Finding a doctor you're comfortable with is key to any doctor/patient relationship. This rings especially true in the field of gynecology. The gynecologists of North Kansas City Hospital provide services and consultation to women of all ages, including routine Pap smears, testing and help with sexually transmitted diseases, menopause, endometriosis and more. If you are pregnant, you will need to schedule an appointment with an obstetrician, if you haven't already done so.
It's important to meet with your gynecologist annually for Pap smear testing and testing for infections and diseases, as needed. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that Pap smear testing begin within three years of sexual intercourse or by age 21. The single reason for occurrence of cervical cancer is not having Pap smears.
It's also important to meet with your gynecologist if you're experiencing symptoms such as:
- Unusual and/or persistent vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
It's good to see your gynecologist more often if:
- You think you or your partner may have a sexually transmitted infection
- Have a history of a sexually related illness
- Have a mother or sister who developed breast cancer