Annual Exam

Desert Star Institute for Family Planning -  - Gynecologist

Desert Star Institute for Family Planning

Gynecologist & Family Planning located in Phoenix, AZ

Checking in on your health once a year with an annual exam is a critical part of preventive health care. At Desert Star Family Planning in Phoenix, DeShawn Taylor, MD, MSc, FACOG, offers annual exams to women of all ages. If you're due for an annual exam, call Desert Star Family Planning or make an appointment online for patient-focused, integrative women's health care.

Annual Exam Q & A

Why do I need an annual exam?

You might think you can skip your annual exam if you're feeling healthy. However, many diseases, such as cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) don't cause symptoms in their early stages. Additionally, many health changes are so subtle that you might not notice them. 

At your annual checkup, Dr. Taylor compares your current state of health and screening results with your medical records and can identify any changes quickly. 

If your health has changed, Dr. Taylor offers expert, customized treatments to restore your well-being. In many cases, she can provide treatments and recommend lifestyle changes to improve your health before you even experience any symptoms.

What should I expect during an annual exam?

Your exam begins when a member of the team checks your height, weight, and blood pressure. Then you meet with Dr. Taylor. She talks to you about your health and reviews your personal and family medical history. She asks if you have noticed any changes or have any health concerns. 

Dr. Taylor performs your physical exam, listening to your heart and lungs, and feeling your abdomen. Next, she performs your breast and pelvic exams as well as a Pap smear, if needed. If you have a low risk of cervical cancer, you only need to have a Pap smear every three to five years, depending on your age. Ask Dr. Taylor about whether you need to have a Pap smear. 

If you're 40 or older, Dr. Taylor also provides a mammogram referral.  She also offers HPV vaccinations for women under the age of 25.

You can also ask Dr. Taylor questions about your health during your annual exam. She is an advocate for women's health care and wants to ensure you have the information you need to make informed choices about your well-being. 

For example, if you have questions about abnormal periods, birth control, or STDs, Dr. Taylor offers expert, customized advice and information. Dr. Taylor is a valuable resource for health-related information and advice. 

What are the benefits of an annual exam?

Your annual exam provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you're healthy. Alternatively, if you have signs of a health issue, you can get the diagnosis and treatment you need during your annual exam. Many health conditions are more easily treated when they're diagnosed in their early stages. 

If you're due for your annual exam, call Desert Star Family Planning or make your appointment online today.