What are well-woman exams?
Well-woman exams are yearly examinations that address concerns related to your sexual and reproductive health. Even if you’re perfectly healthy and have no current symptoms or questions, you should keep up on these regular visits so your OB/GYN can identify early signs of gynecological health issues.
At each well-woman exam, you also have the opportunity to ask questions about your sexual and reproductive health. Your provider can guide you to additional treatments and services that might benefit you. They can also discuss healthy lifestyle practices your body needs to function at its best.
Your well-woman exams may look a bit different from year to year, because you may need additional services during different stages of life. From your childbearing years to beyond menopause, the team at Yorktown Health provides the health care you need.
What happens during a well-woman exam?
The first part of your visit involves a discussion of your general health and a check of your weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and urine.
After the initial physical, your provider performs a pelvic examination. They visually examine your external genitalia and check your reproductive organs during your internal pelvic exam. Depending on your age and how often you need a Pap smear, you may also have this test to screen for signs of cervical cancer. Your OB/GYN also performs a clinical breast exam.
Depending on your age, your lifestyle, your health, and other factors, these other components may be a part of your well-woman exam visits:
- Birth control management and family planning
- A mammogram
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing
- Pregnancy testing
- Diagnostics and treatment for abnormal menstruation
The team at Yorktown Health performs these services in a caring manner so that you’re comfortable and confident in the care you receive. If they find anything unusual during your exam, they may order further tests like a urinalysis, blood work, or ultrasound imaging.
How often do I need a well-woman exam?
Generally, the team at Yorktown Health recommends getting a well-woman exam once a year. However, depending on your health concerns and risks, they might suggest having more frequent visits if that’s in your best interest.
For more information on well-woman exams and the benefits of getting them regularly, call Yorktown Health or book your next exam online today.