Well-woman exams are the foundation of women’s health and a need that no woman should overlook. At Dekalb Women’s Specialists in Decatur and Stonecrest, Georgia, Albert Scott, Jr., MD, and Mercy Amua-Quarshie, MD, offer comprehensive and compassionate well-woman exams. If you need to schedule a preventive health visit, booking options include phone calls or online scheduling.
Well-woman exams allow you to get the women’s health screenings appropriate for your age and overall health. These visits strive to detect areas of concern in the earliest possible stages.
Pap smear testing is a powerful tool in detecting cervical cancer, including minute cellular changes that occur in the precancerous stage. Early detection allows for early intervention, dramatically reducing your risk of negative outcomes.
Well-woman exams are also the setting where you can ask questions and receive guidance on any women’s health topic you like. This empowers you to take active control of your own health destiny.
The early portion of your visit focuses on gathering routine information like your height, weight, and blood pressure. You then change into an exam garment and get comfortable on the treatment table or chair.
A breast exam is often part of the process and checks your breast tissue for abnormalities. A pelvic exam usually follows.
Your practitioner uses a speculum device to separate your vaginal walls gently. This facilitates a visual inspection of your vaginal and cervical tissues. Your practitioner also uses their hands to feel for any tissue abnormalities.
Pap smear testing is performed at this stage of the exam. If your most recent PAP test did not reveal signs of concern, you may not need another test for a few years.
Time is built into every well-woman exam for you to ask questions or express concerns. Feel free to discuss any women’s health issue you like, including:
Your well-woman exam is a time to focus on your own health and wellness. No topic is off-limits.
Most women benefit from annual well-woman exams. This timing increases the chance of catching any sign of disease as early as possible.
Young women who come in for adolescent gynecology visits may not need a pelvic exam, and PAP smear testing is not always done on an annual basis. Women should have well-woman exams from the time they enter adulthood through menopause and beyond.
Book your well-woman exam at Dekalb Women’s Specialists online or by phone.