Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Atlanta, GA
Well-woman exams are an essential part of your preventive care. You may not look forward to these visits, but the team at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, shows compassion and care to make them as quick and uneventful as possible. Call the office on Peachtree Road or Collier Road today if you’re due for your annual well-woman exam or use the online tool to schedule.
Well Woman Exams Q & A
What are well-woman exams?
Well-woman exams offer support for women’s specific health needs. The exam includes a pelvic exam, a breast check, and a brief physical.
During the exam, your doctor looks at your vagina, uterus, ovaries, and other reproductive organs. A well-woman exam also often includes a Pap test or other necessary screenings.
Depending on your age, sexual history, and overall health, your well-woman exam may also include family planning information, menopause support, and information about bone density screenings and mammograms.
How should I prepare for annual well-woman exams?
Be prepared to share information about your personal medical history, including past pregnancies, surgeries, and health conditions. You also provide information about your family medical history.
You are asked questions like:
- When was your last period?
- How long does your period typically last?
- At what age did you start your period?
- Are you sexually active?
If you take any medications, note the type and dosage to share with your doctor as well.
What happens during well-woman exams?
A pelvic exam is usually quite brief and isn’t painful. The physicians at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates explain what you should expect before beginning the exam. They encourage you to ask questions throughout the process.
The pelvic exam usually begins with a clinical breast exam to check for lumps that may be a sign of cancer. The doctor then examines the external genital area for irritations, cysts, or other problems. They then insert a speculum, an instrument that holds open your vaginal walls so the provider can examine the cervix and vagina more thoroughly.
Your doctor takes a swab of your cervix (Pap smear) to check for cancerous and precancerous cells. The exam ends with a check of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries by inserting gloved fingers into the vagina and pressing on the abdomen.
The well-woman exam provides a picture of your gynecological health and is an opportunity for you to catch health problems in the early stages.
What types of issues might well-woman exams detect?
Usually, you leave your well-woman exam with no notable findings. But a well-woman exam can sometimes detect gynecological issues like:
- Breast or pelvic masses
- Fibroid tumors
- Cancer of the breast or ovaries
- Ovarian cysts
- Osteopenia and osteoporosis
The team at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates has the technology and treatment experience to address any of these issues should they arise. Trust them to provide expert gynecological care.
If you’re due for your annual well-woman exam, call Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, or use the online tool to book today.
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