Women, forty and older need a colorectal exam, as well as a fecal blood occult test for possible changes in your colon. If your GYN does not do this, you should ask him to perform this possibly lifesaving examination.
When the examination portion of your appointment is complete, your gynecologist will go over your health diary and answer any questions you have. This is when you should tell your gynecologist about the timing and frequency of any illness or other condition you might have experienced since your last appointment. Also make sure to include information about whether you have experienced irregular periodsor painful periods, or any other menstruation menstrual problems, vaginal infections, or painful sexual intercourse.
Other health issues to discuss include any dramatic weight change, hair loss or skin changes.