What is Well-Woman Care?
Well-woman care is key to health management and disease detection and prevention throughout your life. The well-woman exam is a good time for your health care provider to screen you for potential reproductive health problems, answer your questions, and discuss your concerns. Professionals for Women's Health in Columbus, OH, is home to a talented team of OB/GYNs, nurse practitioners, midwives, and clinical nurse specialists, who are completely dedicated to ensuring our patients receive the best possible care.
"This is the most wonderful place! Everyone is friendly and professional. I see Lindsay Randolph who is awesome and always make sure I get the best gyno care. I have to give a special shout out to Cathie who did my mammogram this last visit. This was year 11 for mammograms for me, and I always dread it because it is usually extremely uncomfortable and a bit painful. This time was completely painless. I don't know how she does it, but I will never schedule these with anyone else! I recommend anyone looking for new services for women's health absolutely visit Professionals for Women's Health."- W.S. / Google / Nov 07, 2020
"Everyone here was AWESOME!!! I went in for one thing and they ended up helping me out and we did my complete wellness exam. Cathie made the mammogram painless and quick. They were my doctors when I gave birth to my daughter 6 years ago and still just as professional today. Plus they were able to me quickly."- K.G. / Google / Oct 29, 2020
"I've always had great experiences here. Everyone has been supportive and authentic from the front office and nursing staff to Dr. Rahl. My recent onsite mammogram with Cathie was awesome - no pain or discomfort at all."- K.A. / Google / Oct 22, 2020
What Services Make Up a Well-Woman Exam?
The well-woman exam typically includes the following components:
Basic History and Physical: Patients will be asked a few questions about their sexual, medical, and family history before performing a very basic physical exam to check their overall health. It includes measurement of weight and blood pressure, as they can influence the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and contraceptive or hormone replacement choices.
Review of Medications: Your health care provider will analyze any current medications, herbs, and/or supplements you may be taking in order to discuss the need for any new or refilled medications.
Breast Exam: An inspection and pressing of your breasts and your armpits while your arms are in various positions.
Pelvic Exam with Pap Test: An examination of your reproductive organs for problems and signs of cervical cancer.
Contraceptive Counseling: A discussion regarding which, if any, contraceptives you wish to use.
Menopause and Mid-Life Counseling: If you are over age 45 or having perimenopausal symptoms, your health care provider should discuss the risks and benefits of your using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore the estrogen and progesterone that decrease toward menopause. They should also discuss lifestyle habits that affect the perimenopause transition period.
Laboratory Testing: Standard urine and blood screens may be performed.
Take Control of Your Feminine Health
Well-woman exams are one of many ways to ensure your body is functioning exactly the way it is supposed to work. At Professionals for Women's Health, we want each and every one of our patients to feel completely comfortable discussing any issues they may be having in order to ensure we can accurately and effectively treat them. Contact our facility in Columbus, OH, today to schedule your well-woman exam.
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