Lower Merion Family Medicine
Family Medicine located in Narberth, PA
Patients at Lower Merion Family Medicine in Narberth, Pennsylvania, know that the best way to stay on track with their gynecologic care, annual exams, and all other health care is to have one well-rounded care provider who handles it all. The experienced physicians provide annual Pap smears, birth control, STD testing, annual women’s wellness exams, and everything else you need in one convenient place. Click the online scheduler to book your appointment today.
Gynecologic Care Q & A
How often do I need gynecologic care?
Most healthy women need to see their doctor at Lower Merion Family Medicine every year for a women's wellness exam. This is a good chance for you to monitor ongoing health concerns, discover emerging health problems before they get serious, get necessary tests, and get support from your doctor.
What kind of tests will I have during my annual wellness exam?
This exam is a complete evaluation of your gynecologic health and wellness. It includes both a pelvic exam and a clinical breast exam. Your doctor also generally performs other necessary tests such as:
- Pap smear: a cervical cancer screening
- HPV testing: a cervical cancer screening
- STD testing: screening for all common STDs, and less-common ones as needed
- Other tests as needed based on your symptoms
You'll also talk to your doctor about your current birth control method and how it's working for you. If you want to try a new kind of birth control, your doctor can usually prescribe it (and place it, for implanted devices) during your women’s wellness exam.
What is the most effective birth control?
This can be different for every woman, but some of the most effective and easy-to-use methods are:
- IUD: small copper or hormone uterus implant that’s over 99% effective for 3-10 years
- Implant: a small upper arm hormone implant that’s over 99% effective for 3 years
- Pill: oral pills taken daily that are over 99% effective with perfect use, 91% with typical use
Although the IUD and the birth control implant are both considered long-term birth control methods, you can actually ask your Lower Merion Family Medicine doctor to remove either type of device at any time if you decide to change birth control methods or want to get pregnant.
There are also a number of other options to consider, such as the birth control patch, vaginal ring, or birth control injections. Your Lower Merion Family Medicine doctor explains what type of commitment each option requires, so you can choose the one that fits into your lifestyle the best.
For caring gynecological care from the physician who knows your needs the best, book your appointment by calling Lower Merion Family Medicine or clicking the online scheduler now.