Your health is vital to living a full and active lifestyle. That’s why it’s essential to take preventive action by scheduling annual checkups with your primary care provider.
These annual checkups are common to keep up with a woman’s health and wellness.
What Is a Wellness Visit?
Women’s annual exam, or a wellness visit, is an annual checkup women should have. These visits are separate from any others you may have for sickness or injury. They often include receiving screening tests, updating your vaccinations and discussing your current health history.
What Happens During an Annual Exam?
When women get their yearly checkups, several procedures may occur. Physical exams are commonplace for every wellness visit so providers can evaluate your height, weight, blood pressure and general motor skills. Getting each exam done yearly depends on your age, but it’s typical to start them when you become sexually active or turn 21 years old.
Other essential procedures during a wellness check may include:
- Pap smear: A pap smear or test is a procedure used to check for cervical cancer. Providers may also find other conditions during this test.
- Pelvic exam: During a pelvic exam, your provider examines your internal reproductive organs to ensure there are no concerning findings that may need follow up.
- Clinical breast exam: Providers perform breast exams to check for any lumps or other changes in your breast that could lead to cancer.
- Mammogram: A mammogram is a specialized X-ray done to detect any possible signs of breast cancer.
Why Are Women’s Annual Exams Important?
These visits can help ensure your mind and body are healthy, and your providers can detect any hidden or recently developed illnesses. Taking preventive action with your health early on will help you create routines that may prevent infections or STDs.
Even if you may not identify as a woman, any person with breasts or a vaginal reproductive system benefits from having annual wellness checks.
Treating your body with care and respect will help you live a long life. Find a provider you trust to administer exams and take care of you.
Schedule Your Annual Exams With Us
We care about your well-being and want to support your healthy lifestyle. Midwifery at Rose can provide you with a health care professional who will take care of you during your annual gynecological exam. You can contact us today to set up your first appointment or learn more about our services.