Balancing clinical know-how with a gentle approach,
we make the well woman annual exam a positive and empowering experience.
The annual well woman exam is a great opportunity to have a doctor see you at least once a year and check in on your overall health.
Even if you were told you don’t need a pap smear for another 3 years, it’s still a good idea to see a doctor once a year for a basic physical exam, clinical breast exam, and pelvic exam.
Both established patients as well as new patients are welcome to schedule a well woman exam at Natura. This service is also available to trans patients who would like to have an exam in a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere.
This type of visit does not include discussion of new problems or a detailed review of chronic conditions, although those may be addressed in separate follow-up visits.
What’s a pap, and how often should you get one?
A pap smear is performed by using special swabs to gently collect cells from the surface and opening of the cervix. The swabs are introduced through the vaginal canal by a doctor, and the samples are sent to a laboratory. A pathologist then examines those cells under a microscope to screen for any abnormalities.
In the spring of 2013, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) updated their guidelines, recommending that women receive pap smears every 3 years instead of annually. Nevertheless, it is still recommended that women still see their doctors annually for a routine Well Woman Exams to screen for diseases of the vulva, vagina, and breasts.