Annual well-woman exams are an ideal way to stay on top of your physical, reproductive, and sexual health. At Nova Women’s Health, experienced OB/GYN Anju Nayar, MD, FACOG, and the team provide comprehensive well-woman exams for adult women and adolescent girls in a comfortable, state-of-the-art office. The providers complete physicals, pelvic exams, and other preventive screenings. They also offer on-site breast exams and mammography services to check for breast cancer. Call the North Reading, Massachusetts, office to schedule well-woman exams for yourself or your teen or book an appointment online today.
Well-woman exams are preventive visits that you schedule once a year. You should schedule a well-woman exam every year, even if you feel fine and experience no unusual symptoms.
Annual visits help the Nova Women’s Health team identify signs of acute and chronic health issues in the earliest stages when many conditions are easier to treat. Early detection and treatment of underlying health conditions also lower your risk for ongoing complications.
During a well-woman exam, the Nova Women’s Health providers review your personal and medical history and complete a physical exam. They also complete a pelvic exam to evaluate your reproductive organs and check for abnormalities like fibroids or cysts.
During your pelvic exam, your physician can complete a Pap smear. This preventive test involves collecting a sample of cells from your cervix. The team sends the sample to a medical lab to test for precancerous changes that can increase your risk for cervical cancer.
Other services available during a well-woman exam include:
If any of your test results indicate an underlying condition that needs treatment, the providers customize a care plan to your needs. For instance, if you have early warning signs of cervical cancer, they can discuss your options for removing abnormal cells during a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Well-woman exams can lower your risk for long-term complications by identifying underlying reproductive health conditions in the earliest stages.
These preventive exams are an excellent time to address any reproductive health or sexual wellness concerns. The providers can help you choose the best birth control method to prevent unintended pregnancy and provide preconception counseling services when you’re ready to start your family.
Well-woman exams also provide an opportunity to learn ways to improve your health. The Nova Women’s Health team can recommend lifestyle strategies and diet changes you can use to optimize your overall health and manage your weight in the long term.
Call Nova Women’s Health to schedule well-woman exams for yourself or your adolescent daughter or book an appointment online today.