An annual well-woman health assessment should be a fundamental part of your medical care. The exam is valuable for the early detection and prevention of disease as well as the treatment of various medical problems.
In addition to learning about new methods and treatments, it is also a time when a woman can discuss her health concerns and obtain advice from her doctor.
The assessment may include physical evaluations, screening tests, immunizations, and lifestyle counseling based on your age and other risk factors. Aside from checking vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure, the physician can make vaccine recommendations.
Menopausal women can gain insights on how to manage symptoms like vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The doctor can screen for diseases like colon cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Many diseases, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancer, have few obvious symptoms. Early detection increases the chance for a favorable treatment outcome.
An annual exam is an opportune time to conduct a clinical exam for the early detection of breast cancer and discuss regular mammograms. The schedule for these screenings is based on your particular risk factors and family medical history. The gynecologist can also provide advice on how to perform a monthly self-breast exam.
The doctor can diagnose and treat pelvic infections, fibroids, ovarian cysts and uterine prolapse as well as endocrine system disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that affect women of childbearing age. A gynecologist has specialized training in menstrual regularity, birth control, pelvic exams and Pap smears.
Avoiding routine exams increases the risk of pelvic infections and unintended pregnancy. The routine gynecological exam is a time to discuss any questions that you may have regarding pregnancy, hormonal changes, your menstrual cycle and menopause.
Gynecologists can also provide guidance on the various birth control options that are available along with addressing any infertility issues. The gynecologist can provide advice on prenatal vitamins and genetic screenings as well as proper diet and exercise for women who are or wish to become pregnant.
A routine gynecological exam serves as a time to detect possible health problems early and evaluate treatment options should an issue arise. The exam helps promote your overall health and wellness.
If it is time for your annual exam or you have other health-related questions, contact South Lake Obstetrics & Gynecology today to schedule an appointment. We will discuss your individual circumstances and medical history to determine the best course of action.