Well-woman exams provide vital screening for cancers and other health problems so you get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Diana Heard, MD, Olga Vega, PA, and the team at Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, in Glendale, Arizona, perform comprehensive well-woman exams that keep you healthy at every stage of your life. To arrange your well-woman exam, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.
Reminder: Well woman exam specimen takes a week or longer to process depending on tests and lab. We will call with all results.
A well-woman exam is an annual review of your well-being with your OB/GYN at Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC. It consists of a physical exam, assessment of your health, and screening for serious diseases like cancer.
Before your well-woman exam, it’s a good idea to note any symptoms you have or questions you’d like to ask about your health. For example, your periods may have gotten heavier, lighter, or become irregular. You can discuss anything you notice or have concerns about with your OB/GYN at your well-woman exam.
Some of the women’s health topics you might want to discuss at your well-woman exam include:
Your well-woman exam is an opportunity to discuss immunization from HPV, which is available from age 15 to 45 in women who test negative for HPV infection. HPV vaccination significantly reduces your risk of getting cervical cancer.
Whatever worries you have or information you need, the Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC team offer sensible advice and compassionate support.
First, your OB/GYN looks at your medical history, including past and present illnesses, surgeries, current medications, sexual health, pregnancies, and family medical history. They check your essential health indicators, like heart rate, breathing, and reflexes, and look for any signs of ill health, like dry skin, joint problems, and pain.
Next, your OB/GYN does an internal pelvic exam. They check your external genitalia, vagina, and cervix for abnormalities and perform a Pap smear if you’re due for one. This vital screening test detects the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer, and any changes in the cells that could be early stages of cancer.
Your OB/GYN examines your breasts for lumps or skin problems and may refer you for a mammogram (breast X-ray), which can detect cancer at an early stage. They also advise you on any other tests or screening procedures you should have, such as genetic cancer screening and bone density scans.
The benefits of a regular well-woman exam are considerable. If you haven’t had one recently or know yours is due, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.