As women, we know the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and general health exams. However, some women neglect to get their annual well-woman exam. While getting a well-woman checkup may not be at the top of your to-do list, making sure that you are continuing with your annual well-woman exam is important to maintain good health.
A well-woman checkup is an annual preventative screening of any breast and gynecological diseases. During this visit, you should expect to have your health habits and history reviewed, get a physical examination, and set health goals with your provider.
It is important to have annual well-woman checkups because women should be screened for any health issues and be given preventative measures to take in case. Starting at age 21, women should have yearly exams to stay up-to-date on their reproductive health, breast health and health screenings.
Being proactive about staying up-to-date on exams is one of the keys to staying healthy. Well-woman exams also serve as a learning opportunity to better understand your body and what to do to keep it healthy. Aside from these visits being an annual exam, these appointments should provide a safe space for open discussion to discuss sensitive and personal questions.
The obstetricians, gynecologists and certified nurse-midwives at UofL Health are here to provide well-woman exams and to provide any information to help answer any questions about your health. Discussing any concerns now could help prevent bigger health issues in the future.