Pre-Conceptual Care, Gynecology, and Well-Person
A well-person examination is an exam offered to review elements of the person's reproductive health. It is recommended once a year for most people and is advisable for adolescents to have their first well-person visit around age 13 to 15. Often this is just a talk with a clinician, including midwives that concludes with a regular physical exam which includes checking your height, weight and blood pressure, possibly your urine and if necessary may extend to taking blood tests. This visit is a good time for you to talk about your period, especially if you’re worried about it being heavy, painful, or irregular.
If you are, or, planning on becoming sexually active you may want to discuss birth control options and how to decrease the risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STI's), or you may wish to be tested for STI's.
Around the age of 21-25 years, it is recommended that young people have yearly breast and pelvic exams, and pap tests every 3 years.
As you get older, your health needs will likely change, and your well-person visits may include other screening recommendations and referrals for other procedures, like colposcopy, colonoscopy, or a mammogram.
Most importantly, no matter how old you are, building a trusting and honest relationship with your care provider is important. This enables you to discuss concerns more openly about your emotional health, relationships and more, all during your well-woman visit. The more open and honest you are about your concerns, the more appropriately focused your care will be, enabling your care provider to direct you to the right resources or referrals if necessary.
The gynecology and well-person services that we provide include:
Provision of prescriptions
Placement or removal of IUD's/Nexplanon