Well Woman Exam: What You Can Expect
As the experts in women health care and treatment, we believe that we have what it takes to ensure that your health as a woman is always kept in check. For this reason, we advocate for Well Woman visits at Alliance ObGyn & Consultants LLC.
If it’s your first time to learn of the term “Well Woman”, don’t let the words intimidate you. It’s simply a health practice that every woman should undergo, which can add to one’s overall health goals.
For starters, how should we understand what a “Well Woman Exam” is?
The Well Woman Exam is a set of physical examinations administered by healthcare experts on women’s health. It’s all about finding out the overall health condition of a woman’s body, especially their reproductive health. A Well Woman Exam can be referred to as a few things. For example, these can be called gynecological exams while others call it pelvic exams or annual exams. The doctor will check the woman’s breasts, vulva, or uterus to find out if there is anything abnormal. Usually a pap smear is also performed. This depends on the date of your last pap smear of course. The pap smear consist of the practitioner taking a sample of cells from the lining of your cervix to test for any abnormalities, especially for cancer.
What can a woman expect when they will have their first-ever Well Woman exam?
Every patient’s experience is unique. But the factors of age, medical history, and sexual history are mostly taken into consideration. The ideal age for a woman to undergo their first Well Woman visit is upon hitting the age of puberty, approximately at the age of 13-15.
These visits include a discussion with the doctor about their health condition while taking into consideration their height, weight, and of course, blood pressure. It can be scary and awkward at first talking about your monthly period, sexual lifestyle, and even sexually transmitted diseases, but it is necessary for the health practitioner to get a full scope of your history to better treat you and understand you.
Depending on what the doctor finds, they may make recommendations and request a follow up visit. As the woman grows more mature, the physical exams also progress into pelvic tests, pap smear tests, and breast exams. Along the years, when the woman’s health also changes, these Well Woman visits can be the transition point to more serious tests such as mammograms.
However, it’s very vital for women to know that their doctor is their ally; hence, they’re encouraged to maintain a good relationship with them at all times. Among other issues, your doctor will also ask you about your history of alcohol and drug use, if any, and other illnesses or allergies, as well as smoking habits that you may have had. It is important that you give your honest answers so that the doctor can prescribe the right treatment for you when necessary.
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