What is a Well Woman Exam?
A well woman exam is an important and routine female check-up to make sure everything is okay with your body. Getting a well woman exam may make you a little nervous, but that’s totally normal. We’re here to help calm those nerves!
A well woman exam is a yearly preventive screening performed by your gynecologist or obstetrician in four parts covering:
- Your health history
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exam
- An assessment of any other health problems
Well woman exams are the foundation for wellness, disease identification and health promotion. Making healthy lifestyle choices and an early detection of disease increases your length of life and your quality of living.
When Should I Have a Well Woman Exam?
A well woman exam should be performed yearly—starting at age 21. It is recommended that the first visit occur in your mid to late teens.
What Does a Well Woman Exam Check For?
A well woman exam sets the foundation for wellness, disease identification and health promotion. The exam checks:
- Abnormalities that can develop into cancer
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Infection of the cervix
What Can I Expect During a Well Woman Exam?
There are several components to a well woman exam:
- Health history
- Physical exam
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exam and pap smear
- Health goals
Why do I Need to Have a Well Woman Exam?
Studies have shown that patients with a primary care physician (PCP) tend to live healthier and longer lives. For women, this PCP role is sometimes fulfilled by an OB/GYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist). By regularly seeing your doctor, you have the benefit of a physician familiar with your health history, health goals and the status of your individual health conditions.
A well woman exam plays an extremely important role in preventative care. My OBGyne’s uniquely qualified physicians are dedicated to providing women with their best choice for routine checkups and exams—including well woman exams. Schedule your well woman exam today!
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