ANNUAL WELL WOMAN EXAM Q & A
What is a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam is an opportunity to receive the screenings and up-to-date health education you need to stay happy and healthy. They are visits centered on the specific needs that women face, whether you’re in your teens or well beyond menopause.
Well-woman exams consist of a discussion of your personal and family health history, any current areas of concern, a physical exam, and a pelvic exam.
If your exam reveals signs of disease or other health issues, Dr. Kandinov discusses the need for additional screening and explain the available treatment paths. In most cases, early detection is a critical part of an effective treatment plan.
The remainder of your visit focuses on your specific health needs, which shift as you move through the phases of your life. Be as open and frank with Dr. Kandinov as possible, and feel free to bring in a list of written questions.
What are some examples of what to expect during a well-woman exam visit?
Your visit is structured around your current health needs. Those needs vary over time, but some of the available services during well-woman exams include:
- Breast exam
- Review of current medications
- Screening for sexually transmitted disease
- Birth control counseling and education
- Sexual health issues
- Menopause care
- Overview of fertility planning
- Necessary blood work and referral for other diagnostic tests (mammogram, bone density, breast ultrasound)
You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns you have with Dr. Kandinov during your appointment.
Do I need an annual well-woman exam even if I’m in good health?
Even healthy women can benefit from an annual well-woman examination. Your pelvic exam and Pap smear testing offer insight into your reproductive health and are essential tools to detect early signs of cervical cancer and other gynecologic issues.
In addition to screenings, your exam is also an opportunity to learn how to make the very most of your health and wellness. Advancements in research and medical technology occur at an astounding pace, and Dr. Kandinov can guide you toward the practices, tools, and treatments that are right for you.
Women have a unique set of medical needs, and those needs change as the years go by. Book your annual well-woman exam today to ensure that you remain happy, healthy, and thriving. You can set up your visit by phone, or try the easy online scheduling tool.