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Well Woman Exams

From a teen’s first gynecology visit through menopause and beyond, women want a gynecologist who listens to them, makes them feel comfortable, and on whom they can rely for expert, high-quality care. That’s exactly the type of care you’ll receive from the physicians, certified nurse midwives, and physician’s assistant at Women’s Health Specialist of Frederick. If it’s time to schedule your annual exam or you have a problem that needs attention, call our office today or book an appointment online.

Why Do I Need an Annual Well-Woman Exam?

Your routine annual exam is dedicated to preventive health care. Many gynecological problems don’t cause symptoms at the start. When you come in for a yearly exam, your provider at Women’s Health Specialists of Frederick can detect and treat problems at their earliest stage.

During your well-woman exam, you’ll also have time to talk to your doctor. This is your time and your opportunity to ask questions or get advice about whatever worries you have.

What Should I Expect During My Well-Woman Exam?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that young women get their first gynecologic exam between the ages of 13-15 years.

A teen’s first visit is all about education, like learning about whether their periods are normal, and getting to know their gynecologist. A pelvic exam isn’t done unless they’re having problems or they’re sexually active.

All women should have their first full pelvic exam and Pap smear at the age of 21, then   
have annual exams throughout their lifetime.

Every annual exam includes a review of your medical history and medications, a check of your weight and blood pressure, and a breast and pelvic exam. You may receive additional services such as:

  • Birth control
  • Pap smear
  • STD testing
  • HPV vaccine
  • Menopause management
  • Weight screening
  • Mammogram (breast cancer screening)

Your doctor also orders lab work as needed, either to screen for chronic diseases such as diabetes or for diagnostic purposes if your examination raised any concerns about your health.

When Should I Receive Health Screenings?

These are the general guidelines for women’s health screening. Your doctor may recommend that you come in more frequently if you’re at a higher risk:

  • Pap Smear: Pap smears identify precancerous and cancerous changes in your cervix. Women should have their first Pap smear at the age of 21, then a follow-up screening every three years. You will not be screened for cervical cancer until after your first Pap smear at 21.
  • Breast Cancer Screening: The American Cancer Society recommends that women get a yearly mammogram between the ages of 45-54 and a mammogram every two years after the age of 55.
  • Osteoporosis Screening: All women aged 65 and older, and those who are past menopause, should have a bone density screening.