yOU AND YOUR gynecological hEALTH
Thank you for choosing Boston Health Care for Women for your gynecological needs. We look forward to providing you with the care, support, and resources necessary to maintain your health.
Below you will find information on contraceptive methods, hereditary cancer screening, and what to expect at your visit.
We hope that you find these resources useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office to make an appointment or speak to a member of the care team.
WHAT IS A PAP SMEAR?
During your annual visit, a pap smear may be performed. This consists of a swab of the cervical and vaginal region to collect cells to be sent for testing. Pap smears are used to screen for cervical cancer. At the same time, we may test for HPV or Human Papillomavirus Virus, a common virus found in vagina that has been known to cause abnormal cell growth at the cervix. For information visit ACOG's Cancer Screening Guide.
Here at Boston Healthcare for Women, we pride ourselves in offering our patients the most advanced preventative care available. If you are sexually active, you are at risk of developing a sexually transmitted infection or disease. This screening can be done at your annual exam or at your own discretion. Testing may include both vaginal and cervical samples and/or a blood sample. If you suspect you may have been exposed to an STI or are experiencing symptoms, please do not hesitate to call our office and make an appointment.
For our patients of 40 years of age and older, we will refer you to Brigham and Women's Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Center for routine mammogram imaging. Mammogram screening is recommended once per year.
For our patients who are 50 years and older, we will refer you to Brigham and Women's Gastrointestinal Services for routine colonoscopy screening. It is recommended to have this screening done once every 3 years.
BONE DENSITY SCREENING
For our patients who are 60 years and older, we will refer you to Brigham and Women's Skeletal Health and Osteoporosis Center for routine bone density screening. Healthy women with no evidence of bone loss on their most recent bone density scan can have their screening done once every 15 years. More frequent testing may be recommended if screening shows bone loss or if the patient has symptoms of osteoporosis.