A well-woman exam is your yearly check-up when you have no abnormal gynecological problems.
If you come in for your preventative, well-woman exam but have other gynecological complaints, then your insurance may require you to pay a copay to cover this visit.
The signs of a yeast infection are similar to those of a sexually transmitted disease. Dr. Scheller will need to do an exam and take a culture from your vagina to confirm the infection. With a urine infection, some strains of bacteria are resistant to certain antibiotics. It is best to have your urine cultured at the time of infection to confirm the proper treatment.
If you are a new patient, it would be helpful to have your most recent pap smear results, mammogram, and any other pertinent test results (ultrasounds, CT or MRI results) that may help Dr. Scheller with your care.
The first routine gynecological exam with a pap smear starts at age 21. However, you can schedule an appointment to see Dr. Scheller if you have painful, heavy or irregular menses, if you would like to discuss birth control options, or if you have any questions or concerns about your overall health.
You can have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40, then yearly after 40.
If you miss one day of the pill, take it as soon as you remember and continue with the pack. If you miss two days, you can take two pills for the next two days and continue with the pack. If you miss more than two days, discuss the plan with Dr. Scheller. Plan to use back up protection for the next two weeks.
You can have your pap smear if your period is very light and if it has been 24 hours since your last episode of intercourse.
You should call Dr. Scheller right away to discuss further evaluation. You will need an exam, an ultrasound and possibly an endometrial biopsy.
If you are between the ages of 9-26, I do recommend the HPV vaccine. We can discuss if the vaccine is right for you at your visit.
A colposcopy is a more diagnostic test for precancerous cells of your cervix. It is best if you are not on your menses and have not had recent intercourse. Dr. Scheller recommends taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen one hour prior to your appointment. The test involves placing a vinegar solution on your cervix then looking at your cervix under magnification. Small biopsies will be taken of the external portion of your cervix as well as a sample from the cervical canal. To prevent infection and bleeding, you should not have intercourse for at least one week following the procedure.
An endometrial biopsy is a sample of the lining of your uterus. Dr. Scheller recommends taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen one hour prior to your appointment. A small straw-like instrument will be placed into your uterine cavity to obtain a small tissue sample. You may experience cramping during the procedure. You may then have a small amount of bleeding for several days after the procedure.
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