What is a well-woman exam?
The annual well-woman exam is a cornerstone of preventive care in gynecological medicine. Depending on where you’re at in life, it’s an opportune time to learn more about your birth control options, receive preconception counseling, talk about fertility problems, or get help with menopause symptoms.
Your gynecologist at Total Woman Care will also cover some of the most important aspects of your health, including:
- General health: Depending on your age and health history, your well-woman exam may include screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, bone density, and other common conditions.
- Cancer screenings: When recommended, you’ll undergo routine screenings for breast and cervical cancer; you may also have a colon cancer screening.
- Menstrual cycle issues: Your well-woman exam is the perfect time to discuss menstrual cycle abnormalities, including heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, or irregular periods.
- Vaccinations: You may also receive your annual flu shot or a vaccination to protect you from HPV.
- Sexual infection screening: If you’re concerned about sexually transmitted infections (STI), you can request STI screenings, including tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, or any other infection that’s spread through sexual contact.
- Concerns about sex: If you have any concerns about sex, including questions about painful intercourse, libido problems, or hormonal changes, you can address them during your exam.
- Weight control: Your gynecologist can also help you understand how regular physical activity and optimal nutrition can help you maintain a healthy body weight as you approach menopause.