Have your annual Well Woman Check appointment coming up? Unsure what to expect? Read on below!
Your well woman check is the perfect time to have an honest, open conversation with your medical provider on topics such as your body and how it may be changing; acne; diet and exercise; cramps and/or problems with your period; emotional ups and downs; sex and sexuality; birth control; sexually transmitted infections; alcohol, drugs and smoking; and more.
Women should start seeing a medical provider around the time when they become sexually active or if they experience any problems with their period. If you haven’t had a well woman check by age 21, you should schedule an appointment.
Your visit may include the following:
- Physical screening
- Blood pressure
- Menstrual period
- Previous pregnancies, miscarriages and/or abortions
- Use of birth control
- Personal and family history
- Physical exam
- Heart, lungs, thyroid and breast exam
- External genital exam (checking for unusual color or tone, sores, lesions or discharge)
- Vaginal exam (speculum is inserted into the vagina so that the cervix can be examined)
- Pap test (a small brush collects a sample of surface tissue from the cervix to check for cervical cancer and certain types of infection)
If you have any questions prior to your well woman check, please don’t hesitate to contact us!