UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Reproductive Health

Having children remains a major life factor for more than 80 percent of American women. But for every women, young or old, with children or not, the health of her reproductive organ remains important throughout life.

Every woman, starting at age 21 or as soon as she is sexually active, should have an annual pelvic exam and a pap smear every one to three years. This goes for women who have passed menopause, too, since the risk of reproductive organ cancers goes up as we get older.

Don't be afraid to discuss any concerns, problems or questions about your reproductive health with your doctor. Find a doctor you're comfortable with and trust.