For many, going to see the gynecologist can be a stressful experience. That’s why it’s important to find a gynecologist you can trust, someone who will take the time to listen and make you feel comfortable.
At Ochsner, we make it a point to get to know every woman we see. We strive to earn your respect and confidence. From adolescence to menopause and all the years between, we’re here for women across the Gulf South.
Why Ochsner for Gynecological Care?
The gynecology team at Ochsner has a deep commitment to serving the unique needs of women of all ages. From your first gyn exam to your first mammogram and through menopause care, our physicians are here to provide cutting edge, compassionate care to daughters, mothers and grandmothers alike.
Ochsner combines the advantages of a women’s specialty hospital with the peace of mind that comes with being treated in one of the top medical centers in the country. Cardiologists, pulmonologists and other specialists are never far away during any procedure. That’s the Ochsner difference.
Providing Care for Women of All Ages
The Importance of Annual Well Woman Check Ups
Most experts agree that by evaluating you on a yearly basis, your gynecologist can better determine if there are any issues you need to be concerned about. Depending on your age, there are certain steps that will go into every visit, including:
- Evaluation and counseling
- Vital sign check
- Immunizations (if required)
- Body mass index check
- Breast exam (when indicated)
- Pelvic exam (when indicated)
Recent guidelines call for pap smears every three years. Women with an average risk of breast cancer should have annual mammograms between the ages of 45 and 54. After that, they can have screenings every two years. Breast exams, either from a medical provider or self-exams, are no longer recommended by the American Cancer Society, unless indicated. Patients younger than 21 years old do not usually require a pelvic exam.