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Well-Woman Exam

We are excited to announce that we now offer a Well-Woman Exam with Pap Smear, Breast Exam, STD screening, and Family Planning Contraceptive Consultation (oral, injectable, and implant such as Nexplanon insertion/exchange/removal).

What is a Well-Woman Exam?

A Well-Woman examination is a general health exam for women of all ages that focuses on screening you for breast and gynecological diseases. This exam
focuses on you, your body, and your overall health, specifically reproductive health and is an important step in preventative care.

What happens during a Well-Woman Exam?

A Well-woman exam is both a physical exam and a conversation with your doctor or nurse practitioner. The physical exam is described below in more detail, but the conversation with your doctor or nurse practitioner is an opportunity for you to speak to them about any health concerns you may have or any new health problems that you’ve noticed in the past few months.

Some ideas of things you might want to discuss with your doctor or nurse practitioner include:

  • Contraception
  • Blood pressure or cholesterol screening
  • Pre or post-pregnancy counseling
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Diet and nutrition
  • STI screening

What does a Well-woman exam include?

Different clinics will vary slightly, but generally will include some (or all) of the following elements:

  • Standard Vital Signs

If you haven’t seen your doctor in the last 6-12 months then they’ll likely get a new set of clinical readings from you which includes your heart rate, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index.

  • Pelvic examination and/or speculum

The pelvic exam is made up of three different parts: A bimanual exam (an exam of the internal genitalia), a speculum exam and/or a pap smear test. Depending on your age, overall health, and medical history, your doctor may not find it necessary to do every part of this exam. Pelvic exams will let your doctor pick up any abnormal lumps or bumps, irregular vaginal discharge, or abnormal bleeding. This is especially important for women in their reproductive years who are: sexually active, thinking of starting a family, and women going through menopause. Even if you’ve recently had a pap smear or speculum and are not due for another one anytime soon, it’s still important to schedule a Well-woman exam.

  • Clinical breast examination

Your doctor or nurse practitioner will palpate the breast tissue to feel for any lumps, skin changes or discharge – all of which may signal cancer. The breast
exam is brief and painless and usually takes less than 5 minutes. A mammogram will then be ordered based on a physical exam, and age-appropriate screening recommendations.

How long will the whole exam take?

The physical portion of the exam takes approximately 10-15 minutes. There is also time before and after the exam to ask and answer any questions you and
your health care provider might have.

How do I prepare for the exam?

No special preparation is needed for a well-woman exam. Just bring a list of any questions you want to ask your doctor or a list of things you would like to
discuss. Some clinics may ask you to bring along a urine sample to make things go a little faster but that’s it! Don’t forget, a list of your current medications is also helpful.

I’m still not sure if I need to have a Well-woman exam

A well-woman exam is one of the most important steps that women of all ages can take to protect their health. If you’re still not sure if you need the exam or not, call your clinic and spend a few minutes speaking to one of the health care practitioners. They’ll be able to answer any questions or concerns you have. 

Remember, during your exam ask lots of questions. Asking questions and raising concerns helps your doctor know what’s important to you and what they should screen you for. Their goal is to help you maintain your overall health so don’t be afraid to bring up whatever medical issues are on your mind.