Gynecologist in Charleston
Feminine health is complicated. Maintaining your reproductive health can impact your overall well-being. When you're looking for a caring gynecologist in Charleston who makes your feminine health a priority, look no further than East Cooper Physicians. Experienced and knowledgeable, our OB/GYNs keep your health on track.
Schedule a Gynecological Exam
Visiting a gynecologist for an annual gynecological exam can be anxiety provoking. In fact, many women feel anxious about their appointment, especially when it's their first visit. Our OB provider goes to great lengths to make all patients feel as comfortable as possible.
Your Annual Exam & Pap Smear
When was the last time you had a pelvic exam and Pap smear? Gynecologists recommend that teenage girls should have their first exam between ages 13 and 15, even if they're not sexually active. A gynecological exam is a painless assessment that's used to:
- Check for Infections
- Check for Cervical Abnormalities
- Assess Size & Shape of Uterus, Tubes, & Ovaries
- Identify Issues, Such As:
- Painful Periods
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Vaginal Swelling
- Bleeding between Periods
- Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
- Tenderness of the Vulva
Your yearly exam provides you with an opportunity to build a strong provider-patient relationship. If this is your first exam, you can also ask questions about sex, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and other concerns.
The Importance of a Pap Smear
Usually done in conjunction with a pelvic exam, a Pap smear is an integral exam that's used to detect and stop the development of cervical cancer. The exam, recommended for women 21 years and older, identifies changes in the cervical cells. The exam only takes a few minutes and should be done every three years. For women older than 30 years of age, the Pap smear can be combined with a test for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can lead to cervical cancer.
What Is a Gynecologist?
Many women think obstetricians and gynecologists are the same thing; however, this is not the case. Gyn providers specialize in overall women's health. An OB provider specializes in the care of care of women and their children during and after pregnancy. Our skilled staff is made up of caring OB/GYNs, who have decades of experience in the medical field and use advanced technology to perform exams and procedures in the office. We are fully equipped to handle all of your gynecological and obstetric needs, no matter what they are.
Call 843-849-9355 to request an appointment for a pelvic exam, or complete the contact form on this page. Our GYN providers proudly serve patients in Charleston, South Carolina.