Ringing in the New Year is a time to reflect on the year that was and make a promise to yourself to do just a little bit better in the next 365 days. While resolutions seem doomed to fail because they are often unrealistic, set yourself up for success by making a pledge to take care of yourself in 2019 and schedule your well woman’s exam.
Well Woman’s Exam
A well woman’s exam is an important part of your overall healthcare and a time for you and your healthcare practitioner to discuss your overall health, preventive measures, and perform screenings. Well woman’s examinations are tailored to each woman and her age, family history, and past health history.
What to Expect
Prepare yourself for your well woman’s exam by knowing what to expect during your visit. It will consist of your doctor or nurse asking you questions, possibly conducting tests and screenings, and performing physical examinations.
A review of your past medical history and family history will help the doctor or nurse to determine what types of care you may need. They will likely ask you a series of questions about your menstrual cycle, any medical conditions you may have, medical problems your family members have had, and your sexual history.
Tests and Preventive Screenings
A variety of tests and preventive screenings may be conducted, based on what is appropriate for you, including:
- Pap smear
- Sexually transmitted disease screening
- Bone density test
- Cholesterol test
Your doctor or nurse will check your height, weight, and blood pressure. Other elements of the physical exam may include:
Your doctor will examine your breasts to check for lumps or irregularities in your breast tissue. It is important to check your breasts for lumps or irregularities between visits. Ask your doctor how to preform self-exams if you are unsure.
A pelvic examination allows your doctor to inspect your internal and external genitalia.
Other Health Concerns
You should feel free to discuss any health concerns openly and honestly with your doctor or nurse during your well woman exam. Your health care provider is a trusted professional who is obligated to keep your health information private, so you should not feel embarrassed to ask about any health concern.
Preventive care is important to maintain your health and well-being and to prevent disease. Make yourself a priority in the new year by contacting Clinica Las Americas to schedule your well woman’s exam.