Gynecology/ Women's Health Specialist

Old Farm Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB-GYNs & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons located in Salt Lake City, UT

Women have special health needs, and those needs can change considerably, even within a short period of time. Old Farm Obstetrics and Gynecology is a leading gynecology and women's health services provider in the Salt Lake City, UT, area, helping women of all ages receive customized care based on their unique needs.

Gynecology and Women's Health

What happens during a routine women's health exam?

Women's health exams provide many of the same assessments and evaluations as a physical exam with a general practitioner or family doctor, but exams and assessments are tailored specifically for a woman's needs. The health issues and symptoms women experience as they pass through different stages of life can be markedly different from those experienced by men. Women's health services provide women with care that is focused squarely on their needs, helping to ensure they can enjoy optimal health at every age. Exams begin with measurements of weight and blood pressure, as well as a detailed personal and family medical history to look for possible risk factors for diseases. In addition to routine medical assessments, a clinical breast exam will be performed and a Pap test and HPV screening may also be performed. Guidance will be provided depending on each woman's unique needs, including information on birth control and menopause when necessary. Urinalysis may be performed and other medical screenings and tests may also be ordered.

How often should I have a routine gynecological exam or well visit?

Women should have yearly wellness visits, according to recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and beginning at age 21, they should have annual pelvic exams as part of those visits to check for signs of STDs and cancers. Pap tests may be performed less frequently depending on each woman's age and other risk factors.

At what age should a young woman have her first visit to a gynecologist?

ACOG recommends teens between the ages of 13 and 15 see a gynecologist for a routine exam without a pelvic exam to receive important information about their health as well as information about STDs, safe sex, and other pertinent topics. Seeing a gynecologist in the early to mid teens helps young women feel more comfortable seeking medical help or guidance when needed to enable them to avoid serious diseases and even pregnancy.