In a women's health exam, often called a well-woman exam, the healthcare provider reviews the patient's medical history, and performs a pelvic exam and a clinical breast exam. In some cases, a Pap smear may be done. If the healthcare provider observes any sign of disease or identifies any emerging issues, additional tests may also be performed during the exam. A well-woman exam is also a good time for women to ask questions, discuss concerns, and learn more about female health.
Dr. B. and his staff ask questions to get a clear picture about patients' potential health issues. This usually includes questions about sexual activity, contraceptive methods and devices, menstrual cycles, and hormone-related symptoms. Patients can feel free to be completely open and honest with the healthcare providers at Danver Family Doctors. Their goal is to help women feel and be their very best, and detailed information helps them achieve that goal.
It's recommended that women have their first well-woman exam when they become sexually active. If a woman isn't sexually active by age 21, the first well-woman exam should be scheduled at that time.
Most women see their healthcare provider for a well-woman exam once a year. Women who have chronic illnesses or other health concerns may see their doctors more often. Even women who aren't sexually active need to have well-woman exams, as female health goes well beyond sexual intercourse.
A Pap smear is a screening that detects abnormal cells in the cervix. The screening is very useful because it detects cervical cancer in its early form, which allows for prompt treatment and can help a patient avoid cervical cancer entirely. A Pap smear is a quick test in which a small sample is retrieved from the cervix to check for the presence of abnormal cells.