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A well woman exam is used to provide your provider with an insight into both your general and reproductive health. They can identify potential health problems while still in their earliest stages and provide appropriate forms of treatment. The providers of Lone Tree OB/GYN & Midwives offer a comprehensive list of obstetric and gynecological services to residents who live in the greater Lone Tree and Castle Rock, Colorado area. If you want to schedule a well woman exam and live in the area, call the facility to schedule your appointment.
In the past, gynecologists recommended their patients have a pap smear each year during their well woman exam. Times have changed and, in most cases, pap smears are now recommended every three years for women who are between the ages of 21 and 65.
Your provider may recommend them more often if you have had problems with sexually transmitted diseases or other vaginal infections in the past. A history of cervical dysplasia or an extensive family history of cervical and other reproductive cancers may also play a role in how often your provider recommends you have a pap smear.
During a well woman exam, your provider's main goal is to ensure that you're in optimum health, both generally and reproductively. Your provider will ask if you're experiencing any abnormal symptoms with your periods or in general. If you're of childbearing age, they may also discuss birth control options as well.
Your provider will look for any abnormalities that may be present in the breast, genitals, and on the cervix. Much like with a regular doctor, they will also monitor your heart, breathing, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. The goal is to identify any potential health problems and remedy them before they become major issues.
Preventive exams like mammograms and pap smears are used to identify potential problems while they are still in the earliest stages. They can detect even the subtlest of changes in tissue, long before any real symptoms begin to appear.
Regarding both cervical and breast cancer, early detection saves lives. The earlier the cancer is detected and treated, the better your chances of survival. It offers your provider a wider range of treatment options and reduces the risk of cancer spreading to other areas of the body.
Preventive exams allow providers to be proactive, especially if you're at high risk for various types of reproductive cancers or health conditions.