During a gynecological exam, the patient is typically asked questions about their sexual history, medical history, and menstrual cycle, along with a physical examination to rule out any troubling changes. Periodic gynecological exams are crucial to maintaining sexual and reproductive health and should not be skipped. These exams are also a great time for the patient to address any questions they may have, including questions about irregular periods, vaginal discharge, STIs, and pregnancy tests. These exams are routine procedures and are quick and relatively painless.
During the physical part of a gynecological exam the physician will run tests such as:
The Breast Exam - to check for any lumps or irregularities in the breast tissue. The doctor may also instruct the patient on how to perform a breast self-exam, to check for lumps or irregularities between appointments. If the patient is over the age of 35, the gynecologist may recommend mammogram screening for breast cancer.
The Pelvic Exam - The pelvic exam consists of the doctor inspecting the female's external and internal genitalia. Usually, at each step, the doctor tells the patient exactly what he or she is doing, so nothing comes as a surprise to the patient.
East Bay Women's Health is proud to offer gynecologic surgery options. They are some of the first Ob/Gyns in the area to use the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform that offers a state-of-the-art minimally invasive option for major complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures. The da Vinci System operates with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes. For most women, robot-assisted surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including: