Knowing what’s going on inside your body is nearly impossible without regular visits to your doctor. At Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN in Duluth and Dunwoody, Georgia, the gynecology team offers annual well-woman exams to assess your health with physical exams and wellness lab testing. If you’re due for an annual well-woman exam, call your nearest Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN location or request your appointment online today.
At Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN, annual well-woman exams live up to the clinic’s name: comprehensive. Your gynecologist thoroughly reviews numerous aspects of your health and focuses on your reproductive health. Your exam starts with basic measurements like your weight, blood pressure, and questions about your general health to help your provider get a complete picture of your body’s functioning.
After the basics, you change into a loose-fitting gown. Then, your gynecologist starts the physical exam. It includes:
During your breast exam, your gynecologist manually checks for lumps and irregular tissues in your breasts. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, be sure to let your physician know. Once they’re finished examining your breasts, they teach you to perform a similar exam on yourself between your annual exams. At age 40, you start getting annual screening mammograms, too.
During your pelvic exam, your gynecologist physically examines your inside and outside reproductive organs. They encourage you to relax your muscles, then use a speculum to expand your vaginal canal as you lie in the exam chair with your legs apart. They view the positioning of your uterus and collect a sample for your Pap smear. Then, they press on your abdomen to feel your organs and check for tenderness.
If your gynecologist discovers that you have pelvic organ prolapse, they may check on a pessary or put one in place. A pessary is a device that is inserted into your vagina to support the nearby organs.
It’s essential for you to attend your annual well-woman exams to have an up-to-date idea of the state of your health. You also get to ask your provider questions about your health and learn the skills to take care of yourself at home. If they find problems, you can start treatment as soon as possible for the highest chance of recovery.
Well-woman exams are routine exams that don’t take much preparation on your part. To be ready for a smooth appointment, the gynecology team at Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN recommends that you follow these easy instructions:
Taking these steps ensures that your test results are as accurate as possible, and your appointment is quick and efficient.
Reserve your next annual well-woman visit at Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN today by calling the clinic or using the online booking tool.