Well-woman exams play an essential role in preventing gynecological disease and maintaining good reproductive health. The compassionate obstetricians and gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care provide well-woman exams to girls and women of all ages at their locations in Laurel and Silver Spring, Maryland. To schedule your well-woman exam, call or book an appointment online today.
Well-woman exams, also called gynecological or annual exams, consist of screenings and evaluations that check for potential health problems. Most health problems, if caught early, are easier to treat.
These exams also give you the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the expert team at Capital Women’s Care.
Even if you feel healthy, it’s crucial to schedule routine well-woman exams. Many gynecological diseases cause mild symptoms, or none at all, especially in the earliest stages when treatment is most successful. The best way to catch a condition before it becomes a problem is to schedule well-woman exams at Capital Women’s Care.
Annual well-woman visits also allow you to develop a relationship with your provider so they can easily monitor any changes to your body that may indicate a problem.
Girls should have their first well-woman exam between the ages of 13 and 15. At this age range, the visit may only include a physical exam, including an external genital exam and discussion about menstrual cycles.
Doctors at Capital Women’s Care may also provide immunizations, such as the HPV vaccine, and counseling on STD testing and birth control.
Beginning around age 21, your well-woman visits will also include pelvic exams, breast exams, and Pap tests. Your provider at Capital Women’s Care will continue to perform a physical exam and review your medical history.
Pap tests play an essential role in preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal changes to your cervical cells. During a Pap test, your provider gently swabs your cervix to collect a sample of cells, which are then sent to a lab for analysis. Women aged 30 or older may receive an HPV test at the same time as a Pap test.
As you grow older, well-woman exams may also include counseling on menopause. It’s important to continue scheduling well-woman exams even after your periods stop, because menopause increases your risk of developing certain health conditions, such as heart disease.
To schedule your well-woman visit, call Capital Women’s Care or book an appointment online today.