Salem Women's Clinic, Inc.
OB-GYNs located in Salem, OR
An Annual GYN Exam is an essential part of total wellness for any woman. Salem Women's Clinic in Salem, OR offers patients the skilled and compassionate care they need.
Annual GYN Exam Q & A
How Often do Gynecology Exams Need to be Scheduled?
For most women, gynecology exams should occur once a year. If women are dealing with major health issues or are at elevated risk for health problems, the visits may need to occur twice a year or more often.
Do Pap Smears Happen During Annual Gynecology Exams?
Pap smears are often one of the components of an annual gynecology exam. Most women need to have pap smears, but the frequency of the pap smear varies based on a woman's age and health. Generally, women who are between 21 and 30 should have a pap smear every 3 years. Women who are over the age of 65 may not need to have pap smears any longer if they've had 3 normal pap smears in a row. Most women find it very convenient to have this simple test performed during their exam when they are due for a pap smear.
What Should Patients Expect During a Gynecology Exam?
A gynecology exam can be different from one woman to another, as it is customized based on specific needs and concerns. Most women will have a basic check-up, which includes a pelvic exam. The doctor and patient will talk about concerns such as family planning, heavy periods, irregular periods, painful periods, menopause, urinary incontinence, infertility, hormone replacement therapy, and other female concerns. The doctor can diagnose any new illnesses or conditions and can provide treatment as necessary. Ongoing conditions are also monitored at an annual gynecology exam. The yearly exam is an excellent time for the doctor and the patient to address concerns and questions. No matter what part of life that a woman is in, the yearly gynecology exam is a time to learn, ask questions, and to achieve the best possible overall health and wellness.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Harmon was amazing. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Nice balance of being friendly and professional. She was honest and helpful."
" I have always felt listened to. I have always felt my questions were answered thoroughly, thoughtfully and respectfully."
"The Salem Women's Clinic is located in Salem, Oregon and it was designed specifically for woman to feel comfortable.... I'm very pleased with their service"
"I had all 3 of my children with SWC and felt I was amazingly well cared for. Kate Davidson's care so inspired me that I became a midwife..."
"Dr. Harmon is the best! She has been my doctor for over 25 years and I would never go anywhere else... I would highly recommend Salem Women's Clinic for anyone looking"