Coordinated Health

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Yearly Exam

By: Hannah Ropp   March 23, 2018

Over the years there’s been a lot of debate regarding whether or not women truly need a “yearly” exam with their gynecologist. Some research has indicated that pap smears don’t need to be done on a yearly basis and can even be done as infrequently as every three years if prior pap smears were negative. However, Coordinated Health Gynecologist Bruce Viechnicki still stresses the importance of yearly exams. 

“My comment to women is always – if you are only a cervix then you only need to come in every three years. However, if you are a person having ovaries, uterus, vagina, hormonal system, contraceptive needs, breast tissue evaluation, weight issues, emotional concerns or more, than you will want to come in once a year,” he says.

Dr. Viechnicki believes that a gynecologist should truly be a woman’s trusted health partner and someone that keeps a pulse on their overall health and wellness. He also believes in the importance of developing a strong relationship with his patients. In fact, has been seeing some of his patients for upwards of 20 years.

In addition to pap smears and pelvic exams, he claims a yearly annual exam includes:

  • Blood pressure
  • Height
  • Weight
  • BMI
  • Mammography discussion (depending on age and risk assessment)
  • Osteoporosis discussion (depending on age and risk assessment)
  •  Lipid screening/evaluation
  • General counseling on disease (diabetes, weight, cholesterol)
  • Vaccinations (shingles, tetanus, diphteria, whooping cough, flu)



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