Women’s healthcare needs are different from men’s. It is crucial to have a healthcare provider who comprehends these needs and can guide you through every stage of your life. Women undergo significant changes in their bodies from reproductive health to menopause and beyond.
A wellness exam is a yearly visit to assess your health, which includes a review of your health history, a physical exam, and laboratory tests if required. During this visit, you can discuss any concerns about your sexual health and seek advice on how to maintain optimal health and wellness.
The standard wellness exams comprise several components. You will start the appointment by having a discussion about your health history and any worries you may have. A medical professional will then likely perform a physical exam, including a breast exam, a pelvic exam, and a Pap test. They may also order blood tests to check your cholesterol levels and screen for diabetes. Depending on your risk factors, the doctor may propose additional screenings, such as a mammogram or a bone density test.
They may also discuss whether you need vaccinations, such as the flu shot or HPV vaccine. Based on your specific health goals, our providers can suggest medical weight loss plans. Overall, wellness exams are crucial to maintaining your health and avoiding health complications.
Women require various types of healthcare such as general health check-ups, flu shots, and physical examinations, as well as reproductive health services like family planning, birth control, and cancer screenings. It is your fundamental right to receive respectful treatment and ensure confidentiality and privacy are maintained, regardless of the type of healthcare you require.
A pap smear is a screening test that helps detect cervical cancer by examining a sample of cells taken from the cervix using a speculum. Depending on your age and health history, you may need to take this test every one to three years. During the test, you will lie on your back on an exam table with your legs bent and feet in the stirrups, and a medical provider will collect the cells from the surface of the cervix using a small brush or spatula. The results are typically available within a week.
If the results are normal, no further action is needed. However, if the results are abnormal, additional testing such as a colposcopy or biopsy may be needed to determine if there is an increased risk for cervical cancer. A positive result doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer, but it does indicate a need for further testing.
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