During these exams, the doctor will perform many of the same evaluations you’d expect in a routine physical exam you might have with a primary care doctor, but the entire exam will focus on the unique medical and health needs of women.
Well-woman visits help women be proactive in their healthcare by helping them get the care they need as they pass through different stages of life. Plus, well-woman exams provide the doctor with the opportunity to look for subtle signs of disease or other conditions so they can be treated as early as possible. Having a well-woman exam with a gynecologist ensures women receive care and medical advice that’s tailored to their specific needs.
Before the patient even gets to the exam room, the visit begins with a complete medical history including her own personal health information as well as information about her close family members. The nurse will weigh the patient and take her blood pressure, and then the doctor will perform other evaluations, including a clinical breast exam, and in most cases, a pelvic exam which may include a Pap test or HPV test.
The doctor will ask about any unusual symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, and other symptoms. Then depending on the patient’s specific needs and risk factors, the doctor may perform or recommend medical screenings or additional tests, or provide guidance about contraception, STDs, family planning, menopause, or other issues.
And finally, the patient will have the chance to discuss her health-related concerns and ask questions about any treatment or tests the doctor recommends.
The doctors at Gresham Women's Healthcare are skilled in determining which health screenings a woman should have based on her medical history and other factors. Some of the most common medical screenings the doctor may recommend include:
Be sure to provide the doctor with a complete medical history to ensure the most appropriate screenings are prescribed.
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