Well-Woman Exam

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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.

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 at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare is essentially a checkup. Your doctor will start by asking you questions related to your health, covering topics such as:

  • Personal and family health history
  • Mental health history
  • Sexual health and relationships
  • Eating and exercise habits
  • Alcohol and other substance use

Next, your doctor will perform a physical exam. Your age, sexual history and medical history will determine which screenings and exams you need during your visit. 

  • Breast exam: to check breast lumps, skin changes or any irregularities
  • Pelvic exam: to survey reproductive organs, ovaries, uterus and cervix. Including a:
    • Pap smear (based on your age) 
    • HPV/STD screening
  • Physical exam: to measure blood pressure, pulse and weight

Why is an annual wellness visit so important?

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

Well-woman exams in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Every woman should have a well–woman exam once a year.  The screenings and services provided can help you get the answers you need to improve your own health and wellbeing and identify problems early. Schedule your next well-woman visit at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.