important step in maintaining your health. Call our office to schedule your comprehensive annual exam today.