by Cathy Milne APRN, MSN, BC-ANP/CS, CWOCN
Annual PAP smears as no longer considered the gold standard for women. While that may spell relief for the millions of us who dread those cold stirrups, it has far reaching consequences that may impact health care costs.
Dr. Joe Walsh, the Chief of general OB/GYN at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, recommends healthy women to have an OB/GYN exam every three years. "The question is: Is there anything we are doing beyond the Pap that will improve the woman's health? And that answer is 'no'".1 Gosh! OB/GYN health care providers are the first line of defense in detecting and preventing urinary incontinence!