Early detection of chronic women’s health conditions like cervical polyps, endometriosis, and breast cancer, to name a few, is important for maintaining optimal health. With the compassionate medical team at Usborne Family Medicine, Inc., you can get comprehensive care for all your women’s health needs and schedule annual exams to monitor your overall health. Book your appointment at their office in Covina, California, by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

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What happens during a women’s health exam?

Your women’s health exam (also known as a well-woman exam) is your dedicated one-on-one time with your physician to go over all of your health concerns. It’s also a time to check in for routine testing, even if you don’t currently have any health issues — you want to prevent them, after all. Your women’s health exam could include:

  • Body mass index (BMI) evaluation
  • Updates to personal or family medical history
  • Nutrition and dietary counseling
  • Breast and abdominal exam
  • Pelvic exam and Pap smear
  • Birth control counseling

If you’re having symptoms related to your menstrual cycle, such as severe cramps or hot flashes as you’re nearing menopause, part of your visit could include ordering diagnostic testing. For instance, you might need a blood draw to check your hormone levels or even an ultrasound to see what’s triggering your discomfort. Once your practitioner understands what’s causing your symptoms, they can help you find the best treatment solution.

How often do I need a women’s health exam?

In most cases, you should have a women’s health exam annually. If, however, you have changes in your health or menstrual cycle, like if your periods start becoming irregular, you should certainly schedule an exam at Usborne Family Medicine before your next routine visit.

Not all annual well-woman exams involve pelvic exams or Pap tests. It just depends on your overall health, any symptoms you’re experiencing, and how long it’s been since you last had these evaluations. It’s still best to schedule annual women’s health visits, even if you aren’t due for a pelvic exam or Pap smear.

What do I need to do to prepare for a women’s health visit?

One of the best things you can do to prepare for your upcoming women’s health visit is to start making a list of questions or concerns the week prior to your visit. This gives you ample time to make a note of issues that you would otherwise forget during your appointment. It’s also helpful to:

  • Write down all prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Bring in copies of medical records from other practitioners
  • Know the first day of your last menstrual cycle

If you need a Pap test, avoid douching or sexual intercourse for two to three days prior to your scheduled appointment since they can affect the results of your Pap.

Schedule your women’s health evaluation at Usborne Family Medicine, Inc. by calling the office or booking online today.