Women's Wellness Exam

doctor going over well woman exam with patient

What are Women’s Wellness Exams and why are they important?

Women’s Wellness Exams at Upper Echelon

Women’s wellness exams (also called well-women visits) are routine check ups, similar to an annual physical, that focus specifically on your reproductive and sexual health. They  are a key component of preventative healthcare for women of all ages and help with early detection of diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian/uterine cancer, sexually transmitted infections, menopause-related changes, and other reproductive health issues.

Generally, it is recommended that women have a wellness exam annually, but some elements like Pap smears are not needed every year, depending on previous results and guidelines. It is also important to start making well-women visits part of your annual routine starting from age 21 to establish a baseline for your reproductive health.

Common women’s health issues we address:

(painful periods)
Irregular Menstruation
Uterine Polyps
Ovarian Cysts
Sexual Dysfunction
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Menopause Symptoms
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Yeast Infections
Bacterial Vaginosis
Premenstrual Syndrome
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Breast, Ovarian, Cervical, and Uterine Cancers
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

What you can expect during your Women’s Wellness Exam with UEM

The first part of your women’s health exam is a chat with your physician about your current health.

We go over how you’re coping with any existing medical conditions, and any problems you experience. Your provider checks your medical history and might inquire about any family history of conditions like breast cancer.

doctor talking with female patient
doctor and patient

Next, you can expect your physician to perform a physical exam.

They listen to your heart and lungs, measure your blood pressure, and check you for any signs of disease. Your provider can tell a lot about your health by looking at your skin, hair, nails, eyes, and gums. They also assess your mental health and musculoskeletal function.

Finally, your physician will discuss your treatment plan.

They may discuss getting a pap smear performed if you’re due for one -this screens for Human Papillomavirus infection (HPV) and early signs of cervical cancer. Your physician will also discuss with you the possible need for a mammogram, any  hormonal issues, menopause, and any treatment options you need that implement integrative and functional medicine.

doctor examining female patient