What To Expect From Your Well-Woman Exam
posted: Dec. 07, 2022.
Annual preventive care for women focuses on your general and reproductive health, and these examinations are an important part of your healthcare. From the time that you are in your mid-teenage years, you should start having well-woman screenings from an Arcadia, CA, women’s health clinic. At Rose Women’s Health in Arcadia, CA, Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau offer well-woman exams, as well as family planning, fibroid treatments, infertility support, and other reproductive health services. Knowing what to expect from your well-woman exam helps you feel more comfortable with this important part of your care.
Your well-woman appointment starts with a review of your medical history and a physical examination. This helps Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau to evaluate your overall health, manage any health issues, and determine your risk for certain medical problems. After the physical examination, we focus on aspects of your reproductive health.
A breast exam includes manually checking for abnormalities, as well as referrals for a mammogram. During the manual exam, we check for any differences in the size and shape of your breasts, as well as any lumps in your breasts. We also examine your skin, nipples, and areola. We also explain how to perform a daily breast exam at home and answer your questions about breast health and breastfeeding. Most women should start having mammograms around 40 years old, and women who are 50 or older should have mammograms every two years.
Well-woman screenings in Arcadia, CA, include pelvic exams to evaluate your reproductive system, including your pelvis, vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, vulva, ovaries, bladder, cervix, and rectum. The exam may include a urine sample and a Pap test. Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau recommend that women who are at least 21 years old have a pelvic exam every one to three years. The exam may be recommended for younger females who are experiencing specific symptoms, such as heavy periods and menstrual pain.
Do Well-Woman Exams Hurt?
Well-woman exams are quite comfortable. You may experience some mild discomfort during the pelvic exam. Let Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau know if you are uncomfortable during the exam.
Well-woman screenings in Arcadia, CA, are an important part of your healthcare at every stage of life. Learn more about the exams by calling Rose Women’s Health at (626) 461-7071. We will answer your questions and schedule an appointment with Dr. Rose or Dr. Gau at our office in Arcadia, CA.