For a High Desert woman, her annual exam is an important part of her overall preventative health care plan. Most women in Apple Valley will visit their OB/GYN in order to have a pap smear performed and to talk with the doctor about any questions and concerns that they may have at the time.

However, not everyone understands the importance or significance of this exam. We at Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN have found that many women may want to know the answers to these questions, but don’t always feel comfortable asking them.

Why is the Annual Exam So Important?

If I've Had the Gardasil Vaccine, Do I Still Need a Pap Smear Each Year?

How Can I Better Prepare Myself for the Doctor?

Why Does the Exam Hurt Sometimes?

Women should feel confident and comfortable when they come in for their yearly exam with the OB/GYN. Remember that the doctor is a highly trained individual who has been in a variety of different situations. The doctor will not make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious during the exam, and he will do his best in order to explain to you everything that is going on at the time.

Most importantly, it’s important that women remember that they can ask the doctor any question during their appointment. Asking questions can help women feel more comfortable about their body as well as their health care and can provide them with better understanding after the annual exam is complete.