Yearly well-woman exams allow you to learn more about your sexual health, plan for a pregnancy, and detect complications before you get any symptoms. At Physicians Medical Primary Care in San Jose, California, family physicians Gina Bui, MD, and Sveltlana Burkhead, MD, provide comprehensive well-woman exams to women of all ages. Request your next well-woman exam by phone or online at Physicians Medical Primary Care today.
A well-woman exam, also commonly called a women’s wellness exam, is a routine examination that your primary provider or gynecologist performs to check in on your feminine health. Physicians Medical Primary Care provides an open and trusting environment for you to learn about your sexual and reproductive health.
During a well-woman exam, your doctor can help you learn safe sex practices and select a form of birth control that works for you. You can also report any irregularities with your menstrual cycle or symptoms that you have.
Your doctor may ask you questions that seem personal, but it’s important to remember that the information they take during your well-woman exam can help you better understand your health and your body and protect your health.
Your well-woman visits at Physicians Medical Primary Care include a general physical exam and a few more components specific to women’s bodies. Your well-woman exam may include the following.
During a pelvic exam, your doctor examines the outer and inner parts of your reproductive organs. They use a tool called a speculum to expand your vaginal canal to view your cervix, uterus, and ovaries.
A breast exam checks for signs of breast cancer. You need regular breast exams starting around age 25. Your doctor can teach you to perform a simple breast examination at home.
A Pap smear or Pap test is a screening for cellular changes in your cervix that could indicate a risk for cervical cancer. Your doctor takes a sample of cells from your cervix and sends it to a lab for testing.
If you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get an STD test if even if you do not have symptoms. Your well-woman exam is the perfect opportunity to request an STD test.
Many doctors, including those at Physicians Medical Primary Care, advise you to start getting well-woman exams as early as 13 or 15. Pelvic exams and Pap smears should start around age 21.
Once you start getting well-woman exams, you should get them yearly. Annual visits allow you to ask any questions about your sexual or reproductive health that come up throughout the year. You can also report issues with your monthly cycle and identify problems with your health before they cause any major complications.
To request your next well-woman exam, call Physicians Medical Primary Care, or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.