Liberty Women

Well-Woman Exam

Why do I need a well-woman exam?

When it comes to your overall well-being, it’s hard to ignore the effect that your reproductive health has on your well-being. As a woman, your body is designed to reproduce, and there are many systems involved in this endeavor. From uniquely female organs to reproductive hormones that have an appreciable effect on your physical and mental health, women have different health and wellness issues than their male counterparts.

It’s for this reason, that entire fields of medicine are devoted to women’s health-namely obstetrics and gynecology. At the core of gynecologic care are regular well-woman exams, during which our doctors monitor your reproductive health, intervening when necessary to prevent small issues from becoming larger problems. AS a preventive tool, well-woman exams
should be a part of every woman’s health regimen.

How often should I have a well-woman exam?

Most women should have a well-woman exam once a year. That is why a well-woman exam used to be referred to as an annual. If you have a health issue that your doctor wants to monitor more closely, she may ask you to return more often. As well, if anything comes up between visits that you’re unsure about, the OB/GYNs at Liberty Women OB/GYN are always available.

To stay one step ahead of health concerns, call to schedule your well-woman exam or use the online form to request an appointment.

What happens during a well-woman exam?

When you first come into Liberty Women OB/GYN, one of our medical assistant staff records your vital statistics, which are valuable for tracking your health year to year. Once this information is recorded, one of our physicians sits down with you to review your health any concerns you may have. This information will guide your doctor during your pelvic exam, so be sure to bring up any issue, no matter how small it may seem.

It’s during this time that you can also discuss planning and protection needs with your doctor, such as birth control, sexual health and protection, and pregnancy preparation. Our doctors take their time with each of their patients to ensure that all questions are answered, and each need is met.

Next up is our breast and pelvic exam, which allows your doctor to take a closer look at your reproductive organs by taking a swab of your cervix for a Pap test if you’re due.