A well-woman exam is one of the best ways to establish a valuable relationship with a women’s health specialist as well as a way for them to detect any problems in their earliest stages. The caring and experienced practitioners at Advanced Women’s Health Specialists in Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, and Deltona, Florida, have been providing outstanding care for women of all ages for more than 25 years. Your well-woman visit is an opportunity to focus on your overall health and preventive care for a healthy reproductive system. Call or click online to schedule a well-woman exam today.
Also known as an annual exam, a well-woman exam is a yearly appointment with your women’s health practitioner so you can establish a comfortable relationship, talk about any concerns you have, and set health goals.
Your well-woman exam also includes screenings, evaluations, counseling, and immunizations, based on your age, risk factors, and overall health.
During your yearly well-woman exam, your practitioner typically performs a pelvic exam to examine your uterus and female organs. They may also conduct a Pap test, depending on your age and other factors, to screen for cervical cancer.
A breast exam is also part of a well-woman exam, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing may also be included, depending on whether or not you’re sexually active. You also have an opportunity to discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and learn how you can take precautions against STDs and other illnesses.
Additionally, if you have concerns about abnormal periods, birth control, or painful sex, you can express your concerns and talk about symptoms at your exam. Advanced Women’s Health Specialists focuses on patient education so you can make informed health decisions at every stage of your life.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends having your first well-woman exam when you’re 13-15 years old. At the first visit, you may simply have a talk with your provider about your period regularity, sexual activity, and overall health. You may also have a general physical exam and an external genital exam.
In most cases, you won’t need a pelvic exam at your first well-woman visit unless you’re having pain or abnormal bleeding. Your provider may perform blood tests or request a urine sample. You might also receive vaccinations appropriate for your age and other factors.
Your provider tailors the well-woman visit to your specific needs. Beginning well-woman exams as a teenager helps to ensure that you continue on a healthy path with your health and reproductive organs as you get older.
To schedule a well-woman exam, contact the Advanced Women’s Health Specialists office closest to you by phone or schedule an exam through the online booking feature.