Why are women’s health exams so important?
Women have a distinct set of health needs, and those needs shift as you move through the various stages of life. Unfortunately, many women are so busy handling the obligations of career, family, and community that they neglect their own health care.
Women’s health exams are an opportunity to take just a slice of a day to focus on your own needs. These are a type of preventive health, and should be part of every woman’s ongoing health care plan.
What happens during a women’s health exam?
Your exam is focused on your specific needs. A pelvic exam is often part of that process, and gives your doctor a chance to check for signs of gynecologic disease. A Pap test is a common screening tool used during a pelvic exam to check for signs of cervical cancer.
Pelvic exams take very little time and aren’t painful. There’s no need for advance preparation, and no downtime is needed afterward.
Your exam might also include a breast exam to check for tissue abnormalities. Additionally, your doctor may discuss the importance of routine self-exams, and can show you the proper technique to perform these checks at home.
This is also your opportunity to discuss any concerns you have about your reproductive and sexual health. The doctors at AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care of Arlington have a wealth of information and advice to share on any of these topics.
How do women’s health needs change over time?
As you near or reach the end of your reproductive years, your hormone levels decline and the symptoms of menopause may begin to appear. While some women navigate these changes with ease, many encounter symptoms that are disruptive and difficult to bear.
Your doctor can help by treating various symptoms, which include:
There’s no need to live with these issues when there are safe and effective treatments available.
If you’re overdue for a women’s health exam, make today the day you place your health at the top of your to-do list. Schedule your exam online from the comfort of home, or call AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care of Arlington to speak with a friendly staff member.