Your well-woman exam is your one-on-one time with your dedicated OB/GYN to ensure you’re in optimal health and to run preventive screenings. Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, offers comprehensive well-woman exams for women of all ages — from young teens through seniors. While well-woman exams change depending on your age, they’re tailored to help you lead the healthiest life possible. Click on the online scheduler or call the office directly to book your well-woman exam.
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Your entire well-woman visit revolves around you and your body, though the structure of each exam changes based on your age and health. The dedicated OB/GYN team at Women’s Healthcare Group offers a first well-woman exam between the ages of 13 and 15, around the time of a first period and puberty. If you are having no symptoms of concern with your period, you can wait for this exam until you are thinking of being sexually active.
A teen’s first well-woman exam may only include a discussion between them and the doctor. They may discuss menstrual periods, sexual intercourse, family dynamics, and what to expect in the coming years as their body experiences changes. Certain exams may also occur.
As women get older, well-woman annual visits evolve to include further examinations and counseling such as:
Women’s Healthcare Group practitioners often suggest getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to lower your risk of developing cervical cancer. You usually get your first HPV vaccine around ages 11-12, although all young women between 13-26 who have not been vaccinated or who have not completed the HPV vaccination series should also have the injections.
Above all, a well-woman exam is a time for you to talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have regarding your body, reproductive health, and sexual activity, to name a few.
Up until about the age of 75 to 80, or as recommended, you need annual well-woman exams. During most of these visits after age 21, you often have a pelvic exam or Pap smear (sometimes both). For these evaluations, you need to lie back on the exam table and place your feet on stirrups on either side of the table.
Your OB/GYN places a speculum inside your vagina to hold open your vaginal walls. Using a small brush, they gently take a sample of cells from your cervix. Next, the pelvic exam involves looking at your vulva and checking your internal organs with a gloved hand. Your practitioner places one or two gloved, lubricated fingers in your vagina and up to your cervix. They use the other hand to press on your abdomen from the outside.
The entire pelvic exam and Pap test portion of your well-woman exam — if needed — takes just a couple minutes.
What your well-woman exam consists of depends on several factors, including your age, sexual history, and medical history. To help gauge the type of care that’s perfect for you, your dedicated OB/GYN at Women’s Healthcare Group may need to know the following information.
It’s also helpful to know your immunization history, since your OB/GYN can administer vaccines, including the HPV vaccine, during your well-woman exam. Lastly, try to avoid scheduling your well-woman exam during your menstrual period, especially if you know you’re due for a Pap test. Your menstrual period could affect the outcome of your Pap results.
For more information about your next well-woman exam, call Women’s Healthcare Group or book an appointment online today.