Well Woman Exam
As a woman, you take on many roles throughout your life, and it is imperative to stay healthy in order to thrive throughout each new challenge. At OCWMG, the terms Well Woman/Annual/Yearly Exam all refer to the annual women's preventative health care appointment. It gives you the unique opportunity to learn more beneficial health habits, complete preventative health screenings and develop a long term relationship with your physician. During your visit, your doctor will go over your health and lifestyle behaviors and will perform a physician exam of your pelvis and breasts. A well woman exam is comprised of four parts: Health history, physical exam, breast and pelvic exam.
Most women's health visits begin with a consultation to discuss your current and past health history. Your doctor may ask about any pregnancies you've had or plan to have. Eating and exercise routines may also be discussed, along with potential health risks for such habits as smoking. Your doctor will also review your immunization records to make sure that your immunizations are all up to date.
After the initial consultation, your doctor will proceed with a physical examination. In addition to measuring your blood pressure and body mass index test, your doctor will evaluate your general health in these areas:
Lungs and heart
Bones and spine
The purpose of a breast exam during a Well Woman visit isn't meant to replace regular mammogram screenings.
This exam is a surface inspection performed by hand, where a doctor checks for conditions such as dimpling, nipple inversion, redness, soreness, rashes, or swelling. Your doctor may also feel for any lumps or thickening in the breasts.
During the pelvic exam, your doctor will examine the external and internal parts of the reproductive system like the vulva, labia's, the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. Your physician may also perform a pap smear. This is a procedure where a small sample of cells is collected from your cervix. The results of a pap smear are typically sent to a lab for analysis.
For women who have experienced menopause, your doctor may spend some time discussing issues such as bladder function, hot flashes and issues with sexuality. Your doctor may also order a bone density for signs of osteoporosis.
Concerns that are outside of your Annual Exam
Since the well woman exam covers your general health and review of your health history, you may have a concern that takes more time to discuss than your annual exam. This may be a new problem found at the time of your annual exam or a particular change to your lifestyle that affects your health that needs addressing in more detail than the time permits.
We want to allow you the time you need to discuss your concern and for your doctor to coordinate any additional care that is appropriate. For these additional concerns, a separate appointment may be needed.
Schedule your well woman exam visit today! Your first step in ensuring your health and wellness for the future.
Getting your annual well woman is fundamental to wellness, health promotion and early disease detection throughout your life.
Schedule your annual well women exam appointment today.