Why is your Well Woman Exam so important?With all of the responsibilities women have to deal with in their daily lives, well woman care can fall by the wayside. Unfortunately this often has negative consequences for a woman’s health, vitality and quality of life. A regular Well Woman Check can help preventing cervical cancer caused by HPV, protecting fertility, breast diseases and in some cases gestational diabetes. Women who prioritize well woman care are also less likely to develop sexually transmitted illnesses and experience unwanted pregnancy. Make your health a priority. Schedule your Well Women Exam at one of our 3 convenient locations. Our agents are here 24/7 to assist you.
Physical ScreeningYour height. weight. & blood pressure will be taken. You will be asked your age, your most recent menstrual period, questJons about any pregnancy experiences, yoLK form of birth control and a review of your family history will be asked for good measure.
Physical ExamDunng ttvs part of the exam you’ll he down and your breast examinat10n will start and your abdomen may be gently pressed. Ask your physician how to perform your own breast exam at home.
External Genital ExamWhile laying down and covered by a sheet, you will be asked to place your feet in the stirrups. The practiti-oner will h? the sheet & check your genitals for unusuaJ color or tone, sores, lesions or discharge. If you have concerns. feel free to ask for a mirror and show the provider any areas that concern you.
Vaginal Exam & Pap TestA medical instrument called a speculum w,11 then be inserted into the vagina so the cervix can be seen. As part of the vaginal exam the provider will use a sman brush to collect a ? of surface tissue from the vagina. This sample will be used to test for cervical cancer & certain types of infection.
Bi-Manual ExamOnce the speculum is removed the physic,an will check the size of your uterus, see 1f there is any pain when your cervix 1s moved, feel your ovaries and check for abnormalities ,n the pellllC area. This part of the exam is done manually with the practitioner using lubricated gloves.
What is Included in a Well Women Exam?
Breast ExamThe breasts are inspected for changes in shape, skin texture, nipple discharge and lumps. We’ll also discuss self-breast exam methods for you to work into your routine. Depending upon your age, a mammogram and a bone density test may be requested.
Pelvic Exam & Pap SmearThe vagina and labia are inspected for lesions and discharges. A speculum is placed in the vagina to evaluate the upper vagina and to perform a HPV test and the PAP smear. Cultures may be obtained for STD screening. The uterus and ovaries are examined.
Contraceptive CounselingA Well Woman Exam includes a discussion about birth control options with your provider. We offer oral contraception, intrauterine devices, etonogestrel implants and certain surgical options if needed.
Please check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered for yearly preventive exams, including a Pap smear and pelvic/breast exam. Different insurance policies have different rules for preventive care coverage. Most insurance companies allow for only one annual exam per 12-month period (and some will not pay for a visit even a few days before the year is up).
Standard fees for all Well Woman Exams are billed to all insurances, but what your insurance will cover is up to the health plan you signed up for. Deductibles, co-insurances, or co-payments my apply. It might happen that your plan has a high deductible or co-payment. We recommend getting familiar with the plan you signed up for, and your insurance benefits before the visit.