Well Woman Examination Questions and Answers
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An important aspect of meeting these needs is undergoing regular well-woman exams. These comprehensive examinations look at the many different interworking parts that affect a woman’s health.
What is covered under a well woman visit?
Well-woman exams cover the following areas:
Health Habits and History: Before the physical exam, the examining physician will ask a few questions about your overall health. These questions may cover topics like your:
- Medical history and family health history
- Sexual health and sexual partners
- Eating habits and physical activity
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Use of any medicines, vitamins, minerals, or herbs
- Mental health history, including depression
- Relationships and safety
Physical Exam: The physician will examine your body, including:
- Measuring your height and weight
- Calculating your body mass index (BMI) to see if you are at a healthy weight
- Checking your blood pressure
- Taking your temperature
- Doing a clinical breast exam, which includes feeling the breasts and underarms for lumps or other anomalies
- Doing a pelvic exam, which includes looking at the vagina and feeling around the pelvis
Health Goals: After the physical exam, the examining physician will talk about the next steps for helping you stay healthy. Together, you can decide on which health screenings or follow-up services are appropriate for your situation. You and your doctor can make a plan to help you meet your health goals like losing weight or quitting smoking.
How should a woman prepare for a well exam?
To prepare for a well woman exam, the following may be recommended:
Do not go during a menstrual cycle: Avoid scheduling your well visit during your menstrual cycle. Blood can interfere with the results of a Pap smear and the patient may need to return in order to produce accurate results. If the concern is heavy bleeding or related to your menstrual cycle, going during the cycle may be fine, but you should check with the healthcare provider beforehand.
Come with a list of questions: Write down a list of any questions, as a lot of information can be discussed during a well-woman exam. Writing things down ahead of time can make sure you do not forget to ask any questions or concerns you have.
Keep a list of all medications: Knowing all of your medications and dosages is important to understand the big picture of full-body health. If undesirable symptoms are the reasons for the visit, the examining physician will be able to determine if medication is the culprit.
Know your family medical history: It is vital to have a knowledge of family medical history. Family medical history can determine a lot about a patient’s current and future health, especially because some conditions have a genetic component.
How long does the well woman exam take?
The physical portion of the exam takes about 10 minutes and there is a time before and after the exam to ask any questions you have for your health care provider.
If you or someone you love is in need of a well woman exam, come to Trivita Clinic of Integrative Medicine today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing well on women’s exams and can help you paint a clear picture of your health. Call us today to book an appointment. We look forward to serving you!
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