Many women find their annual gynecological exam a stressful experience. But a few minutes of “poking and prodding” can save a woman’s life. During a patient’s yearly exam, her physician will look for lumps in the breast, either through a breast exam or mammogram, and perform a gynecological exam, which includes a pap smear. A pap smear is a virtually painless procedure where a doctor takes a cell sample from the cervix to check for abnormalities.
A yearly gynecological exam can be extremely helpful in catching caner, or other diseases, at an early stage. “The earlier something is caught, the more likely it is to be successfully treated,” explains Shira G. Gordinier, D.O., Ob/GYN.
In order to make a woman’s experience at the Women’s Health and Menopause Center even more beneficial, patients have access to a Patient Portal. Once a patient sets up an account, she can access online services offered by her physician, update personal information (address, phone, email address and insurance details) and add or update payment information. This site is completely encrypted, so patients can be rest assured their medical and personal details are securely stored.