The team at GYN Choices of Central Jersey is delighted to help women thrive in their intimate lives! Contact our East Brunswick office today at 732-698-1115 to schedule your well-woman exam, where you can learn more about your reproductive health and how to protect it.
What Are Family Planning Services?
The term family planning generally refers to the variety of services that revolve around a woman's reproductive health as it relates to future pregnancies. Statistics indicate that approximately 45 percent of the pregnancies that occur in our country each year are unplanned. Family planning puts you in control. You and your doctor can discuss the various aspects of your health and determine which services are most needed at what time in your life. Examples of services that fall under family planning include:
- General reproductive health screenings and care
- Birth control
- Fertility education and care
- Prenatal and obstetric care, including education about pregnancy spacing
- Early pregnancy termination
What is a Well-Woman Visit?
You can think of your annual well-woman visit as a yearly physical that relates to your reproductive health. During these appointments, your gynecologist will inquire about your family history, your current health, medications, lifestyle habits, sexual activity, and more. Routine screenings may also be conducted at this visit. While you may not need a Pap smear at every well-woman exam, your doctor will perform a thorough breast examination to check for lumps and other abnormalities. They will also perform a pelvic exam, a painless screening in which the doctor evaluates your vagina, vulva, cervix, uterus, and ovaries.
Using the findings of your consultation and examination, you and your doctor can discuss goals to help promote optimal health in the coming year. Your well-woman visit is also a prime opportunity for you to ask questions about birth control, fertility, sexuality, and other matters of importance to your life and wellness.
How Often Should a Woman Get a Pap Smear?
The frequency of your Pap Smears will depend on your clinical history. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women should have Pap tests every three to five years. In dome situations, however, testing may be repeated more frequently.
What Kinds of Contraceptive Options Are Available?
Today, we have access to a wide variety of different forms of contraception. Your doctor can discuss the types that seem to fit best with your preferences and lifestyle. Examples include hormonal birth control and barrier methods, both of which can be short-term pregnancy prevention. Depending on your timeline for having children, you may also want to learn about long-term birth control such as an IUD or implant. Finally, some women have determined that they do not want children or do not want any more children than they currently have. In these situations, we may discuss permanent birth control.
What Abortion Options do You Offer?
New Jersey is a state in which our leaders have chosen to protect women's reproductive rights. Abortion can be performed either medically or surgically. The appropriate method of pregnancy termination is determined by several factors, including how far along the pregnancy is. Medical abortion may be considered for early pregnancies. It involves taking a combination of medications that cause miscarriage. Surgical abortion may be necessary for pregnancies that are past a certain point. The procedure typically takes about five minutes. If you are seeking more information about abortion services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are proud to provide professional care in a warm and welcoming environment.
What Kind of STD Testing do You Offer?
If you are sexually active, regardless of how many partners you have, it is important to talk to your gynecologist about the benefits of STD screening. Sometimes, an STD can lie dormant or be asymptomatic. Regular screening as determined by you and your doctor provides the opportunity to address infection early, when treatment can be most impactful. Here in our central NJ office, we perform a wide variety of tests, including:
- HPV (low-risk and high-risk)
- Hepatitis B and C
- PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
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