Obstetrics & Gynecology
Ravalli County Women’s Health Services
Regular visits to the gynecologist are key to maintain health and well-being
well into your later years. While every woman should meet with their gynecologist
at least once a year for a routine exam, every patient is unique, and
most patients do not require a full repeat of tests and screenings during
every exam. After evaluating your family’s medical history and risk
factors, your gynecologist at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital can work with
you to create a customized schedule that addresses the medical factors
most relevant to you.
The OB/GYNs of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital cultivate relationships with
patients so that we can create an efficient, comfortable experience. Whether
you need a routine exam, gynecological surgery, or help preparing for
pregnancy, our team will treat you with respectful, compassionate, and
Obstetric Exams & When to Get Them
As mentioned above, your experience at the gynecologist may vary year to
year depending on your condition and risk factors. The following are the
most common exams performed at the gynecologist office and how often a
woman without any risk factors typically receives them:
General Pelvic Exams – You should receive a general exam once a year to discuss any questions
or concerns you have for your gynecologist. Basic screening procedures
are non-invasive and can be done without much preparation.
Breast Exams – Starting from age 25, you should have a breast exam at least once every
three years, not counting your monthly self-exams. Breast cancer risk
increases once you reach age 40, and most physicians will recommend an
exam every one to two years.
Pap Smear – Women between the ages of 21 and 30 should have a Pap smear once every
three years. By age 30, many doctors scale it back to every five years.
At age 65, your risk of cervical cancer decreases, and your doctor may
recommend you stop having them entirely.
Remember that these are not set timelines for gynecological exams, and
your personal medical history plays a significant role in how often you
should receive an exam. During your first appointment with us, we will
discuss your situation with you and come up with a plan that fits your
needs and personal preferences.