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What’s Included in a Well Woman’s Exam

What’s Included in a Well Woman’s Exam

A well women’s exam is your first line of defense against potentially serious issues that affect your reproductive health. At More MD, we offer comprehensive well woman exams in-office, so you can stay on top of your unique health needs.

These exams are important because many underlying conditions don’t show symptoms until they become advanced. Identifying issues early helps you get the treatment you need early when it’s likely more effective.

An overview of a well woman’s exam

A well woman’s exam is a preventive service that evaluates your reproductive and general health. The goals of the exam are to ensure you’re functioning optimally and that you’re free of acute and chronic conditions that can jeopardize your health.

You schedule this type of exam in addition to routine physicals and sick visits. We offer well woman exams in a comfortable office environment and recommend that you schedule one every year, from your teen years throughout adulthood.

What to expect during your well woman’s exam

During your well woman’s exam, our team will first spend time discussing your health since your last visit. They also review your personal and family medical history, your lifestyle, and your diet to identify risk factors that can affect your health.

As part of your physical exam, our providers will note important information about your health, such as your:

Your well woman’s exam will also include pelvic exam, which gives our team an opportunity to physically examine your reproductive organs. Our physicians will visually examine your vagina and manually feel your uterus and other reproductive organs for abnormalities.

At the time of your pelvic exam, our team can complete a Pap smear. This minimally invasive test involves collecting cells at the entrance to your cervix with a cotton swab. We send the sample to a medical lab to determine if there’s any changes in the cells that can indicate cancer.

To identify lumps or other warning signs of breast cancer, our physicians perform a manual breast exam. We can also refer you for routine mammograms to identify breast cancer in the earliest stages.

Other tests you may need during a well woman exam

In addition to a pelvic exam and Pap smear, you may need additional preventive screenings during your appointment.

We can screen for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like gonorrhea and human papillomavirus (HPV) through bloodwork, urinalysis, or other testing methods.

Your well woman exam is also a great time for you to discuss any other health concerns you have, so our team can determine if you need further testing or treatment. We can provide tips for improving your overall health through lifestyle changes and dietary modifications that support a healthy weight and reduce your risk for heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

When you need birth control to prevent unintended pregnancies, we can discuss which options are the right fit for you based on your plans for family, your lifestyle, and your health.

If it’s been longer than a year since your last well woman exam, schedule one today online or call the office of More MD nearest to you. 

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