Important Benefits of an Annual Well-Woman Exam

Important Benefits of an Annual Well-Woman Exam

There are many things in your life that require regular care, from your car to your hair, and we want to make sure that your health tops this list. 

From the moment you pass through puberty, many of your health concerns are governed by your reproductive health, which is what we focus on during your annual well-woman exam

To give you an idea of the importance of an annual well-woman exam, Dr. David Foulk and our team here at Marion Ob/Gyn present seven key benefits of this all-important health visit here.

Family planning

The ability to control family planning has been hailed as one of the biggest achievements of modern public health. Whether you want to delay having a family in the short- or long-term, we can help you find the best birth control solutions. 

From hormonal treatments to barrier methods, there are plenty of different ways to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Even if you don’t want outside help with birth control, we can teach you how to use fertility awareness to better manage your family planning.

Abnormal periods

Up to one quarter of women experience abnormal menstruation. By abnormal, we’re referring to common issues like heavy bleeding during your periods, irregular menstrual cycles, spotting between periods, and painful periods.

Your menstrual cycle is one area to which we pay close attention during your well-woman exam, and we can get to the bottom of your abnormal periods.

Sexually transmitted infections

Despite awareness efforts, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States are still very high. There were 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea in 2021 alone.

During your well-woman exam, we can test for STDs and educate you on ways to protect yourself against infection, which can affect your fertility.

Screening for cancer

Given that one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer, we want to do what we can to screen you for early signs. During your well-woman exam, we perform a physical examination of your breasts, and we can also discuss mammograms.

In addition to screening for breast cancer, we screen you periodically for cervical cancer with the Pap test, which is a simple swab of your cervix.

Getting ready for baby

When the time comes and you want to start a family, we can discuss ways in which you can optimize your health before you enter a pregnancy.

Dealing with infertility

If you and your partner are struggling to conceive after a year, a well-woman exam is an excellent opportunity to begin the investigation into your fertility issue.

Dealing with menopause

The transition through menopause can be bumpy — 75% of women deal with hot flashes and night sweats and 60% of women experience genitourinary symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and/or urinary incontinence. 

During your well-woman exam, we can discuss ways in which you can ease this transition, such as through hormone replacement therapies and lifestyle modifications.

Spotting trends

While we’ve underlined all that we can accomplish during a well-woman exam, we want to take a moment to discuss why they should be annual. These regular visits are opportunities for us to track your health year over year, allowing us to spot any concerning trends in your health so that we can take early action.

For expert and experienced oversight of your health, please contact our office in Marion, Ohio, to set up your well-woman exam today.

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