What is a Well Women Exam?
Your well women visit is a one to one with your physician discussing you, your body, and your reproductive health. Well women visits are also called gynecological exams, pelvic exams, or annual exams. If you have a vulva, breasts, or a uterus, these visits are an important part of taking care of your health.
What is involved during a well women exam?
What happens during your well women exam depends on a few factors such as how old you are, your sexual history, and medical history.
You might visit about your period, especially if you’re worried about it being heavy, painful, or irregular. If your under 18, you may get some shots like the HPV vaccine.
If you’re sexually active, you may talk about birth control options or STD testing.
At the age of 21, you’ll start needing regular pelvic exams. Pap tests, and breast examinations. As you get older, or as your health changes, your well women exam will include other tests and referrals for stuff like mammograms.
One thing we hope you gain at Premier Women’s Health Center is a close and honest relationship with your physician. This way you feel comfortable talking about healthy relationships and other parts of your emotional health during your well women exam. The more honest you are, the better care we can provide you.
Do you have breasts and/or a vagina but don’t identify as a woman? Well it’s still a good idea to have these kinds of check-ups with your physician at Premier Women’s Health Center.
What kinds of questions will I be asked?
First, your physician will ask about your medical history and your family’s medical history.
This will ensure Premier Women’s Health Center is able to provide you with the care that’s right for you, so try to be as honest and complete as you can. You will be asked questions like these:
- When was your last period?
- How often do you have periods?
- How long do they last?
- Do you ever bleed/spot between periods?
- Do you have any unusual pain, itching, or discharge from your vagina or vulva?
- Do you have any other medical conditions?
- What medical problems do other members of your family have?
- Are you sexually active?
- Do you have sex with men, women, or both?
- Is sex ever painful?
- Do you bleed during or after sex?
- Are you using birth control?
- Do you think you might be pregnant?
- Do you want to get pregnant?
- What do you do to prevent STDs?
Your physician may also ask you about alcohol or other drug use, allergies, illnesses, infections, smoking, and any surgery you might have had. All these can affect your reproductive health, so please be honest.
It’s important to have a physician that you can trust and be open with. We believe Dr. Christiane Ennis is that women and Premier Women’s Health Center is the place.
Your well women exam is also a time for you to ask questions as well! Your physician at Premier Women’s Health Center will answer any questions you might have about:
- Birth control
- Bleeding or pain after sex
- Irregular periods
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy tests
- Tests for STDs
- Vaginal discharge/smell
Make sure to ask your physician all the questions you want. If you’re in need of some test, we are usually able to take care of those during your appointment.