Your well-woman visit is an opportunity to check in on your health, have preventive health screenings, and talk to your doctor about any health concerns. The team at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, with locations in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida, provides well-woman exams for patients of all ages, from adolescence through menopause. Call Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, or schedule your next well-woman exam online today.
It’s essential to check in on your health from time to time. Many health conditions don’t cause symptoms in their early stages or develop so gradually that you might not notice a problem right away.
During a well-woman exam at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, your doctor provides health screenings that can identify diseases in their early stages. They also compare your health and wellness to data form prior appointments and can detect changes. Early detection of health problems helps you get the necessary treatment to restore and protect your health while reducing the overall disruption to your life.
After you check in with the friendly office staff at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, a member of the clinical team takes you to the examination room. They check your blood pressure, weight, and temperature.
Then you meet with your doctor, who asks you about your current health, any changes, symptoms, or concerns. They listen to your heart and lungs and feel your abdomen for any abnormalities. Your doctor also performs a pelvic exam and checks your breasts.
If necessary, your doctor also performs a Pap smear to check for abnormal cervical cells. Depending on your age and risk of breast cancer, you might also need a mammogram. For your convenience, Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery offers on-site digital mammograms.
You also have an opportunity to ask questions about your health or other concerns and get advice on how to improve your health. For example, your provider can answer questions about birth control, pregnancy, and fertility. They also offer STD testing and treatment.
You should have a well-woman exam every year. However, you might not need a Pap smear every year. If you have a low risk of cervical cancer and are aged 21-65, you should have a Pap smear every three years. If you’re 30 or older, you can have a Pap smear every five years if you have a human papillomavirus (HPV) test at the same time.
Young women should start having well-woman visits during adolescence. While you don’t need to start having Pap smears until you turn 21 or become sexually active, young women benefit from meeting with a women’s health care provider who can help them understand their changing bodies.
If you’re due for a well-woman exam, call Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, or make your appointment online today.