VNC RealHealth PLLC
Valentine Ugwu, MD, FACOG, MBA
OBGYN & Family Medicine located in Pearsall, TX
Even though you feel healthy, you should still have an annual well-woman visit. At VNC RealHealth in Pearsall, Texas, Valentine C. Ugwu, MD, FACOG, MBA, offers friendly and compassionate well-woman visits to monitor your overall health, screen for health problems such as cervical cancer, and provide advice on how to enhance your wellness. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Well Woman Exam Q & A
What is a well-woman exam?
As a critical part of preventive health care, a well-woman visit is more than just a Pap smear. Your well-woman exam is an opportunity to check in on your health and talk to your trusted provider about your overall wellness. While you can certainly have your Pap smear, pelvic exam, and breast exam during your well-woman visit, Dr. Ugwu can also provide a wide range of services including:
- Contraception advice
- Blood pressure screening
- Blood tests for cholesterol, glucose, and hormone levels
- Depression screening
- Alcohol misuse screening
- Smoking cessation
- Weight management and nutrition advice
- STD screening
Most importantly, your well-woman exam is an opportunity to voice your concerns about your health and ask questions. Dr. Ugwu has years of experience helping women improve and protect their health. He takes time to listen to you and takes your concerns seriously.
How often should I have a well-woman exam?
You should have a well-woman exam once a year. However, it is possible that your well-woman exam will reveal signs of a health issue that may require some follow-up appointments and treatment.
Young women should start having well woman exams around the age of 13-15, and while they don’t need Pap smears until they become sexually active or reach the age of 21, these appointments help them develop a trusting relationship with Dr. Ugwu and get information about what to expect during puberty and how to take care of their changing bodies.
Do I need a Pap smear at every well-woman exam?
You might not need a Pap smear every year. In general, women aged 21-65 should have a Pap smear every three years, although if you’re over the age of 30, you may be able to have a combined Pap smear/HPV test every five years. However, if you’ve ever had abnormal Pap results or have a family history of cervical cancer, you may need more frequent Pap smears.
Schedule your next well woman exam by call VNC RealHealth or booking an appointment online today.
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