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What Should I Expect during an Annual Exam?
It’s completely normal to feel anxious, nervous, or even confused before your annual exam, especially if it is your first visit with a new doctor or your first gynecological exam ever. Sometimes called a “well woman exam”, these annual exams are the best way to detect potential problems like cervical cancer, STDs, and abnormalities within the female reproductive system. They offer you an opportunity to regularly check up on your reproductive and bodily health.
During your exam, your provider will ask you questions about your current medications, any health concerns you are having, and more. They may also talk about other things that impact your gynecological health or ask other general questions about family history, demographic information, and other medical conditions you have been diagnosed with. Being honest about any symptoms you are experiencing is extremely important, so that your doctor can help you as best as they can.
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No matter if this is your first visit with us or you are a registered patient, all the information you need to know can be found on our website. Check out our first visit, patient forms, and patient notices pages below.
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Do you still have questions about getting an annual exam?
The physical exam will be similar to what your primary care or family doctor would do. Your provider will look at things like your vital signs, update important medical information, review your medications, and do bloodwork.
Once a year is sufficient for a wellness check-in. However, if you have other concerns, you should always reach out to your provider and schedule an appointment.
Talk to your provider if you are experiencing pelvis pain, missed periods, abnormal bleeding, painful intercourse, vaginal discharge, trouble urinating, symptoms of menopause, or changes to your breasts.
If something seems abnormal during your annual exam, your provider will schedule any follow-up tests or examinations that need to be done.