What is included in your well woman exam?
• Physical Exam – blood pressure, pulse and weight check
• Breast Exam – your Physician will check for breast lumps, skin changes on the breasts, or any irregularities you have noticed in your own breasts.
• Pelvic Exam – your Physician will examine your reproductive organs to determine the size and position of your ovaries, uterus and cervix. This can help detect any issues with the vaginal tract, uterus and ovaries.
• Pap Smear – The pap smear is used to screen for cervical cancer – this is done during the pelvic exam portion of the exam. We recommend patients have their first pap smear at age 21. Depending on your age, a pap smear is done every 2-3 years just as long as your previous pap smear was normal.
• Fasting Labs – it is optional for you to do this at your well woman exam – it is recommended to have fasting labs drawn every 2 years after the age of 26. It is a way for your physician to check on kidney and liver functions, screen for thyroid disease and diabetes, and check on your cholesterol for heart health. If you have already done this with your PCP, then it is not necessary to do this again at your annual exam. We recommend fasting (nothing to eat or drink except water) for at least 6 hours prior to getting your fasting labs drawn.
• STD Screening – we are able to screen for sexually transmitted diseases at your annual exam. This is done at the time of your pelvic exam and may also include blood work. Every insurance provider is different on the coverage of these tests so check with your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to see if they are covered with your well woman exam.