Staying healthy is an important part of everyone’s life, but not everyone sets aside the time necessary to check on their health and wellbeing. We know that your life can get busy, but your health should always be made a high priority. Well-Women Exams are quick and informative, providing you with the information you need to make healthy decisions for yourself.
At NCHS, our Well-Women Exams can help you and your doctor identify any warning signs associated with cancer. It’s important to catch cancer at an early stage to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas of the body, which is why it’s important to stop in regularly for pelvic and breast exams.
One of the two well-known examinations for Well-Women Exams is the pelvic exam. During this exam, the healthcare provider is looking for signs of illness in the woman’s reproductive organs that may indicate cancer or other issues. A Pap smear is usually done during a routine pelvic exam. A sample of cells may be taken during the Pap test to rule out any precancerous and cancerous cells.
If you have any questions about pelvic exams or the process, you can always call ahead. Our staff is friendly and respectful about your medical situation. We will be happy to help you through the process of a Well-Woman Exam so that you can stay on top of your body’s health.
Breast exams are another important examination offered through Well-Women Exams at NCHS. While self-examinations are important, it’s recommended to see a healthcare professional at least once a year to rule out any risks of breast cancer. If any signs of breast cancer are found, there are biopsy tests that can identify if the finding is benign.
When visiting NCHS for a breast examination, healthcare professionals will be feeling for unusual lumps or abnormalities in the breast and underarms. NCHS recommends having an annual breast examination to help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
Why Should I Get a Well-Woman Exam?
An annual Well-Woman Exam should be a part of every woman’s yearly health routine.
It’s Preventative Care
Making sure you have regular breast and pelvic exams can make a big difference in your overall health, as they look for any signs that may indicate cancer or other health issues. By checking regularly, you and your doctor will be able to keep an eye on your health and identify issues early on before they become a problem. The sooner issues are identified, the quicker you and your healthcare provider can take action to prevent or eliminate it before it becomes a problem.
It’s an Opportunity to Ask Important Questions
If you’re already been going to your doctor for regular well-woman exams, then you might be missing a golden opportunity to improve your health even more and gain a better understanding of how your body functions. Whether it’s your first time visiting for a well-woman exam, never hesitate to ask the questions that are swimming through your mind.
Asking your doctor health oriented questions is a great way to get a step ahead on your personal health. Rather than simply going in for an exam and leaving it at that, use the opportunity to garner a piece of education to help improve your life. What else is on your mind? Now’s a great time to ask about your nutrition, stress levels, medications, mood, health history, and more.
It’s Highly Affordable
In many cases, healthcare can cover the cost of your well-woman exam. With that kind of price tag, why not jump on the opportunity to stay at the top of your health and be well versed in how your body is functioning? Even if your health insurance doesn’t cover the well-woman exam, we provide all of our services in an affordable manner.
It Can Be Customized Based On Your Current Health and Goals
While the well-woman exam typically covers a default range of services, screenings, and other services, the well-woman exam can be tailored based on your individual needs. For example, if you know your family is prone to depression, you can add depression screening to your well-woman exam to always keep an eye on it.
There are many types of screenings you can have added to your regular exam that your doctor will make sure to look for each time. These screenings can be customized based on your current health status or what your doctor feels is necessary to track.
Well-Woman Exam Locations
To schedule breast exams, pelvic exams, or well-woman exams, you can contact us at NCHS. Below you’ll find a list of our current health centers that offer well-women exams:
- San Marcos: Adult Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dental, Lab and X-Ray, Pediatric Care, Pharmacy and Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa (Women’s Health): Specialization for Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa (Women’s Health) – Satellite: Specialization for Women’s Health
- Encinitas: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Women’s Health
Getting well-woman exams should be the priority of every woman if they are not currently scheduling regular visits, even those that feel they are in a good health condition. Your well-woman exam will include important exams (like breast cancer screening) that will help to spot problems before they become serious. The earlier you catch these issues, the better chance you have at preventing, reducing, or managing them.
Contact us to schedule your Well-Woman Exam or if you have any questions.