Do something sweet for yourself this Valentine’s Day: Schedule your annual well-woman checkup

Are you due for your annual well-woman checkup?
Are you due for your annual well-woman checkup?

Anne Vaillant, CNM

The time is near for chocolates and flowers, but we suggest you do something sweet for yourself in honor of Valentine’s Day this year.

Women often put caring for themselves on the back burner as they strive to care for those around them. That’s why we encourage you to do something for yourself this February and take time to schedule any health appointments you may be due for.

While most women don’t require a Pap smear every year, annual well-woman checkups are an important way for you to stay on top of your health.

 What to Expect

During this appointment, we’ll review any changes to your health over the past year. We’ll talk about changes in your medical or family history, your menstrual cycle and sexual health, as well as any risk factors you have. In addition, we’ll discuss your concerns and questions about issues that impact your health, ranging from family planning and birth control to your relationships, safety and mental well-being.

The appointment will include a physical exam, measuring height and weight, blood pressure and temperature, as well as a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam.

We’ll also perform or recommend additional screenings or tests that are indicated, such as a Pap smear, bone density screening, mammogram or blood tests for things such as sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, and iron and vitamin D levels.

Regular exams and screenings can help us detect problems when they’re developing or in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. We will discuss your risk factors and history and develop a customized screening schedule or care plan for you.

If you need to schedule your annual well-woman checkup, call us for an appointment today.