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Monday, March 28, 2011

Updated Health Recommendations for Women in New Report

In a report published in the April issue of Obstetrics and; Gynecology, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) made changes to their recommendations for women's annual routine of ob-gyn check-ups, tests, and immunizations.

When the recommended frequency of the Pap test was lowered a few years ago and the age increased to 21, many women began decreasing the frequency of their visits to the ob-gyn. ACOG is hopeful that their new report will show women how vital it is to have an annual check-up and get regular tests for STIs like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. ACOG reinforces the idea that a cervical cancer screening is merely a small part of ensuring a woman's reproductive health, and even in the absence of the necessity for a Pap test, a yearly check-up is crucial for maintaining proper reproductive health.

"The purpose of the annual ob-gyn visit is to detect and treat any new or ongoing health problems as well as to help prevent future ones from developing," said Dr. Hal C. Lawrence, III, Vice President for Practice Activities at ACOG, in the news release.

How often do you visit the ob-gyn? Have you receieved a well-woman exam this year?  Check out more information about women's reproductive health here. Still have questions? Visit any of our health centers for more information or to set up an appointment. Find the health center nearest you and make sure to get your annual check up!

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