Gynecology Frequently Asked Questions

Gynecology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at Choices Women’s Medical Center are included on this page. Frequently Asked Questions are answered about Abortion in General, Abortion Pill, Surgical Abortion, Pregnancy, and Choices in General on separate pages. Choices is woman-owned and operated with mainly women staff.

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is medical care that deals with women’s reproductive system. Gynecology is about keeping women healthy as well as treating medical conditions and illnesses having to do with the reproductive system.

When do I need to see a gynecologist?

All women should have a pelvic exam at 21 years old or earlier if they are sexually active. Your Choices physician will examine you to make sure that your body is developing normally and that there are no problems with menstruation or other issues.  It is also a time for you to discuss  birth control options with a Choices counselor.

Can I get a gynecological appointment right away?

Yes. You can make an appointment for the same day or walk in. Choices is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8 am-5 pm, with late hours Thursdays to 7 pm. Choices is easy to reach from wherever you live in New York City by public transportation.

What is a PAP test?

A Pap test (also known as a Pap Smear) is a test for cervical cancer. It is one of the most important gynecology tests a woman should have on a regular basis to keep healthy. In an examination room, the doctor gently swabs a tiny sample of cells from the patient’s cervix (the opening of the uterus). The sample is then sent to a lab to test for any abnormal cells. Abnormal cells do not mean the patient has cervical cancer but further tests may be needed.

Who should get a Pap Test?

All women age 21 and above should get a Pap Test every 3 years.

Can I get a free pregnancy test at Choices?

Yes. You can make an appointment for a free pregnancy test or just walk in.

How do I know if I have a sexually transmitted infection?

The only way to know for sure is to get tested.  Both men and women, all ages, can get tested at Choices.  If you think you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STI/STD) or have symptoms like an unusual discharge, itching, a rash or anything that doesn’t feel normal, contact us immediately for an appointment.

What is HPV?

HPV (Human papillomavirus) is a very common STD (sexually transmitted disease).  It is the leading cause of cervical cancer.

Should I get the HPV Vaccine?

The shot has been tested and proven to help protect people from most types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.  It is most effective before a woman or teen begins to have sex. It is given in 3 shots over a 6-month period.  Anyone from ages 9-26 can get the shots.

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