You might want to do some research yourself with this advice - I totally disagree with it.
You might like to know that Australian and UK doctors don't recommend well woman exams at all in symptom-free women, at any age. I'm in my early 50's and have never had one, it has never been suggested to me and I'd refuse it anyway. These exams are at the top end of invasive and should only be done when absolutely necessary.
I believe these exams are responsible for lots of other unnecessary and potentially harmful biopsies, treatments, other diagnostic tests even surgery. You have the highest rates of hysterectomy in the world. A massive one in three of you will have one by age 60, and you have very high rates of benign cervical and breast biopsies. (false positives)
These exams expose you to risk for no/negligible benefit. The pap test is the only exam recommended here and of course, it's an optional cancer screening test. All cancer screening has risk and it's benefits are usually confined to a very small number of women. Your risk profile becomes important - as a low risk woman it was an easy decision for me - in Australia the lifetime risk of cervix cancer is 0.65 percent, one third (at least) of women who get this cancer have had a normal test result or series of them - false negatives - these women are therefore not helped by the test and may be disadvantaged by being falsely reassured and receiving a later diagnosis. A tiny 0.45 percent benefit from testing, but almost 78 percent are referred after an abnormal pap - almost all are false positives.
In the States it's higher - 95 percent of you will be referred to help 0.65 percent.
Never allow over-testing or inappropriate testing. Women not yet sexually active are excluded from testing. Women in lifetime mutually monogamous relationships might also choose not to test. (you can't catch HPV from another virgin). Women who've had full hysterectomies for benign conditions don't need testing. The elderly and very young need to closely consider the benefits and risks - testing women past age 50 or 60 is of negligible benefit and carries risk.
Also, testing does not change the tiny death rate from cervical cancer in women under 25. (but they produce very high false positive rates - one in three - while it's one in 14 in older women) As a result, Finland and the Netherlands don't test before age 30 and then only five yearly to age 60 and the UK tests three yearly from age 25 and five yearly from age 50-65.
Look at the risk factors for this cancer, your risk profile and make an informed decision. If you want to test, don't allow over-screening. Five yearly from age 30 is enough for any woman. Even the prostitutes in the Red Light District in the Netherlands only have five yearly testing from age 30. Any more and they simply face false positives and unnecessary biopsies and harmful over-treatment.
Using condoms regularly in partners of unknown status reduces the risk of HPV by as much as 70 percent -- a huge reduction in a very small risk.
I see a doctor when I have symptoms or if I need medical advice and I couldn't be healthier. I think it must be a miserable life spending your life in stirrups - they are never used in consult situations here either. (only during day procedure and in surgery).
You should ask yourselves whether this "examine everything every year" of your life is really in your best interests or is it just doctors looking at turning healthy women into lifelong income-generating machines? Many women will end up harmed by these exams. Your health warrants the time it will take to do some research.
Dr. Joel Sherman's medical privacy forum under women's privacy issues has some great references in the side bar. See amazing research by Angela Raffle, UK screening expert also, Richard DeMay, US pathologist and Prof Michael Baum, UK breast surgeon.
I have also declined mammograms due to concerns about over-diagnosis and false positives. See: "The risks and benefits of mammograms" at the Nordic Cochrane Institute's website.
The American practice of coercing women into these exams before prescribing the Pill is unethical and a violation of your legal rights. Any doctor who refuses the Pill until you submit to gyno exams should be challenged and reported. The only thing required for the Pill is a blood pressure test and your medical history.