How Often Should You Have a Gynecological Exam?

How Often Should You Have a Gynecological Exam?

April 8, 2021
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Here at Great City Medical, we specialize in women’s health and reproductive health care. Our Dr. Yelena Tsyba is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a top obstetrics-gynecologist (ob/GYN). She is happy to help with all of your women’s health needs.

Whether you’re looking for a standard annual gynecology exam and pap smear, a family planning visit, or a surgical procedure, we can perform all of our ob/GYN services on-site in our New York City offices. We provide ob/GYN health care services to women of all ages. If you are looking for the best on/GYN near me in the NYC area, you’ve come to the right place!

Do I Need to Go to the Gynecologist Every Year?

Gynecology is an important part of women’s health care for all women. Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should receive a gynecological exam every year, and may wish to begin seeing a gynecologist as soon as the age of 16 if they become sexually active sooner. Women in this age range have an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or sexually transmitted infections (STI) and of becoming pregnant, so it is important to see a women’s health doctor.

If they are in good health, not pregnant, and not being treated for a disease, women may begin seeing their gynecologist every other year after age 30. However, many women in this age range often do become pregnant and may need to visit their gynecologist more frequently for family planning visits.

Women of any age who experience any negative symptoms, changes to their menstrual cycles, unusual discharge or odors, or severe pelvic pain should arrange to see a gynecologist right away, as those may be signs of something more serious.

 

At What Age Can a Woman Stop Seeing a Gynecologist?

The age that one can stop regularly seeing a gynecologist varies from woman to woman, but generally healthy women over the age of 66 do not need to visit a gynecologist every year or every other year. If a woman near the age of 66 receives three clear pap smears in a row, they may stop receiving their annual pap smear and regular pelvic exams if they wish.

However, women in menopause or post-menopause may wish to continue seeing their gynecologist for treatment for other women’s health issues such as vaginal dryness, unusual discharge or odors, painful intercourse, or urinary incontinence. Gynecology includes many more women’s health services than just pap smears! We are proud to provide quality women’s health care services to women in all stages of life.

It is best to discuss your individual health situation with your gynecologist or primary care doctor before deciding if it is right for you to stop seeing a gynecologist regularly.

 

What Does a Gynecological Exam Include?

An annual gynecological exam, also known as a well-woman visit or gyn exam, can be as quick as just 10 minutes to complete. 

This exam typically includes a pelvic exam, a pap smear, a blood pressure check, a breast exam, and tests for STDs or STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. It may sometimes include a urine test. You can also receive a birth control prescription, such as the daily pill or an IUD, during your checkup.

During the routine pelvic exam, the doctor will situate you comfortably within the stirrups and upon consent, they will examine the vulva and the labia first to see if there are any signs of abnormalities. Abnormalities can include various signs of irritation, swelling, redness, and STDs or STIs. Once the external examination is finished, the doctor will examine the interior of the vagina using a medical instrument called a speculum. 

During the interior exam, the doctor will examine the cervix and perform pap smear, also called a pap test. The pap test takes a small sample of your cervical cells, which get sent off to a medical lab to check the cells for cervical cancer (cancer of the cervix). The importance of pap smears for women cannot be understated. Pap smears are important to catch any abnormalities early to prevent any major problems in the future. Cervical cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. Cervical cancer is a serious medical condition, but an annual exam can be a life-saving procedure as it can help detect signs of cancer early and make it easier to treat. Results from a pap smear should be available within two weeks of your exam.

Using a gloved finger in your vagina and some applied pressure to the abdomen, the doctor will also examine the health of your uterus and ovaries.

The breast exam is part of your primary care and checks for any abnormalities or signs of breast cancer, another common form of cancer in the U.S. Again, this can be a life-saving procedure as it can help detect signs of cancer early and make it easier to treat.

A gynecological exam is an understandably uncomfortable procedure, especially if it is your first time visiting an ob/GYN. But don’t worry—your doctor can help ease your nerves and explain the process if it’s your first time. It is important to relax to help the exam go smoothly and painlessly. Additionally, you may bring a female family member, friend, or nurse chaperone to be in the exam room with you as well, so you never have to be alone with the doctor if that makes you feel uncomfortable.

 

What Women’s Health Care Services Do We Provide?

