The staff at Wilshire Family Medicine Clinic understands the unique health needs women have. At their Burleson, Texas, office, the staff offers women-focused services, including women’s wellness exams and Pap tests to protect the overall health of adult women. If you need a wellness exam, now is the time to schedule yours by calling the office to make an appointment or using the online booking feature.
A women’s wellness exam generally occurs every year and gives your doctor the opportunity to evaluate your overall health and the functionality of your reproductive system.
During the exam, you have a chance to discuss any new symptoms or concerns you have about your health, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI). Your doctor reviews your medical and family history to determine if you need any additional screenings for conditions like cervical or breast cancer.
You can also expect a comprehensive physical exam and a pelvic exam during your appointment.
During a pelvic exam, your doctor physically inspects the inner structures of your reproductive system, checking for abnormalities in your cervix, uterus, and vagina. As a part of your pelvic exam, you may also undergo a Pap test.
Your doctor also performs a manual breast exam, checking for abnormal lumps in your breast tissue. If you’re over 40 or have a history of cancer, they may refer you for a mammogram.
A Pap test, also known as a Pap smear, is a minimally invasive test that often occurs during your pelvic exam. It involves a painless collection of cell samples from the entrance of your cervix with a cotton swab. Your doctor at Wilshire Family Medicine Clinic then sends these cell samples to a medical laboratory for further testing.
The goal of this screening is to identify abnormal cells that may indicate the presence of cervical cancer. Testing also evaluates any changes in cervical cells that may develop into cancer.
Ideally, women should have a Pap test each year to better monitor cell changes and identify signs of cancer as early as possible.
Bring along any prescription or supplements you take. It also helps to write down any questions or concerns you have about your health, so you can get the answers and information you need.
If you have your period or a UTI on the day of your exam, it’s best to reschedule. You should also avoid sexual activity, douching, and use of tampons for 24 hours before your pelvic exam. These factors can influence the results of your Pap test.
Schedule your next women’s wellness exam at Wilshire Family Medicine Clinic today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.