Frequent Gynecological Testing
For every woman, regular gynecological testing is an integral part of early diagnosis, prevention and maintenance of good health. This includes the annual Pap smear test and a series of additional examinations for a comprehensive gynecological assessment. Depending on whether a woman has a history of gynecological diseases or not, a health review every six months is advisable. The ideal time for regular gynecological testing to start is about one year after the woman’s first sexual intercourse.
Regular Gynecological Tests
- Initially, regular gynecological testing involves taking the medical history through which the gynecologist acquires a complete picture of the patient’s pathological condition.
- The next step is to examine the breasts (overview and palpation), and if there are any findings, further testing is recommended by mammography or breast ultrasound.
- The abdomen is then examined and palpated, as well as the external genitalia for possible pathological findings (skin infections, anatomical abnormalities, HPV warts).
- Next, we continue with a vaginal and cervical examination in order to identify possible cervicitis, anatomical abnormalities or other abnormal findings in the vaginal wall and uterine cervix. During the vaginal examination, a Pap test (Pap smear) or other tests that the gynecologist deems necessary, for example vaginal discharge and endocervix cultures, are also performed.
- Finally, the essential ultrasound is performed so that the doctor can comprehensively assess your overall internal genital health.
The Importance of Regular Gynecological Testing
Preventive gynecological examination is an integral part of Gynecology, not only because it allows a valid assessment of the gynecological condition of the patient but also because it helps us to early identify and prevent any gynecological problems.
In addition, with regular preventive testing, the gynecologist can also identify general non-gynecological problems and guide the woman accordingly to dealing with them directly and effectively.