Why are annual women’s health exams important?
Your annual health exam is designed to maintain or improve your overall quality of life. By talking with one of our experienced healthcare providers, an examination of your medical history, and any necessary diagnostic tests, our annual Well Woman Exams can assist in the early detection and diagnosis of many conditions, including:
- Cancer: Early detection of breast and cervical cancers improves long-term survival rates and may offer increased treatment options.
- Heart Disease: Laboratory tests and discussion about your lifestyle and genetic risk factors can help you learn about your risk of heart disease.
- Diabetes: Early detection, diet, exercise, medication, and a supporting healthcare team are keys to minimizing complications of diabetes.
- Osteoporosis: Strong bone structure can help you stay active and healthy as you age. Yearly tests for calcium and other essential nutrients can help.
- Endometriosis: Often misdiagnosed, our expert clinicians are trained to help identify and treat this painful condition.
- Depression: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Open dialogue with your healthcare provider is a good first step.
- Anemia: Low iron and vitamin levels can lead to low levels of energy and other side effects. Proper testing can help you stay healthy!
Your yearly wellness exam can also help you understand the risks of autoimmune disorders, common infections, and other health issues.
Do I need to prepare for my health exam?
Come prepared with a list of your medications and be prepared to discuss changes in your health or questions you have about your health.
What should I expect when I come in for my health exam?
Your annual health exam is a once-a-year visit with your primary care provider to check on your general health, monitor changes in chronic conditions, and discuss your overall health and well-being.
As part of your annual health exam, your provider will:
- Perform a physical exam including breast exams to check for breast cancer and a Pap smear based on guidelines to check for cervical cancers
- Review your medical and family history to identify possible risk factors
- Ask about your home and work life to determine if any environmental factors may be affecting your health
- Discuss the medications and supplements you’re taking, their effectiveness, and possible alternatives
- Help you develop a better understanding of your sexual health and fertility
- Recommend additional diagnostic tests based on your health needs
Your health exam will take 30-60 minutes to complete. Depending on how many and what type of tests your provider orders, full results may not be available for several days.
Will insurance pay for my health exam?
Most forms of insurance cover a yearly health exam, but you may be responsible for a co-pay. We accept a variety of plans from insurance companies like Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Optima-Medicaid, Virginia Premier, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, United and we are members of the Valley Health Plan and Multiplan networks. Call our office for more information.