WAYNESBORO, Pa. – While national medical institutes may differ in their recommendations for pelvic exams, what is important is seeing your doctor annually, according to Summit Health physicians.

Earlier this month, the American College of Physicians released new recommendations saying women who are not pregnant or have no unusual symptoms do not need an annual pelvic exam.

However, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology still recommends an annual well-woman visit including a physical exam.

Pelvic exams – not to be confused with pap tests – are important for the evaluation of prolapse, bladder symptoms, and pain issues, said Dr. Jean Lessard with Summit Women’s Group – Waynesboro.

In some cases though, a pelvic exam may not help with diagnosing certain conditions, such as ovarian cancer, she said.

“What is most important is having an annual visit and talking with your provider,” Dr. Lessard said. “What exams and tests are needed is based on the individual patient.”

Summit Health offers a number of women’s health services including annual exams, preventative care, testing and screenings, contraception, fertility, incontinence, menopause management, gynecologic surgery, and more.

Summit Women’s Group – Waynesboro offers appointments at three locations:

  • 12525 N. Welty Road, Waynesboro – (717) 762-8138
  • 50 Eastern Ave., Suite 144, Greencastle – (717) 762-8138
  • 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg – (717) 485-6174


Summit Women’s Group – Chambersburg also offers appointments at 757 Norland Ave., Suite 207, Chambersburg. Call (717) 217-6882.

For more information, visit SummitHealth.org/Services/Womens-Health.


Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

More information is available at www.SummitHealth.org and www.facebook.com/SummitHealth.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014