Your annual well-woman visit is an excellent opportunity to take control of your health and prevent serious problems, such as cervical cancer. Board-certified gynecologists Stephanie Carmichael, MD, and Andrea Johnson, MD, perform annual exams at Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center in Decatur, Georgia. To schedule your well-woman exam, call or book an appointment online today.
A well-woman exam is a chance for you to discuss your general and reproductive health with your friendly and knowledgeable gynecologist at Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center. Routine gynecological exams can help prevent problems or detect them early when they’re easiest to treat.
What happens at your well-woman exam depends on factors such as your age and medical history. In general, you can expect the following:
At around age 21, women also get routine pelvic exams, Pap smears, and breast exams. As you get older, Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson will refer you for other tests like mammograms.
Pelvic exams are a routine part of your well-woman visit after age 21. During a pelvic exam, Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson checks your reproductive organs, including the vulva, vagina, and cervix.
You lay on your back on the exam table with your feet elevated in supports. Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson begins by checking your vulva and vaginal opening for anything abnormal, such as genital warts.
Then, they insert a speculum into your vagina and gently spread it to view your cervix. Then, Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson performs a Pap smear by swabbing a small sample of cells from your cervix. They can also use another swab to perform an STD test at the same time. They send these cell samples to a laboratory for testing.
After they remove the speculum, Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson inserts one or two fingers into your vagina while gently pressing on your abdomen. This checks for any pain, lumps, or unusual inflammation.
If you’re due for an annual well-woman exam, call Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.