Thanks, - Dr. Valerie Knudsen, MD, FACOG, FACS
What is ACOG?
ACOG is the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynedology. It is evidence based science of the practice of OB/GYN. It is only the facts!
How often should I get an annual physical?
Every year, unless instructed otherwise by your gynecologist. Your annual isn’t only for a pap smear (a cervical cancer screening); breast, pelvic and over all physicals should be done annually to prevent risk of serious disease. It’s also just good to check that you’re physically well at least once a year and to meet with your doctor to discuss any changes that may have occurred since your last visit.
What should I expect from my annual appointment?
Your annual will consist of a thorough physical including, a pelvic exam, breast exam, pap smear (a cervical cancer screening) and further testing if requested. (additional time spent in appointments discussing procedures or other issues will be charged accordingly.) Your annual can be a good time to discuss birth control or pregnancy plan options as well as discussing any issues you’ve had concerning past medication, body irregularities, health changes, etc.
What should I expect from my first obstetric appointment?
Your first OB appointment will typically get scheduled when you are 8-12 weeks along which is determined by the first day of your last period and is referred to as the LMP (last menstrual period). During your visit you’ll get a full physical exam including, a pelvic exam, breast exam, urine test, blood work and likely an ultrasound. We want to check your overall health and attempt to identify any risk factors that may occur during pregnancy, at birth or if there will be any fetal complications. Based on your OB doctor’s assessment you may be asked to stop certain habits, watch for specific warning signs and symptoms, and using your LMP (last menstrual period) date, ESTIMATE your due date. Your first visit is always the best time to ask questions and discuss any lifestyle changes or health and risk factors that may result in specific restrictions and/or additional testing. Also remember to establish a reasonable schedule for future visits with your doctor according to your needs.