Routine physicals, such as your annual well-woman exam, are critical to effective preventive health care. At Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami, Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon offer comprehensive well-woman appointments including pelvic exams, Pap smears, breast exams, and more. If you’re due for your annual well-woman appointment, call or schedule online today.
A well-woman exam is an annual physical specifically designed for women and women’s health issues. This appointment is more than just an opportunity to get your Pap smear; it’s a chance to check in with your trusted doctor, talk about your health and overall well-being, and develop a strong relationship.
These visits allow your doctor to keep detailed records of your health which can help identify any changes that indicate a health problem.
For example, high blood pressure doesn’t typically cause any noticeable symptoms. But if your doctor sees an upward trend in your blood pressure levels, he can recommend lifestyle changes or medication to keep you healthy.
Young women should start to see a gynecologist for well-woman check-ups when they’re as young as 13, at the onset of menstruation, or if they’ve become sexually active.
While they don’t need pelvic exams this early, it's helpful to develop a trusted relationship with a doctor and to have frank, but age-appropriate, conversations about physical development, sexual health, and preventive care.
Well-woman exams start like any other physical. A nurse checks your height, weight, and blood pressure. Then your doctor checks your other vital signs such as your breathing and heart rate. Be prepared to answer questions about any changes you’ve noticed since your last appointment.
If necessary, the doctor performs a pelvic exam, Pap smear test, and a breast exam. While the general advice is that women over the age of 21 should have these tests annually, some women may not need them so frequently. Your doctor provides specific advice on how often you should have these tests done.
Finally, you talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your health. This is an excellent opportunity to speak to a medical professional about how you can improve your health.
Many health conditions, like cervical cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and high blood pressure don’t cause any symptoms in their early, and more easily treated, stages. The routine screenings you have at a well-woman exam are the only way to monitor for conditions like these.
If it’s time for your annual visit to the gynecologist for a well-woman exam, don’t hesitate. Call Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami, or book an appointment online today.