Your gynecologist in Richland, and Kennewick, WA, can help protect your health.
Cervical cancer can be deadly. Fortunately, there is an easy way to diagnose cervical cancer in its early stages, when it is still highly treatable. It’s called a pap smear, and it is an important part of your yearly gynecological examination. Annual cervical cancer checks and gynecological exams are important from the time you first become sexually active. They should continue throughout the rest of your life.
Dr. Daniel Bahnmiller at Columbia Shores OBGYN in Richland, WA, offers comprehensive women’s healthcare services, including cervical cancer checks and other tests to protect your sexual health. We proudly serve residents of Richland, and Kennewick, WA.
During your annual gynecological examination, your doctor will examine the inside of your vaginal canal and take a small sample of cells from your cervix. These cells will be examined under a microscope, looking for abnormal cell changes, which could be early signs of cervical cancer.
Your annual gynecological exam also includes checking your breasts for any suspicious lumps or changes, which could indicate breast cancer. If a suspicious area is found, your doctor may recommend a biopsy of the area to determine whether there are precancerous or cancerous changes present.
In addition to regular gynecological examinations, other women’s sexual health services include:
- Performing pregnancy testing
- Providing birth control methods
- Treating the signs and symptoms of menopause
- Hormone balancing and hormone replacement
- Sexually transmitted disease testing
You can also benefit from the expertise of your gynecologist if you experience:
- Irregular or absent periods
- Severe bleeding or cramping during your period
- Chronic abdominal pain and swelling
- A yellow, gray, or green discharge from your vagina
Your gynecologist is a vital part of your healthcare team, and annual examinations and cervical cancer checks can save your life. Your sexual health is just as important as your overall health, and your gynecologist is an expert at treating issues with your reproductive system.
To learn more about cervical cancer checks and women’s sexual health, contact Dr. Bahnmiller of Columbia Shores OBGYN in Richland, WA. You can reach us at 509-628-8866, so call today!