You should have a well-woman exam once a year to check in on your overall health and to have any necessary screenings like Pap smears. The team at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, Maryland, including Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, and Tanya Ghatan, MD, offer friendly and compassionate well-woman exams to women of all ages. If you’re due for a checkup, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Your annual well-woman exam is an opportunity to check in on your health and have the preventive health screenings that help your doctor monitor changes in your health and well-being. It’s your chance to talk to your doctor about any health concerns or changes you’ve noticed and to make sure you’re as healthy and fit as possible.
Many conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cervical cancer don’t cause any symptoms in their early and more easily treated stages, so the health screenings you have at your well-woman exam are often the only way to monitor those conditions. And if your blood pressure or glucose levels are getting higher or if you have abnormal Pap smear results, you and your doctor can devise a plan to get your health back on track.
You should have a well-woman exam, including a pelvic exam and breast exam, every year. However, depending on your age and risk factors, you may not need to have a Pap smear or mammogram at every visit. Your Capital Women’s Care doctor will let you know how often you should have certain health screenings.
Your well-woman exam begins like other checkups. Your doctor or nurse checks your height, weight, and blood pressure. Then, your doctor listens to your heart and lungs and looks into your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. They’ll feel your abdomen and lymph nodes and talk to you about any changes you’ve noticed or health concerns you have.
Then, your doctor will perform a breast exam to check for lumps and a pelvic exam to feel for abnormalities on your uterus and ovaries. If necessary, they’ll perform a Pap smear to collect cells to check for any abnormalities like cancerous or precancerous cells and signs of HPV (human papillomavirus).
You can talk to your doctor about birth control, STDs, or your plans for having a family as well as your general health concerns during your well-woman exam. While the gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care specialize in the female reproductive system, they want to help you improve and maintain your overall health and well-being.
Call or schedule your next well-woman exam online now.