Women’s Health in Coquitlam, BC
An annual women’s health and wellness exam is very important for your overall health as a woman. At Eagle Ridge Medical Clinic, we will conduct a thorough well woman exam, reviewing your general and gender-specific health.
What does a women’s health exam entail?
A women’s health exam, also known as a well woman exam, is your annual exam with your primary care physician. Generally performed once a year, a women’s health exam consists of routine examination procedures, as well as those specific to your gender. Wellness exams include: height and weight measurements, blood tests, listening to your heart and lungs, and checking reflexes. Additionally, your physician will perform a Pap smear, pelvic, and breast exam.
What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is a test that takes a swab of the cells from your cervix. The swab is sent off to the lab and tested for any abnormalities that may indicate the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells within the cervix. Based on the results of your Pap smear, additional testing or follow up visits may be required.*
What is a breast exam?
An annual breast exam, given by your physician, is when your doctor will examine around the breast, feeling the breast for any lumps for abnormalities. They will often check in to see how often you are performing self-examinations. Self-administered breast exams are recommended once a month. Based on what your doctor finds, additional testing may be required.
What else should be addressed during a women’s health exam?
Your physician will want to be updated on any lifestyle changes. They will want to make a note of any changes to your family medical history, exercise, diet habits, and especially your health. If you notice any changes to your health or any concerns, this is the best time to consult your physician.
How do I prepare for my women’s health exam?
In order to make the most of your well woman exam, make a list of everything that you are concerned about in regards to your health. Note any significant changes to your lifestyle including professional and personal. Make a list of any new medications you are taking and bring them with you. Most importantly, make note of any new conditions that have risen within your family since your previous visit. These need to be added to your family medical history.