Well Woman Exams

Suburban OB/GYN

OB/GYNs located in Saint Louis, MO

Small problems are usually easier to deal with than big problems. It’s true for many aspects of life, but perhaps nowhere more important than with your health. The women’s health professionals at Suburban OB/GYN in St. Louis, Missouri, offer well woman exams as a preventive measure to catch small problems before they can develop into large ones. Call the office today or book your appointment online.

Well Woman Exams Q & A

When should I start seeing an OB/GYN for well woman exams?

These visits, geared toward preventive medicine, can start as soon as you have questions about the onset of puberty and your development into womanhood. For most women, this is usually around the ages of 13 to 15 years old. Since there are so many changes occurring in your body, it’s natural to be worried about how normal these changes are.

Women under the age of 18 may receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and if you’re active sexually or considering the possibility, your Suburban OB/GYN care provider is an excellent resource for information about birth control and sexually transmitted infections.

Once you reach the age of 21, annual pelvic exams typically begin, and your well-woman visit may include breast examinations and Pap testing.

As you get older, age-appropriate procedures are added, such as mammograms around age 40 and menopause management if it becomes necessary.

What can I expect during a well woman exam?

This exam, usually scheduled annually, is largely a routine physical exam with an emphasis on women’s health issues. Your vital signs are taken, and you’ll be asked questions about your medical history, particularly since your last visit to Suburban OB/GYN. Some of the questions you’ll be asked include:

  • How often do your periods occur and how long do they last?
  • Do you spot between periods?
  • Are you sexually active?
  • Do you experience bleeding or pain when you have sex?
  • Do you use birth control and if so, which methods?
  • Are you considering pregnancy?
  • Do you have other health conditions?

You may also be asked about your family’s health, as a way to investigate genetic conditions for which you may be at risk. Other questions may involve smoking, alcohol, or drug use. Since each may have a bearing on your reproductive health, honesty is important. Your doctor needs this information for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Is a well woman exam an appropriate time to ask for advice or information?

Yes, it’s the ideal time to bring up matters than concern you about your health and wellness. For example, if you’re thinking about starting a family, your Suburban OB/GYN doctor can provide you with resources to prepare your body and mind, even if you haven’t decided yet.