A comprehensive well-woman exam can help prevent and catch the early signs of gynecological problems like uterine fibroids, abnormal bleeding, and even cancer. The women’s health experts at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology in Magnolia Tower and the Medical District of Fort Worth, Texas, are proud to offer well-woman exams to girls, teens, and women of all ages. To learn more, call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or schedule an exam online.
A well-woman exam is an annual visit to monitor your gynecological health. While the exam itself changes as you age, you can experience a series of physical exams, tests, and screenings that help prevent and protect you against certain gynecological conditions.
Your annual well-woman exam at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology is also the perfect time to ask your doctor questions about your sexual health and development, contraceptive use, and more.
Most physicians recommend scheduling your first well-woman exam between ages 13 and 15. Because you’re still developing during this time, your first visit is very similar to a regular physical exam. In addition to recording your blood pressure, height, and weight, your doctor may want to discuss your menstrual cycle.
Depending on your age, medical history, and background, your doctor may recommend the HPV vaccine and other immunizations during your well-woman exam. If you’re sexually active, your exam is an excellent time to discuss contraceptive options and any sexual health questions you may have, like how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Once you turn 21, you can expect a number of changes to your annual well-woman exams. In addition to regular breast examinations and pelvic exams, Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology advises coming in for a Pap smear at least once every three years. This vital test checks for abnormal cancerous cells in your cervix and can help detect the early signs of cervical cancer.
As you age, you can expect your well-woman exam to include different screenings and tests. After the age of 40, your doctor may recommend regular mammograms to check your breast health.
Women ages 65 and older can often stop returning for cervical cancer screenings altogether if they’ve had three clean Pap smears in a row. If you’re over the age of 65, however, Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology advises visiting for regular bone density scans to check for any signs of osteoporosis.
If you’re ready to schedule a well-woman exam with Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology, call or schedule a visit online.