Has it been awhile since your last mammogram or Pap test? For that matter, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? The annual well-woman visit makes staying on top of your health easier and more convenient than ever before. At Abortion Care in Somerset, New Jersey, the team of board-certified gynecologists combines their broad base of knowledge and specialized skills to provide comprehensive well-woman exams, including routine cancer screenings and general health screenings. If you’re due for a check-up, call the office for an appointment today.
As a cornerstone of preventive care in gynecological medicine, the annual well-woman visit is the perfect time to evaluate your current health and assess any risks so you can take steps to mitigate them.
During your visit, you may talk with your OB/GYN about your physical, mental, and sexual health history, as well as your current exercise, dietary, and sleep habits.
It’s also an opportune time to receive preconception counseling, talk about fertility issues, learn more about your contraception options, or get help with menopause symptoms.
After taking your height and weight and performing routine pelvic and breast exams, your OB/GYN may cover one or more of the following:
Depending on your age and health history, your visit may include screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, bone density, and other common conditions.
When recommended, you can expect to have routine screenings for breast cancer (mammogram) and cervical cancer (Pap smear).
Your well-woman exam is an excellent time to discuss any menstrual cycle abnormalities you may be having, including chronic pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, or irregular periods.
Your OB/GYN can also help you understand how regular physical activity and optimal nutrition can help you maintain a healthy body weight, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant or you’re approaching menopause.
If you’re sexually active and you have concerns about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the team at Abortion Care provides comprehensive in-office STD screenings.
A Pap test, also known as a Pap smear, is a screening test that detects abnormal cells in your cervix, or the part of your uterus that opens into your vagina.
Because it’s proven to be the most effective way to detect abnormal cervical cells, the Pap test is an indispensable tool in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.
This quick and simple procedure, which is normally done during a routine pelvic exam, is recommended every three years for women from the age of 21.
Starting at the age of 30, you may continue having a Pap test every three years, or you may start having a combined Pap/HPV screening once every five years.
Women with a higher risk of cervical cancer usually require more frequent Pap tests.
Unless you have a family history of breast cancer, you can expect to have your first annual mammogram at the age of 40.
A mammogram is a special type of X-ray that’s used to help detect early-stage breast cancer in women who don’t otherwise have any signs or symptoms of the disease. Mammograms are also used to assess any lumps found during a routine breast exam.
If you’re ready to schedule your next well-woman visit, call Abortion Care today.