Annual Exam / Well-Woman Visit
An annual gynecologic exam, also known as a well-woman visit, is a yearly checkup to monitor your health and well-being. Going to your annual exam is one of the most empowering things you can do because you are being proactive in your wellness.
When should annual exams begin?
Annual exams usually begin between the ages of 13 and 15. These first appointments are generally discussions between the healthcare provider and patient.
What can I expect at an annual exam?
Every patient has different needs and our providers will tailor your care to what stage of life you are in.
All patients can expect:
- Breast and pelvic exams beginning at the age of 19
- Pap tests beginning at the age of 21
Additional topics that can be evaluated and discussed at annual exams include:
- Vaccinations: You can receive vaccinations for the flu, HPV, and more.
- Health Screening: blood pressure, diabetes, bone density, osteoporosis, and other conditions can be screened for.
- Cancer Screening: find out about breast cancer, colon cancer, and other types of cancers and discover how you can be proactive in prevention.
- Depression Screening: Depression is a serious illness with varying degrees of severity. Your healthcare provider can talk with you about your symptoms and provide information on next steps.
- Issues with menstruation: Irregular periods, painful periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and heavy bleeding can all interfere with daily life. Your healthcare provider can help you manage issues with menstruation.
- Birth Control: Learn about the different methods of birth control and which one is right for you.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening: Many sexually transmitted infections can be cured and others have treatments available to effectively manage symptoms.
- Concerns about sex: Talk with your doctor about any issues with intercourse, pain during sex, shifts in interest or responses to sex, as well as different forms of sex.
- Weight control: Find out your body mass index (BMI) and how lifestyle adaptions in diet and exercise can contribute to maintaining a healthy BMI.
- Preconception counseling: If you are planning to become pregnant your healthcare provider can talk with you about your diet, lifestyle, and medical and family histories to help you prepare for pregnancy.
- Other reasons: Many other healthcare topics can be addressed at your annual exam including managing menopause symptoms, urinary incontinence, and relationship problems.
To schedule your annual exam Find an OB/GYN