In addition to taking your blood pressure and measuring your height and weight, your doctor asks about your menstrual period, general health, family history, birth control methods, and sexual activity.
During the exam, your doctor performs tests and exams. If your doctor is male, a female nurse stays in the exam room with you.
During your physical, the doctor will perform a breast exam. During a breast exam, your doctor checks your breasts to determine any possible problems, e.g., a lump. They will palpate (gently press) each breast and show you how to perform a monthly self-exam at home.
The doctor will perform an external genital exam. While a sheet covers you, the doctor or assistant will ask you to recline and place your feet in the exam table’s stirrups. At that time, your doctor will check the appearance of your genitals for discharge, sores, lesions, or unusual color. Ask the doctor if you have any concerns.