About Well-Woman Exams
A well-woman exam is a preventive gynecological visit that helps to monitor your sexual and reproductive health in addition to your total well-being. At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, Dr. Gerry Sotomayor works with women of all ages during yearly well-woman exams to check the reproductive organs and diagnose or treat feminine health concerns. The appointment typically includes a physical exam, pelvic exam, Pap smear, and lab tests. You should begin scheduling annual well-woman exams by the time you turn 21 or as soon as you become sexually active. Dr. Sotomayor takes a compassionate approach and offers holistic care during well-woman exams near Norcross, GA. Get in touch with our team to schedule your appointment.
What to expect during your appointment
Well-woman exams begin by reviewing your medical history, medications, and the date of your last menstrual cycle. A blood panel and a urine test may also be included in your visit. Within a private treatment room, we will take your blood pressure, height, and weight, and you will be asked to change into a paper gown. First, a breast exam will be conducted to check for any lumps or abnormalities. Next, your feet will be placed in stirrups so your doctor can perform a pelvic exam and Pap smear. The outside of your vagina will be examined, and then a speculum will then be placed inside your vagina, which allows Dr. Sotomayor to check for abnormalities. He will also take a tissue sample from the cervix, which is tested for abnormal cells. Well-woman exams are also an opportunity to discuss any reproductive or sexual health concerns within a private, caring environment. Dr. Sotomayor routinely provides guidance on topics, like family planning, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, STDs, menopause, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction.
Well-Woman Exam FAQ
What is included in a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam includes four parts plus testing:
- Pap smear
- Pelvic exam
- Breast exam
- Physical examination
- Lab testing
How often should I get a well-woman exam?
After you turn 21, it is recommended that you have a well-woman exam every year.
What’s the difference between a well-woman exam vs. an annual physical?
In addition to regular physical examination and testing (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc.), a well-woman exam includes a pap smear, breast exam, and a pelvic exam.
Are well-woman exams covered by insurance?
Most health insurers cover the costs of preventative exams, including a well-woman exam.
Quality Gynecology Care
No matter your age or stage of life, well-woman exams can help you stay proactive in your reproductive and sexual health. There's no need to be embarrassed or worried about receiving the gynecology care you need. The team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta helps Norcross, GA patients feel at ease within a comfortable environment. We invite you to book your exam at our office today.