A well-woman exam is an important part of taking care of your reproductive health. At Manhattan Women’s Health on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Tribeca Women’s Health in Tribeca a team of experts is available to provide comprehensive annual well-woman exams, which include everything from STD testing and breast exams to Pap smears and preconception counseling. For more information, call or schedule an appointment online.
A well-woman exam, also called a gynecological exam, focuses preventive measures for your reproductive health. During your annual visit, your doctor performs a physical examination of your breasts and pelvis, and also asks you questions about your medical history, diet, and lifestyle.
You should come in for your first well-woman visit between the ages of 13 and 15, around the time of your first period. At this time, the Manhattan Women’s Health or Tribeca Women’s Health team may ask you questions and perform a physical exam.
As you get older, however, your well-woman exam may include additional testing, the HPV vaccine, STD testing, cervical cancer screenings, and more. It’s important to schedule a well-woman exam once a year to stay up to date on changes to your reproductive health.
Depending on your age and other lifestyle factors, your well-woman exam typically includes the following tests and preventive measures:
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you can also ask for preconception counseling during your exam. During this visit, your doctor analyzes your medical history, contraceptive use, menstrual history, family health history, and lifestyle habits to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health also offer genetic testing if you think you may be at risk of passing on any debilitating genetic disorders.
It’s important to build a trusting relationship with your doctor so you feel as comfortable as possible during your well-woman exam. Feel free to bring a list of questions to your appointment to ensure that you’re receiving the most comprehensive care possible.
Your doctor may ask you questions about your menstrual cycle, sexual history, drug and alcohol use, and past surgeries or treatments. These questions may make you feel uncomfortable at first, but the Manhattan Women’s Health or Tribeca Women’s Health team must ask them to maintain your optimal reproductive health and prevent women’s health concerns in the future.
Your reproductive health is important to the Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health team. To learn more, call one of their offices or schedule an appointment online.