What happens during a women’s health exam?
A women’s health exam at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City emphasizes prevention and wellness. This exam includes:
Your women’s wellness exam generally begins with a pelvic exam. The goal during the pelvic exam is to check reproductive wellness, but your care provider can also perform Pap smears, HPV testing, STD testing, or other tests as needed during your pelvic exam.
Clinical breast exam
A clinical breast exam manually checks for lumps. Your care provider may also recommend a mammogram, depending on symptoms and your age.
Birth control and family planning counseling
Your care provider will discuss your current birth control and your family planning goals with you during your women’s health exam. If you need a new type of birth control, you can get it at this time. Options include oral contraceptives, IUDs, birth control implants, and many other alternatives.
Whole-body health and wellness
Your women’s health exam may also include other whole-body health tests and support. For example, if you have health problems like hypertension or thyroid disease, your care provider will monitor those issues and make any necessary treatment changes, too.
If you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems, it’s very important to share your concerns with your care provider. Since your mental health is closely tied to your physical health, your women’s health exam is the ideal time to ask for help.
A women’s health exam can cover all women’s health concerns in one visit.
How often should I have my women’s health exam?
The AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City team generally recommends annual women’s health exams for most women. If you have a history of cancer, chronic illness, or other serious health problems, you may need to have women’s health checkups more often.
When do I need urgent women’s health care?
If you’re suddenly experiencing physical or emotional issues, it’s best to see your care provider as soon as possible. Some common reasons for women’s urgent health care visits include:
If you have a women’s health concern and you’re not sure whether or not you should see your care provider, simply call the office for guidance.
Use the online scheduler or call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City to schedule your women’s health exam today.