Question: What Does A Well Woman Exam Consist Of?

What can a gynecologist tell from an exam?

A gynecologist can tell for sure what’s going on by the type of discharge as well as the appearance of the vagina and vulva, and can recommend the appropriate treatment..

What is included in a well woman visit?

Well-woman visits include a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits focus on preventive care for women, which may include: Services, like shots, that improve your health by preventing diseases and other health problems.

What does a woman’s annual exam consist of?

Whatever your age, an annual GYN exam includes: An assessment of your current health status. A breast exam to check for lumps, skin changes, or nipple discharge. A pelvic exam to check your vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, rectum, and pelvis, including your ovaries, for masses, growths or other abnormalities.

Does a well woman exam test for STDs?

Most annual wellness exams do not automatically include STD testing, unless you’re showing symptoms. But, it’s a good idea to be tested on a regular basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all sexually active women under 25 be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea annually.

What is the difference between a physical and a well woman exam?

Your annual well woman exam may be a bit more in depth than the typical physical and the process can be a little uncomfortable, but you owe it to yourself to get this very important exam done every year to screen for possible life-threatening conditions.

Is a well woman exam free?

Each year, the Affordable Care Act entitles all women to one free well-woman exam each year. The cost is covered-in-full as a preventive benefit, which means it’s free even if you haven’t met your plan’s deductible. Here’s how these annual exams work, and how you can get the most out of them.

Why do doctors finger you?

The rectovaginal exam — Your doctor or nurse may also put a gloved finger into your rectum. This checks the muscles between your vagina and your anus. This also checks for tumors behind your uterus, on the lower wall of your vagina, or in your rectum. Some doctors put another finger in your vagina while they do this.

What should you not do before seeing a gynecologist?

Avoid sexual intercourse, having a vaginal douche, or putting anything (such as tampons) into your vagina for two days before the exam. Think ahead about the questions you’d like to ask your AOA doctor during the visit. Writing the questions down will make it easier to remember.