At Great City Medical in New York City, we provide many women’s health services to women of all ages, in addition to annual wellness exams. We also provide services for the following ob/GYN and ob-GYN-related surgical needs:

  • Family Planning and Birth Control
  • IUD Insertion and Removal
  • Menstruation Care
  • Menopause Management
  • Gynecological Surgeries
  • Pap Smear and Pelvic Exam
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Cancer Screenings
  • Breast Exams
  • Leep
  • Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
  • Any other health issues
  • Reconstructive surgery

Dr Yelena was amazing, she really made my visit easy and comfortable. Loved her, highly recommend!
Valentina M.
Valentina M.
18:12 24 Jun 22
Amazing customer service! Friendly and efficient! Made it fun going to the GYN!
Clara M.
Clara M.
23:28 16 Jun 22
I received the best medical treatment and follow up services at this clinic.
Dshea Kinta M.
Dshea Kinta M.
13:22 20 May 22
I was in need of a new GYNECOLOGIST. I found Great City Medical in a Google search. I spoke with a staff member after hours via live chat an was scheduled the earliest appointment very quickly. All my basic questions were answered. I was sent to patient portal link to pre-register and fill out the forms. Upon arrival I was greeted with a smile and checked in quickly, wait time was short before the nurse called me in to be triaged. I was placed in a room, which was very clean. Dr. Tsyba greeted me with a smile and was very polite and Thorough with the examination. She explained to me in detail what procedures were going to take place and what testing will be done. The staff was very Knowledgeable and helpful as a first-time patient I enjoyed my visit I highly recommend this practice.
Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.
19:00 16 May 22
The place is very nice, and people are kind and professional. The only downside is that I have waited more than I expected (even though I arrived way earlier than the scheduled time), but maybe it’s been just a coincidence. That being said, nothing else to complain about!
Elena F.
Elena F.
02:02 13 May 22
I waited about 30 min to see the Tech, then spent like 20 min with her as a new patient, then about 10 min. more to see Jaime, the NP who was available, since Dr. Tsyba was in surgery. Jaime then consulted with Dr. Tsyba. I was very satisfied with the gentle, compassionate and thorough care I received by Jaime, and the technician who performed the 2 ultrasounds I needed. I’m happy I found this OB/GYN doctor. I hope to meet Dr. Tysba soon.
Awilda R.
Awilda R.
17:44 12 May 22
They was wonderful, the front desk and even my doctors very gentle with everything they do..I felt very comfortable to open up to them about my needs and I definitely felt like I was in great hands, when it’s comes down to OBGYN’s it’s very hard finding loyalty ,honesty, and security with your doctors THIS WAS WONDERFUL..i found out everything I needed to know and I will definitely enjoy being a new patient here !!!
Londaisha :.
Londaisha :.
12:43 12 May 22
Place was valid … 💯 very respectful and calls patients in a timely manner
Leenia M.
Leenia M.
19:44 02 May 22
Me encantó la atención del personal, y sobre todo la ginecóloga Yelena Tsyba, quien fue la Dra. que fui a consulta, bueno ella es muy profesional, muy amable y gentil ; también la persona que me hizo el sonograma,todos me trataron con mucha gentileza; fue mi primera vez y quedé muy contenta satisfecha…
Sovilek O.
Sovilek O.
02:35 29 Apr 22
The doctor is brilliant!!!
Tyrone H.
Tyrone H.
19:15 21 Apr 22
Very nice always very professional
Madeline C.
Madeline C.
15:38 19 Apr 22
I have known Dr.Tsyba for many years, she sees my friends and my sister gave birth to three children with her, personally in my practice there were moments when I had to urgently go to other doctors, after which I kept returning to her. She, as like a mother, will not advise bad things and will do everything possible to help. The staff is also very responsive and polite professionally fit every patient. You feel at home confidentially. Thank you doctor for your professionalism. I wish you more assistants so that you do not get tired.
Fatima A.
Fatima A.
03:19 06 Apr 22
Great people who made me feel very comfortable for my first appointment at this establishment. Much appreciated.
Nicole De L.
Nicole De L.
16:40 04 Apr 22
Great place to get checked. The staff very professional, they take care of you on your appointment time and the clinic is very clean. My Doctor was great!!
Katty R.
Katty R.
10:43 18 Mar 22
My 1st time going here. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. I loved that I didn’t have to schedule an appointment to go somewhere else for ultrasound. I did 3 things in 1 day and the wait was ok
ivy b
ivy b
20:48 10 Mar 22
good service and everything was very fast no complaints I liked the place
Carmen W.
Carmen W.
18:50 07 Mar 22
It is great office with a best gynecologist Dr Yelena Tsyba
Simon L.
Simon L.
18:40 04 Mar 22
Very good. Attentive staff
Alla T.
Alla T.
22:26 01 Mar 22
Wonderful staff and excellent service
Ramar A.
Ramar A.
22:08 01 Mar 22
Very Professional
Ashlee W.
Ashlee W.
17:35 24 Feb 22
Very amazing service.
Natevia H.
Natevia H.
