Comprehensive OBGYN care for women of all ages
While you may not necessarily look forward to going to the gynecologist, this annual women's health appointment is essential for disease prevention. The relationship with your OBGYN is a critical part of your healthcare at every stage in your life.
In addition to Pap smears, your OBGYN:
- Provides birth control guidance
- Manages heavy period bleeding and PMS symptoms
- Screens for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Addresses sexuality concerns
- Performs a pelvic examination
- Checks for any breast changes or abnormalities
- Offers pre-pregnancy advice
- Addresses infertility causes and concerns
- Manages general health and wellness, including immunizations
- Diagnoses and manages menopausal symptoms
- Manages mammography and osteoporosis screening
- Diagnoses and treats female conditions, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS)
We offer surgical and non-surgical treatment options for gynecological conditions
Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health offers skilled surgeons on the medical staff and a clinical team who focus on the treatment of gynecologic conditions in Dallas each and every day.
We offer non-surgical management utilizing interventional radiology, such as uterine artery embolization for the treatment of fibroids.
With advanced technologies, we also provide minimally invasive robotic or laparoscopic surgeries, including:
- Management or removal of fibroids, including Acessa procedure
- Removal of endometriosis
- Hysterectomy from benign causes
- Uterine and ovarian cancer management
- Fertility management
Do I need a pelvic exam every year?
While the guidelines for Pap smears—the test that serves as your cervical cancer screening—have changed and you may not need one every year, you should still have your annual well-woman exam.
It’s important to remember a Pap smear is only one part of your annual well-woman visit, and are part of the overall pelvic exam—which is arguably one of the most critical components of your annual appointment.
During a pelvic exam, your doctor conducts this exam to look at the external genital organs and to evaluate the health of your internal pelvic organs such as the uterus, cervix, ovaries and even your bladder.
Women's screening recommendations
Ages 21-29Pap smear test
Every three years
Ages 30-65Pap smear test
HPV DNA test
Every five years
Ages 65+No screening
Unless serious cervical pre-cancer or cancer within the last 20 years
Breast screening recommendations
We support recommendations that women of average risk for breast cancer begin annual screening mammograms at age 40. Baylor Scott & White Health encourages you to discuss the benefits, risks, and limitations of mammograms with your doctor.
Our high-risk breast screening program provides tools to help you understand your risk and connect with care that fits your needs.