About Well-Woman Exams
As an essential part to your general and sexual health, a well-woman exam is recommended every year to test for any abnormalities and so that you can talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have, including birth control options. At Women's Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs are well equipped to provide thorough well-woman exams for women in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO. With several offered tests, we are able to detect any issues before they develop further and provide you with necessary referrals or treatment options. We also work to build an open and honest relationship with our patients so that they feel comfortable when visiting our practice for an exam. Contact one of our locations today to schedule your comprehensive well-woman exam.
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Depending on your age and any existing concerns, your well-woman exam may consist of several different examinations and diagnostic tests. Prior to the exam, we will take your height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. You will then answer some questions asked to you by a member of our staff regarding any problems you are experiencing, how you are currently feeling, and the date of your last menstrual cycle. One of our experienced OB/GYNs will then perform a few different examinations, including the following:
During a pelvic exam, both the external and internal area of the pelvic area will be inspected. As you lie on the examination table, your OB/GYN may manually feel with two gloved fingers the ovaries, uterus, and cervix while simultaneously pushing on the abdomen in order to detect any abnormalities. Additionally, they will insert a speculum in order to obtain a better view of both the vaginal walls and the cervix. In a pelvic exam, your doctor will be looking for any signs of infection, as well as moles, sores, discharge, discoloration, or other irregularities.
A Pap smear is provided in order to test for human papillomavirus (HPV), precancerous, and cancer cells. During the test, a speculum is inserted into the vaginal opening and a brushing technique is used to collect cells from the cervix. These cells are then sent to a laboratory for testing.
For a breast examination, your OB/GYN will manually feel each breast and underarm area. They are looking for any lumps or other abnormalities.
A mammogram is used as a test to detect breast cancer. During the procedure, a thorough x-ray image is taken of each breast. Mammograms are recommended annually for all women over the age of 40 or earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer.
Based on your age or symptoms, we may request additional testing outside of the regular well-woman visit or send you to a specialist with a referral for a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. Additional follow-up tests could include (but are not limited to):
- Sexually transmitted disease testing
- Ultrasounds or sonograms
- Updates on immunizations
What to Expect
During any part of your exam, if abnormalities are found, we may recommend additional testing, provide referrals, or suggest treatment options. For certain tests, samples may be sent to a lab for evaluation and we will contact you once we receive your results. Feel free to schedule a consultation if you have any questions or concerns prior to or after your well-woman exam.
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It is important to be proactive with your health, especially when given the ability to detect issues before they develop any further. During a well-woman exam, our experienced team of board-certified OB/GYNs will perform a series of tests to evaluate any irregularities that may need additional treatments. Contact one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule your annual well-woman exam.