It’s easy to forget about or put off your well-woman exam when you feel fit and healthy, but you shouldn’t omit this critical part of your preventive health care. The team of experienced and compassionate gynecologists at Commonwealth OB-GYN offers well-woman exams for women of all ages at their comfortable and welcoming office in Brookline Village, Brookline, Massachusetts. Schedule your next well-woman exam today by calling the office.
A well-woman exam is the cornerstone of your preventive health care. This appointment provides an opportunity for the team at Commonwealth OB-GYN to check-in on your health and well-being.
During this exam, you receive health screenings like blood pressure readings, weight, breast exams, Pap smears, and blood panels. Your doctor will also look for other signs of disease and illness.
Your well-woman exam is also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about your health and wellness and get personalized advice on how you can improve or maintain your well-being. Your doctor is a valuable resource for health-related information.
Perhaps most importantly, regular well-woman exams help you build a trusting relationship with your gynecologist at Commonwealth OB-GYN. They get to know you and your health, making it easier to notice changes in your overall health, wellness or vital signs.
Well-woman exams are similar to a routine physical, but with a few extra tests and questions. When you arrive, you complete some paperwork and provide your insurance information.
Next, a medical assistant measures your height, weight, and blood pressure. Your doctor or nurse practitioner will ask questions about your personal and family medical history. Expect them to ask about changes in your health and your sex life. It’s important, to be honest about this information to provide you with the best possible care.
The next step is an assessment of your reproductive organs. This process typically starts with a breast exam to feel for lumps or abnormal tissue followed by a pelvic exam to evaluate the labia, vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. The exam may include a Pap smear to check for abnormal cells.
Before, during, and after your exam, you can ask questions and get advice about your health concerns.
You should have a well-woman exam annually. You might not need a Pap smear at every visit, and it’s possible you’ll need to schedule follow-up appointments for tests like mammograms or additional blood work.
If you haven’t had a well-woman exam within the last 12 months, call to schedule your appointment today.