A comprehensive well-woman exam does more than provide your yearly gynecological examination; annual exams focus on preventive health care.
When your doctor detects subtle changes hinting at a problem at an early stage, you can prevent or treat them long before they turn into a significant condition. Your doctor can identify these changes when you go in for routine health care.
Here’s one more good reason to schedule an annual physical: This is dedicated time to talk with your doctor — whether you have concerns about your sex life, weight loss, or dealing with anxiety.
Your annual exam includes all of the basics of preventive health care.
Your doctor measures your weight, blood pressure, and heart rate and checks your heart and lungs. Your doctor may also order lab tests to check for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and thyroid conditions.
During a well-woman exam, you also receive some or all of the following services:
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exam with Pap smear
- Blood tests, as required
- Screening for chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
- Family planning, including preconception counseling and birth control
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases
- Risk assessment for osteoporosis
Depending on your age and overall health, your doctor at Boerne Family Medicine may recommend immunizations or specialized screenings, such as a mammogram to look for breast cancer.
While they’re not routinely part of an annual well-woman exam, the doctors at Boerne Family Medicine provide many other services that you may want to include during your checkup:
Your levels of estrogen can begin to drop any time during your 40s or 50s, causing symptoms long before you reach menopause. Talk to your doctor during your annual exam if you experience:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Low sex drive
Urinary incontinence is a common problem that develops as women age. Medical solutions are available and can be discussed during your well-woman exam.
The team at Boerne Family Medicine are dedicated to providing weight-loss support, nutritional counseling, and help with diets.
Please stay in charge of your health and wellness — call or book a well-woman exam with Boerne Family Medicine online.