Well-woman exams are important for women at all ages and the first step in wellness, health promotion, and disease identification. Healthy living and early detection of disease increases not only your length of life but, more importantly, your quality of living. The annual well-woman check up is tailored for each person depending on her stage of life and her symptoms and is an important part of preventive care.
Our Well-Woman exam is also more than a Pap test. It includes:
- Complete medical history review. For existing patients, you will be asked to update your history of recent surgeries, hospitalizations, medications, allergies and changes in family history.
- Complete physical exam that will include measuring your height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure and a pelvic and manual breast exam.
- Cervical cancer screening that includes a Pap Smear and possible HPV screening if appropriate. Important: in order to ensure accurate results, we ask all women who are scheduled for a well woman exam to have nothing in the vagina at least 48 hours prior to the examination. This includes abstaining from intercourse, tampon use, creams, douching, etc
- Other lab tests as indicated
- Update of current medications, herbs, and supplements (bring list)
- Need for medication refills
- Evaluation of need for health screening tests based on age and personal and family history (such as mammogram, test for sexually transmitted diseases and colon cancer screening)
- Update of life and work situation
- Discussion of health maintenance issues such as beneficial life style habits and available community support services.
- Opportunity to ask questions
Always remember to discuss your health care concerns with one of our physicians or healthcare providers, as this is your best source for advice on healthy living. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive medical care and we look forward to seeing you on a regular basis.
"What if I'm having my period?"
You can still keep this appointment. The new Pap smear technology allows your provider to perform a Pap smear even if you are menstruating. However, if the bleeding is heavy, please call to reschedule your appointment.