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Here’s What to Expect at Your Well Woman Exam

Dec 02, 2023
Here’s What to Expect at Your Well Woman Exam
Explore the essential elements of a well-woman exam in our latest blog. From check-ins to comprehensive exams, we’ll empower your health journey along the way.

Embarking on the journey to self-care often begins with routine well-woman exams. These appointments are not just about medical checkups; they’re a holistic approach to ensuring women’s health and well-being. 

At Core Primary Care in Sugar Land and Houston, Texas, our board-certified providers recognize that well woman exams are the foundation of effective preventive health care, and we’re here to delve into what you can expect every step of the way. 

Check-in and vital signs 

As you enter the realm of well woman exams, the journey begins with a warm welcome and a thorough review of your health history. Here are the initial steps you can expect during your exam:

Warm welcome

Your well woman exam typically begins with a friendly welcome from our team. This sets the tone for a comfortable and open dialogue. 

Health history review

We’ll review your health history, addressing any changes, concerns, or updates since your last visit. 

Vital signs

Expect a standard assessment of vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. 

Physical examination 

Now, let’s delve into the heart of your well woman exam — the comprehensive physical examination: 

Breast examination

A crucial component of the well woman exam, breast examinations are performed to detect any irregularities or changes. 

Pelvic examination

Depending on your age and health history, a pelvic exam may be conducted. This includes an assessment of your uterus, ovaries, and surrounding structures. 

Pap smear

If you’re eligible, a Pap smear may be performed to screen for cervical cancer. This involves collecting cells from your cervix for laboratory analysis. 

Health education and counseling 

As your exam unfolds, we shift our focus to empowering your health education and counseling. Here’s what you can expect: 

Discussion on reproductive health

We may discuss family planning, birth control options, and reproductive health based on your needs and preferences. 

Screening and immunizations 

Depending on your age and health status, discussions about necessary screenings, vaccinations, and preventive measures may take place. 

Wellness guidance 

We’ll offer guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and stress management. 

Questions and future planning 

As we navigate through the different facets of your well woman exam, we finish up with an open dialogue and future planning for your continued well-being. 

Ask questions 

Feel free to ask any questions or express concerns during your well woman exam. This is an opportunity for open communication about your health. 

Future planning 

We’ll discuss future appointments, screenings, and any follow-up care required based on the findings of your exam. 

Ultimately, a well woman exam is more than a routine medical check up: It's a commitment to your holistic well-being. By understanding what to expect during these appointments, you can approach them with confidence, knowing you’re taking proactive steps toward maintaining your health.

If you’re ready to learn more about what to expect, contact us and book an appointment at our Houston or Sugar Land, Texas office today.