Gynecological Care

Annual Exams

At Cedar Rapids Ob Gyn Specialists, we understand a woman's healthcare needs continually evolve and change throughout her lifetime. We are here to be your guide, and to develop a comprehensive plan customized to each stage of your life.

As a teenager, you are generally under the care of your family physician and a visit to the gynecologist is necessary only when a menstrual problem exists or a pregnancy occurs. A milestone for any woman, at age 18 your lives change in several ways — graduation from high school, living away from your family for the first time and actively participating in the health and well-being of your body. At age 18, an annual gynecological exam should be part of your health care program just like getting your teeth cleaned. And just like a visit to the dentist, your insurance company usually covers this exam.

A well-woman exam is the best way to detect significant changes in your body's systems including reproductive, mammary, and urological and bone structure. The following outlines will give you an idea of what to expect at your annual exam during each stage of your life. Please keep in mind that all women are unique and exams may be tailored specifically to your needs.

An exam will include:

Age 18-39

  • Height and weight measurement
  • Blood pressure and urinalysis
  • Pelvic and breast exams
  • PAP Smear
  • Birth Control (if desired)

During this age range you should schedule a complete battery of blood work including a cholesterol screening. If you are at risk for breast cancer, you may need a baseline mammogram at age 35.

Age 40-64

  • Height and weight measurement
  • Blood pressure and urinalysis
  • Neck and skin exams
  • Abdominal and rectal exams
  • PAP Smear
  • Mammogram

During this age range you should plan to have blood work, including cholesterol screening, done every three to five years, depending upon your medical history. If you are 50 or older, you should inquire about the benefits of a bone densitometry test.

Age 65 and Older

  • Height and weight measurement
  • Blood pressure and urinalysis
  • Neck and skin exams
  • Thyroid testing
  • Pelvic and breast exams
  • Abdominal and rectal exams
  • PAP Smear
  • Mammogram

During the age range you should plan to have blood work, including cholesterol screening, done every three to five years, depending upon your medical history. If you are 50 or older you should inquire about the benefits of a bone densitometry test.