Well Woman Exam

Louisiana Women's Healthcare -  - OB/GYN

Louisiana Women's Healthcare

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Baton Rouge, LA

A well-woman exam is an integral part of every woman’s preventive health care. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Louisiana Women’s Healthcare team offers well-woman exams to evaluate your reproductive health and check for abnormalities or complications. If you’re due for your annual well-woman exam, visit the friendly Louisiana Women’s Healthcare team.

Well Woman Exam Q & A

Louisiana Women's Healthcare


What is a Well-Woman Exam?

A well-woman exam is a preventive care evaluation of all aspects of a woman’s reproductive health. Annual well-woman exams are recommended, but if you have concerns or certain underlying medical conditions, you might need more frequent testing.

Your well-woman exam usually involves various tests and a detailed discussion with your doctor. It also includes a pelvic exam and a physical exam where your doctor checks for any signs of chronic disease or abnormal cells.

What Can I Expect During My Well-Woman Exam?

Your well-woman exam typically begins with a physical exam, during which your doctor checks your:

  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Weight
  • Breasts
  • Reflexes
  • Thyroid gland
  • Blood pressure

 

In some cases, you might also have a urine test to check for anemia. 

During your pelvic exam, your doctor evaluates your external sexual organs and gently inserts an instrument called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum carefully holds open the vaginal walls to allow your doctor to view your cervix and check for signs of bacterial infections or abnormalities.

Your doctor might also want to do a Pap test, also called a Pap smear, which involves scraping your cervix using a tiny instrument to check for abnormalities in a small sample of your cells. A test to check for sexually transmitted disease (STDs) can be conducted in the same way.

A clinical breast exam is also a crucial part of your well-woman care, as your doctor looks for any abnormalities or lumps in your breasts. You should also conduct breast self-checks at home to catch early signs of breast cancer. Your doctor can give you information on how to correctly perform your breast self-checks.

What are the Benefits of a Well-Woman exam?

Well-woman exams provide an array of benefits, including:

  • An opportunity to discuss contraception and explore your options
  • Tests and screenings to catch cancer in its early stages, when it’s more treatable
  • Exams or tests to check for sexually transmitted diseases that don’t show symptoms
  • One-on-one time to discuss your intimate concerns with a compassionate women’s health provider

 

Your annual well-woman exam allows you to be proactive with your reproductive health and sexual wellness. The Louisiana Women’s Healthcare team is highly experienced in providing well-woman exams. Book yours online or call the office today.

What we offer

Obstetric & Gynecological Services