Are You Skipping Your Wellness Exams?

Are You Skipping Your Wellness Exams?

When it comes to your health, nothing rings truer than Benjamin Franklin’s words, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventative care is the best way to defend yourself against many serious medical conditions and even life-threatening diseases. Preventative care almost always involves going to the doctor. If you are a woman, this means going to a gynecologist – or a physician who specializes in women’s health.

Self-Care is Important Ladies

A wellness health exam for a woman is most often referred to as “a checkup at the gyno.” Ladies, we know this isn’t your most favorite task of the year. Nonetheless, these annual wellness exams are easy and critical to your overall health. So between taking your aging parent to the dentist or planning your child’s class party, make time to schedule and attend your yearly exam with your gynecologist. You’ll find that the staff at North Pointe OB/GYN will go out of their way to make your visit comfortable instead of awkward

What is Included in a Well Woman Health Exam?

To fully appreciate and value the importance of a wellness exam with your gynecologist, it is important to understand exactly what goes on during this visit. Just like most doctor appointments, you’ll begin with a simple, friendly conversation with your provider. This will likely include discussion about your personal medical history, your family medical history and any present symptoms or concerns you may have. Don’t be shy about talking about your health, as this is the place that we are equipped to address more intimate issues, such as your menstrual cycles and sexual health concerns.

Your wellness visit will also involve an exam provided by a gynecologist or nurse practitioner. Most well woman health exams consist of the following three parts:

Other special tests may also be performed to check your overall health. It is not uncommon for your wellness visit to include testing for the following:

In just minutes, your wellness exam can save your life. By attending these yearly visits, tens of thousands of women have been notified of serious concerns, ranging from cancer to fertility issues, that can be treated more successfully because they were detected early. Wellness visits are recommended for all ages and all ethnicities. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear!

 

How long has it been since you had a wellness exam from your gynecologist? Put yourself and your health first by scheduling an appointment at North Pointe OB/GYN today. We value the health and wellbeing of every woman that walks through our doors.

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