Annual Exam Tests & Therapies at University of Colorado Hospital
Tests Performed During an Annual Exam
A test that scrapes cells from the surface of the cervix (the lower, narrow part of the uterus) to check for cervical dysplasia or cervical cancer.
A physical and visual examination of the vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries. The doctor, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife will look and feel for any abnormalities in size or shape of the organs.
A physical examination of the breasts. The doctor, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife will feel all areas of the breasts to check for any lumps or abnormalities. Women should also perform a self breast exam at home every month.
Annual Exam Therapies
If you want to use birth control, the doctor, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife will provide you information and help determine the best method for you. Certain implant birth control options may require an additional appointment.
Birth control methods available include:
Barrier Devices – Devices such as diaphragms and condoms that do not involve any use of medication.
Implanon® – A long-term, reversible form of birth control that uses an under-arm implant to release hormones into your body to prevent pregnancy.
Intrauterine Devices – A long-term, reversible form of birth control that uses a device inserted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
Oral Contraceptives – Birth control pills that use hormones to prevent pregnancy.
Tubal Ligation – A permanent form of birth control that requires a surgical procedure to close a woman’s fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. This procedure requires a referral to a qualified surgeon.
Diet and Exercise Plan
A healthy diet and exercise plan always benefit your overall health. Often your doctor, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife will recommend certain diet and exercise guidelines to improve your health and decrease your risk of certain diseases.