Comprehensive wellness and OBGYN care for females of all ages

Going to the gynecologist (OBGYN) is not something you necessarily look forward to. But as a woman, this annual appointment is essential for disease prevention and your relationship with your OBGYN is a critical part of your healthcare at every stage in your life.

Although the guidelines have changed for Pap smears—the test that serves as your cervical cancer screening—and you may not need one every year, that doesn’t mean you should skip your annual well woman exam.

OBGYN conditions treated

  • Heavy period bleeding and PMS symptoms
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Sexuality concerns
  • Breast changes or abnormalities
  • Pre-pregnancy advice
  • Infertility causes and concerns
  • General health and wellness, including immunizations
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS)

OBGYN treatments and services

  • Pap smears
  • Birth control guidance
  • STD screening
  • Pelvic examination
  • Infertility testing
  • Infertility causes and concerns
  • Health/wellness examinations, including immunizations
  • Mammography and osteoporosis screening

Do I need a pelvic exam every year?

It’s important to remember that a pap smear is only one part of your annual well woman visit—although it’s usually the most memorable. Pap smears are part of the overall pelvic exam, which is arguably one of the most critical components of your annual OBGYN 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.

  • Ages 21-29

    Recommended screenings for this age group
    Pap smear test: every three years

  • Ages 30-65 

    Recommended screenings for this age group
    Pap smear test, HPV DNA test: every five years

  • Ages 65+

    Recommended screenings for this age group
    No screening, unless you've had 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.