Importance of the Annual Well Woman Exam
A Well Woman Exam is a preventive annual gynecological and breast exam. Well Women Exams are extremely important in preventive care and early detection of diseases. Our doctors are all-female OB/GYN experts, highly skilled in diagnosing and treating any and all OB/GYN conditions.
A Well Woman Exam includes:
During the Breast Exam, the breasts are inspected for changes in shape, skin texture, nipple discharge and lumps. Depending upon age, a mammogram and a bone density test may also be requested.
PELVIC EXAM & PAP SMEAR
During a pelvic exam, the 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 also be obtained to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, depending on age, and other circumstances. The uterus and ovaries are also examined.
A Well Woman Exam includes a discussion about birth control options with your provider.
What is a PAP test (smear)?
Pap smear or Pap test is a screening procedure a doctor uses to test for cervical cancer in women and it also reveals changes in cervical cells that may develop into cancer later. For a Pap test cells from the cervix (opening of the uterus) are gently scraped. After that they are sent to a laboratory where they are examined for abnormal growth.
It takes 3-7 days for the results to come back from the laboratory after a Pap test is performed in the office. If the results are normal, they are sent to the Complete Women Care Patient portal where patients can review them. In case the results are abnormal, one of our team members will call you to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.
WHAT WILL MY INSURANCE COVER?
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).
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A NEW PROBLEM OR WANT TO DISCUSS A CHRONIC CONDITION DURING MY WELL WOMAN EXAM?
Unfortunately, scheduled appointment times do not allow for both. Insurances require healthcare providers to separate Well Woman Exams from problem visits, including detailed discussions of chronic conditions. In the case that a new problem is present during a well woman exam, we always suggest patients to use the appointment to discuss their problems, especially if it is an urgent issue, and to reschedule their Well Woman Exam to the first next appointment available.
I HAVE INSURANCE BUT YOU SENT ME AN INVOICE!
Complete Women Care bills the standard fees for all Well Woman Exams to all insurances, but what your insurance will cover is up to the health plan you signed up for. Your deductible, co-insurance, or co-payments may apply. So yes, it might happen that you have high deductible or co-payment. We recommend getting familiar with the plan you signed up for, and your insurance benefits before the visit.