First, we shared advice about how to prepare for your annual appointment. Once you leave the office, your doctor will send off your diagnostic test(s), and knowing what to do next can be difficult for you. Karla Loken, D.O., OB-GYN, FACOOG, U.S. disease area partner, and Liza Kunz, M.D., OB-GYN, MFM, FACOG, U.S. disease area network lead, are two Roche Diagnostics experts who help you understand how to move forward with your health after that annual gynecological appointment.
“Try not to worry, if you can see information about your tests in an online portal and your doctor hasn’t yet called,” Kunz said. Health information laws and the accessibility of electronic medical records mean it’s possible you could see your results before your doctor does. “Your physician will need time to check your chart and history before calling you with results and next steps.”
There’s no treatment for HPV, but there are treatments for health problems HPV can cause. Genital warts caused by HPV can be treated by your healthcare provider or with prescription medication. Cervical precancer can be treated, too, but prevention is always better than treatment. Visit cancer.org to learn more.
Karla Loken, D.O., OB-GYN, FACOOG, is board certified in OB-GYN and is a U.S. disease area partner for Roche medical and scientific affairs (MSA).
Liza Kunz, M.D., OB-GYN, MFM, FACOG, is board certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and is a U.S. disease area network lead for Roche MSA.