21:47 23 Feb 22
A++ Service. Great atention to issues and promt call at appointment time👍🏻
Ludo A
Ludo A
16:02 23 Feb 22
My first time visiting this practice. They were very through, from intake, which was done by a Dr. that I assumed was a nurse because he was so young lol. I wound up seeing Jaime who is a GYN NP, she was awesome. They asked a lot of questions about my history, which I really appreciated. Labs and Sonogram are done on-site. I will be returning.
Shay S.
Shay S.
17:25 18 Feb 22
Very nice place with very nice people the place is clean and quiet I love it there
Dj Shabba U.
Dj Shabba U.
01:44 18 Feb 22
Very well cared for. Doctors, nurses, & receptionist are wonderful
Joy H.
Joy H.
21:59 17 Feb 22
Very caring knowledgeable doctor highly recommend!
Alona K.
Alona K.
00:36 05 Feb 22
Great place to come for a Covid test. Everything went pretty quick. Results definitely weren’t ready in 15 min but, the clinic was very, very busy, so it’s understandable. The lady who sits in the middle was very professional, polite and very helpful. Would highly recommend this place!
Lynn In The C.
Lynn In The C.
19:51 03 Feb 22
Actively listened to my concerns and believed me when I said somethings not right. Did not brush me off. And focus on finding the cause to my issues. I definitely recommend. Very clean place.
justina R.
justina R.
16:40 03 Feb 22
Very good Doctor and excellent assistants!
Haydee
Haydee
14:15 29 Jan 22
Hello!Today was our first visit, I liked how doctor Tsyba is explaining to us about my daughter’s women health issue. Also I hope doctor will properly treat her/ my daughter. I’ll update later the results.Thank you,Norah & Maftuna.
Nora K.
Nora K.
19:03 28 Jan 22
Good attention, but they should follow the appointments schedule. I saw the doctor almost an hour later
Umma
Umma
17:17 26 Jan 22
I’ve been going to this doctor’s office for yrs I’m very pleased with my pcp doctor Marly Grana she’s always kind hearted.
Angel's E.
Angel’s E.
20:37 19 Jan 22
Great customer service from the entire team.
Mohammed S.
Mohammed S.
19:27 19 Jan 22
Dr Tsyba is the best doctor I ever knew. Very professional service and so nice stuff!
Vika
Vika
23:36 18 Jan 22
Great doctor and amazing team.
ROEZEN BY R.
ROEZEN BY R.
19:58 14 Jan 22
My experience at your facility was excellent. Your staff members treated me with courtesy and professionalism. Staff members were very friendly and polite. I was contacted within 8hrs of my visit. Thank you for your service.
Alonzo T.
Alonzo T.
23:53 05 Jan 22
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Escarlet C.
Escarlet C.
17:31 05 Jan 22
Great accomodation. Fast and expedient service. Very proffesional.
Jose C.
Jose C.
20:54 03 Jan 22
I had an pleasant experience there . The medical addressed my medical request in an timely manner.
Tyrone M.
Tyrone M.
00:00 28 Dec 21
Great service ! Fast process and no waiting
Fatima S.
Fatima S.
20:47 22 Dec 21
Excellent doctor. Very professional and attentive
Marina Y.
Marina Y.
01:03 22 Dec 21
I’ve been going to Great City Medical for year’s and they are very professional, my Medical and GYN doctors are the best doctors I’ve never had a problem.
Debbie K.
Debbie K.
19:56 15 Dec 21
I thank for finally give my A1C count. I was told I had diabetic in December 2020 at Langone on pine and wall street. I then had a MRI at Corneil Hospital to find out what seizure came back after 15 years while working. I had stress after lost my job. See you January 4 AM hours
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Bevelynn T.
15:36 15 Dec 21
La atención de primera recomendado
Martha F.
Martha F.
18:34 09 Nov 21
Came in for immigration medical. Really great staff. They are prompt, proactive and kind!
Aarthi R.
Aarthi R.
23:02 26 Oct 21
They are very welcoming and professional. I can recommend my family and friends.
Bassa N
Bassa N
20:58 14 Oct 21
All the staff members and the doctors are wonderful , competent and kind
Ayne M.
Ayne M.
18:16 14 Oct 21
Front Desk employees are amazing! Very polite, nice and helpful. Dr. Akselrud is the best doctor becausehe LISTENS to all my concert and patiently explains everything to me. Thank you Dr. Akselrud!
Andra T.
Andra T.
21:58 12 Oct 21
Quick, professional and great prices
Jose H.
Jose H.
21:48 12 Oct 21
I was very pleased with this facility. I didn’t have to wait, the nurse and doctor were quite human (vs bureaucratic), and I felt seen and listened to.
Kim P.
Kim P.
17:59 17 Sep 21
Both employees who attended me were very helpful and quick to assist me.
Caro O.
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17:26 17 Sep 21
Great City Medical clinic helped me file my green card immigration medical exam form. The team is very knowledgeable and flexible. I scheduled my appointment within one week and got the report quickly. Due to some personal health issues, I had to update my report two days before the interview, and the team helped me correct the form with no extra cost within one day! I really appreciated it and highly recommended having your medical exam report done quickly and professionally with the Great City Medical team.
Hao W.
Hao W.
20:49 16 Sep 21
Very efficient.
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Black D.
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