If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, eat better, or live healthier, then start your year with a well-woman exam. It’s a great first step toward achieving your goal. Even if you didn’t make any resolutions this year, scheduling a well-woman exam is still a terrific way to start the year.
Women often prioritize other people’s health and wellness over their own, scheduling children, spouses, and other relatives’ health appointments. Make this year the year you take care of your health needs.
A well-woman exam helps you stay healthy and forge a trusting, long-term relationship with your health care provider at Center for Women’s Health.
What is a well-woman exam?
An annual well-woman exam includes a thorough health and family history. Depending on your age, your health, and your reproductive health and goals, your visit may include various tests and screenings.
During a well-woman exam, you may discuss your period, birth control, your sex life, and your health and relationships. Depending on your age and health history, screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer are essential parts of a well-woman exam. With the introduction of Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer, death rates from cervical cancer have dropped by 50%.
You can also discuss your family planning goals with our medical staff. We can help you conceive or not conceive, depending on your family plans. We also check your weight, blood pressure, and other vital health markers. When your exam is over, you can plot out your health goals for the year and, with our help, take the necessary steps to achieve them.
How should I prepare for a well-woman exam?
Before your well-woman exam, prepare with a list of questions and health issues you’d like to discuss with us. This is your time to talk about issues that may be awkward or embarrassing to raise with friends or family. Is sex painful? Is your period heavier than normal? Are you experiencing menopause symptoms?
It’s also good to brainstorm what your health goals are for the coming year so that we can figure out the best way for you to achieve them. Do you want to lose weight? Quit smoking? Cut out sugar? Lower your cholesterol level? This is your time to start your year off with health in mind and make plans to stay or get healthy.
Are you ready to start the new year off right? Call us at the Center for Women’s Health to schedule your well-woman exam today. You can also make an appointment online through this website.