Annual Well-Woman Exam Specialist

Shaurin Patel, M.D. -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

ObGyn Care of Oklahoma

Shaurin Patel, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Oklahoma City, OK

Women need to regularly monitor a variety of health concerns over the course of their lives. At ObGyn Care of Oklahoma, Dr. Shaurin Patel provides annual well-woman exams to screen for issues like breast cancer and gynecological diseases. Getting your annual well-woman exam is a key tenet of preventive care and shouldn't be neglected. If it's time for your annual well-woman exam, call the Oklahoma City office or use the online booking tool today.

Annual Well-Woman Exam Q & A

When should I have my first well-woman exam?

Dr. Patel typically recommends starting annual well-woman exams around age 13 or 14. Your first visit will likely include a routine physical exam and a discussion about your overall health and wellness with Dr. Patel. It's always good to start early and form good habits when it comes to preventive care.

What happens during an annual well-woman exam?

Your annual well-woman exam is a checkup to monitor your body, your reproductive health, and your overall health. As a woman, there are a myriad of health concerns you need to keep an eye on. During your annual well-woman visits, Dr. Patel discusses your lifestyle habits and may screen you for common conditions and diseases.

Depending on your age and medical history, your visit may include:

  • A discussion about your periods and sexual activity
  • Pap smear
  • STD tests
  • Breast exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Shots (for example, the HPV vaccine)

Why do I need an annual well-woman exam?

Whether you're a young woman or you're going through menopause, maintaining your annual well-woman exam is extremely important. By checking in with Dr. Patel for these regular visits, you increase the likelihood of detecting health obstacles early when they are easiest to treat.

During your annual well-woman exams, Dr. Patel performs exams and screenings for serious health conditions, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • STDs

Neglecting your annual well-woman exams can make treatment for complex conditions more difficult and potentially more burdensome on you. During your visits, Dr. Patel also offers counseling on matters like nutrition and exercise that will help improve your overall quality of life.  

What other tests are involved in an annual well-woman exam?

Depending on your age, medical history, sexual history, and calculated risk for developing certain medical conditions, Dr. Patel may recommend more tests during your annual well woman exam. One common test Dr. Patel suggests is a mammogram, a comprehensive X-ray to diagnose and screen your breasts.

In most cases, your annual well-woman exam is a routine but critical checkup that doesn't require complicated testing. To schedule your next or first yearly well-woman exam with Dr. Patel, call or use the online booking tool today.