Have you had your well-woman visit in the past year? An annual well-woman visit is one of the best things you can do for your health. Monitoring your health regularly helps identify health conditions and changes in your body before they become serious.
Prevention is better than treatment. Catching a condition early, or making lifestyle changes to prevent it altogether, means you stay healthier longer.
Your annual well-woman exam with Dr. Shaurin Patel at ObGyn Care of Oklahoma covers a variety of things, from family health history to your physical and mental well-being. Use this guide as a checklist for how to prepare your next well-woman visit.
Update your medical and family history
Your family health history and your personal medical history are important pieces of your overall wellness. Before your well-woman visit, document any recent changes to your health history and habits. Be prepared for Dr. Patel to ask questions about your:
- Family health history
- Personal medical history
- Sexual health
- Eating habits
- Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
- Medications and supplements
- Mental health
Your well-woman exam addresses more than your physical health; it serves to provide a complete picture of your health.
Your annual well-woman exam is a perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have, from birth control options to tips on how to get more physical activity.
Some questions you might ask about reproductive health are:
- What type of birth control is right for me?
- How can I stay protected against STDs?
- What can I do to prepare for getting pregnant?
- What are some signs and symptoms of menopause?
Questions you might have about your physical and mental well-being include:
- How can I maintain a healthy weight?
- How can I eat a healthier diet?
- Should I be getting more physical activity?
- How can I better manage stress?
Don’t be shy about asking questions. Dr. Patel is here to help you stay informed and be as healthy as possible, and speaking up allows you to take an active role in your own wellness.
Get health screenings
Your well-woman visit includes routine health screenings. Along with your height, weight, body mass index, your temperature, and your blood pressure, Dr. Patel also may want to order tests to check your cholesterol level and other indicators of overall health.
Undergo a physical exam
A clinical breast exam involves feeling your breasts and under your arms to look for lumps or other irregularities. Depending on your age, Dr. Patel might order a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.
A pelvic exam allows Dr. Patel to assess your female organs and check for gynecological problems. You might also have a Pap smear — a test generally performed every three years — in which Dr. Patel takes a sample of cells from your cervix to screen for cervical cancer or other abnormalities.
Set goals for the next year
Dr. Patel shares and discusses the results of your well-woman visit with you. Together, you can set health goals for you to work toward over the coming year. These goals can cover any number of topics, including:
- Eating better
- Getting more physical activity
- Practicing stress management techniques
- Getting enough sleep
- Quitting smoking
Depending on your needs, Dr. Patel may recommend additional testing or counseling. If you need follow-up appointments, schedule them before you leave our office so you don’t forget.
Routine checkups at ObGyn Care of Oklahoma decrease your risk of having a serious condition that goes undetected. To schedule your annual well-woman exam, call or use our convenient online booking tool today.