Comprehensive OBGYN care for women of all ages

While you may not necessarily look forward to going to the gynecologist, this annual women's health appointment is essential for disease prevention. The relationship with your OBGYN is a critical part of your healthcare at every stage in your life.

In addition to Pap smears, your OBGYN:

  • Provides birth control guidance
  • Manages heavy period bleeding and PMS symptoms
  • Screens for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Addresses sexuality concerns
  • Performs a pelvic examination
  • Checks for any breast changes or abnormalities
  • Offers pre-pregnancy advice
  • Addresses infertility causes and concerns
  • Manages general health and wellness, including immunizations
  • Diagnoses and manages menopausal symptoms
  • Manages mammography and osteoporosis screening
  • Diagnoses and treats female conditions, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS)

We offer surgical and non-surgical treatment options for gynecological conditions

Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health offers skilled surgeons on the medical staff and a clinical team who focus on the treatment of gynecologic conditions in Dallas each and every day.

We offer non-surgical management utilizing interventional radiology, such as uterine artery embolization for the treatment of fibroids.

With advanced technologies, we also provide minimally invasive robotic or laparoscopic surgeries, including:

  • Management or removal of fibroids, including Acessa procedure
  • Removal of endometriosis
  • Hysterectomy from benign causes
  • Uterine and ovarian cancer management
  • Fertility management

Do I need a pelvic exam every year?

While the guidelines for Pap smears—the test that serves as your cervical cancer screening—have changed and you may not need one every year, you should still have your annual well-woman exam.

It’s important to remember a Pap smear is only one part of your annual well-woman visit, and are part of the overall pelvic exam—which is arguably one of the most critical components of your annual appointment.

During a pelvic exam, your doctor conducts this exam to look at the external genital organs and to evaluate the health of your internal pelvic organs such as the uterus, cervix, ovaries and even your bladder.

Women's screening recommendations

  • Ages 21-29
    Pap smear test
    Every three years
  • Ages 30-65
    Pap smear test
    HPV DNA test

    Every five years
  • Ages 65+
    No screening
    Unless serious cervical pre-cancer or cancer within the last 20 years

Do I need a breast exam if I'm under the age of 40?

Breast exams also are an important part of your well-woman visit. In conjunction with your own personal self-breast exam, your OBGYN is one of the only physicians on your personal women's health team who will examine your breasts annually for signs of cancer.

If you are age 40-45 and do not have risk factors for breast cancer, you and your doctor will decide the frequency of your mammograms. However, if you are considered high risk, your doctor will follow the standard recommendations.

Learn more about mammograms