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Why do I need to see an OB/GYN when I'm in my 40s?

All women should continue to regularly see a health care provider for preventative women's health care during their 40s and beyond. Women over 40 need contraceptive counseling to prevent unplanned pregnancy or supportive care if they are seeking pregnancy. Clinical breast exams and mammograms allow early detection of breast abnormalities/cancer. Screenings for cervical cancer are needed. Issues surrounding perimenopause and menopause can be addressed, and therapies offered, to promote continued good health through these years. The frequency, and content, of these exams can be decided between you and your provider based on expert recommendations, your personal/family risk factors, and preferences.

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