An annual women's exam is an important part of your overall health maintenance. At Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. in San Antonio, Texas, the team of expert OB/GYNs offers annual exams to help you live a happier, healthier life. To schedule your annual exam, call the office or book an appointment online.
An annual exam checks the health of your reproductive organs and your general health. It usually involves a Pap smear and breast exam. You may call it a routine check-up, well-woman exam, annual Pap, or preventive visit.
At Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A., the doctors recommend women who are sexually active come in for a yearly visit. Women of all ages are welcome at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A.
Girls who are not sexually active usually come in around the ages of 13-15 just to meet with the doctors and start to build a relationship, but probably won’t undergo a pelvic exam unless symptoms suggest they need one. At age 21, women undergo their first Pap smear.
During your annual exam, the staff at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. records your vital signs, specifically your temperature, weight, and blood pressure. They also perform a pelvic exam and breast exam. They spend much of the appointment discussing your family medical history, sexual history, menstrual cycle, and birth control options.
If you have unusual symptoms and are sexually active, the doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. may recommend you undergo testing for sexually transmitted infections. If you describe pelvic pain or irregular bleeding, they may also recommend a pelvic ultrasound — but this is not a normal part of the annual exam.
In most cases, you need no tests apart from a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer and a breast exam. If you’re older than 40, the doctors recommend you undergo a mammogram.
Feel free to raise any concerns you may have with the doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. The team wants to know about any unusual symptoms you’re having, including:
If you have questions about sexually transmitted infections, birth control, or safe sex practices, an annual exam is an ideal time to raise them. If you’re considering getting pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, you should also bring this to the attention of the doctors.
To schedule your annual exam, call Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. or book an appointment online.