Experts recommend that most women have routine checkups with their OB-GYN every year, but some women may need to go more often, and some women may be able to wait two or three years between well-women visits. Talk with your doctor about what’s right
At your annual exam, you can expect the following:
- Your doctor may talk with you about any concerns you have and will ask you whether you’ve noticed any changes.
- Your doctor may ask you whether you might be pregnant or if you are considering having a baby.
- Your doctor will perform a breast exam and may remind you to have your annual mammogram. If your doctor finds any abnormalities, he or she may recommend a diagnostic mammogram or other tests, like
a breast ultrasound or a breast MRI.
- Your doctor will do a pelvic exam and may do a Pap test to check for signs of cervical cancer.
During pregnancy, you will have many routine checkups to evaluate your health and the health of your baby. Those checkups should start as soon as you know you are pregnant and should continue with regular prenatal care throughout your pregnancy. Your
visit schedule will depend upon the risk level of you and your baby, your age, and your general health. Talk with your doctor about how often you should schedule prenatal visits and testing.