Well Woman Exam Q & A
What is a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam is a lot like a physical. The difference, though, lies in the fact that during the well-woman visit, your doctor examines the parts of your body that make you uniquely female. That means this is an opportunity to get screened for conditions that only affect women, like cervical cancer, and talk with your doctor about changes only women experience, such as menopause.
The team at OB/GYN Associates of Miami has extensive experience personalizing well-woman exams to make them as effective, convenient, and comfortable as possible for each individual woman they see.
How often should I get a well-woman exam?
Like a physical, you should get your well-woman exam once a year. This way, you can get regularly screened for the health conditions that are most likely to impact you. Your well-woman exam will likely look different from year to year, too. For example, unless you have a heightened risk for cervical cancer, you’ll only need a Pap smear every three years.
By visiting OB/GYN Associates of Miami once a year, you give your doctor the chance to put together a personalized evaluation for you based on your specific needs, risk factors, and health goals.
What should I expect during my well-woman exam?
Generally, the well-woman exam consists of two parts:
A conversation with your doctor
During this portion of your exam, you talk with your doctor about your personal and family health history. You also discuss how you’ve been feeling lately and ask any questions you may have about your health or reproductive wellness. This is an opportunity to explore any changes you want to make, like a different form of birth control, preconception counseling, or treatment for menopause symptoms.
A physical exam
Your doctor also performs a physical exam. This usually includes a breast and pelvic exam, but the exact components of your physical exam and screenings may vary year to year based on your specific risk factors like your age, lifestyle, and family history of certain conditions.
A well-woman exam gives you an excellent way to make sure you’re getting the care and screenings you need to protect your health. To schedule yours, call OB/GYN Associates of Miami or book your well-woman appointment online today.