An annual well-woman exam allows your gynecologist to check your reproductive health. Even if you are not sexually active, a well woman exam has many other benefits, including screening for cancer and checking for abnormalities in your reproductive system. If you are sexually active and have questions about birth control or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), this is the perfect place to ask them.

A well woman exam typically includes a physical exam, pelvic exam, pap smear, and breast exam.

Physical Exam

This is the same general overview of your health that you’ll get if you visit a general medicine practitioner. It includes measurements of height, weight, and blood pressure, plus questions about your medical history, diet, lifestyle, and anything else relevant to your reproductive health.

Pelvic Exam

Pelvic exams are recommended as soon as a woman becomes sexually active or after age 21. They are a simple visual check of your reproductive organs to look for cancer, ovarian cysts, signs of STDs, and anything out of the ordinary.

Pap Smear

These are recommended every three to five years and involve gathering cells from your cervix using a swab. These cells are tested for signs of cervical cancer. Any cancer is easier to treat if it is caught early.

Breast Exam

Regular breast exams are very important to check for signs of breast cancer. They involve moving the hand in a circular motion around the breast to check for lumps. You can also do this yourself at home.

An annual well woman exam is not only essential to safeguard your reproductive health. It is a safe, nonjudgmental space where you can ask questions and be honest with your gynecologist. Call our office to schedule your well woman exam today.