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Gynecology Services

Skilled Gynecologists in Berlin, MD

After experiencing your first period, you need to find a trustworthy gynecologist you can speak openly with about personal health issues. At Atlantic General, our experienced gynecology team provides patients with the personalized and compassionate care they deserve.

Gynecologists are women’s health specialists who focus on both reproductive and general health. You should see a gynecologist for a general exam at least once a year once you hit puberty or become sexually active.

Gynecologists provide treatment for the following:

  • Abnormal periods
  • Birth control issues
  • STDs
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases
  • Uterine and ovarian cancers

Gynecological Exams

Gynecologists perform many health screenings that are vital for long-term health and wellness. These include cancer screenings that can detect warning signs in the early stages. Having a trusted relationship with your gynecologist is important, as these appointments will keep you informed on your overall health and risk factors for serious diseases.

Gynecological health screenings include:

  • General exam – The general exam covers basic health concerns, including STDs screenings and noninvasive cancer screenings. Patients should receive a general exam once every year.
  • Pelvic exam – Pelvic exams can help detect uterine fibroids, cysts on the ovaries, STDs, and abnormalities that may be signs of uterine cancer. Women should receive their first pelvic exam at age 21, with recurring exams every 3 years. Women over 40 should receive annual exams.
  • Breast exam – Physical breast exams should begin at age 25, with recurring exams every 1 to 3 years depending on the patient’s risk factors. Women over 40 should receive mammogram breast exams every 1 to 2 years. Patients should continue performing monthly self-exams at home.
  • Pap smear – Pap smears are a valuable tool for detecting cervical cancer in the early stages. At age 21 and onward, women should receive a pap smear every three years. Cervical cancer risks decrease as women get older, and by age 30 most women will receive one every 5 years. Women with no risk factors can stop having them entirely at age 65.

Keep in mind that the schedules above are only the generally recommended guidelines. Your specific needs may be different depending on your overall health and cancer risk factors.

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