Womens Wellness Exams Hallandale Beach
Regular women’s wellness exams are an important part of staying healthy. More than 180,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and more than 10,000 are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Many more have sexually transmitted infections or other gynecologic problems that can affect their fertility or health if not diagnosed and treated early. Having an annual gynecological exam, along with conducting a monthly self-breast exam, and ensuring you’re up to date with your vaccinations are important preventative measures to ensure good health. As a recognized regional leader in women’s reproductive care, the friendly clinicians at Hallandale Medical Center are here to serve you with:
- Women’s wellness exams, including breast exams and the PAP test
- Referrals for Colposcopy services (for women with abnormal PAP tests)
- Sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment
- Diagnosis and treatment of other GYN problems such as for vaginal or urinary tract infections
- Birth control education and provision
Every woman who is sexually active, or over the age of 21 should have a wellness exam every 12 months. The exam includes:
- Review of personal and family medical history
- Discussion of birth control needs or plans for pregnancy
- A pelvic exam
- A breast exam
- A thyroid exam
- A PAP test (to test for cervical abnormalities that might indicate cancer)
A frequent concern of women is the PAP smear. It’s recommended that all young women get their first PAP smear and pelvic exam by age 21 or after their first sexual encounter, whichever comes first. You should also seek help regardless of sexual activity if you’re having gynecological issues. You should be getting yearly PAP smears until age 30; at 30, if you’ve had negative test results for three years and no history of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), you can reduce frequency of getting tested to every three years. After age 70, it’s unlikely that you need PAP smears, but you should still be conducting yearly pelvic exams.
The PAP test can be momentarily uncomfortable, but with our clinicians’ expertise, it’s over quickly. If you have any specific questions about the PAP exam or other woman’s wellness exams, please call us!
The well-woman exam is also an excellent time to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). When you schedule your appointment, ask to be tested for STDs! If this your first well-woman exam, our clinicians are here to explain the exam to you every step of the way.