Women and men have a different set of needs when it comes to health, and far too many women place their needs after those of everyone else in the family. At Dawson Med, Umar Bowers, MD, Tiffany Bowers, FNP-C, Caitlin Jacobs, FNP-C, and Sandy Taylor, FNP-C, offer outstanding women’s health services to residents of Wilmington, North Carolina, and beyond. Call today to schedule an appointment, or spend a few moments on the easy online booking page.
Women’s health is an area of medical practice primarily focused on addressing reproductive health needs. That said, you can also discuss general health issues, like heart health, high blood pressure, and more.
As you go through the phases of life, your women’s health needs will shift and change. Working with a trusted medical team ensures you get the screenings and health guidance needed to stay healthy and happy. You’ll also know where to turn if you encounter an acute gynecologic issue.
Women’s health visits are commonly called well woman exams. These are preventive health visits, and most women benefit from coming in once a year.
The initial part of your visit involves gathering basic health data to include in your personal medical record. You’ll have a chance to discuss any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit or areas of concern.
A pelvic exam is the next step. This allows your practitioner to visually check your vaginal and cervical tissues for signs of abnormality. Pap smear testing is done during pelvic exams and involves collecting a sample of cervical cells for microscopic examination.
A professional breast check searches for masses of breast tissue, and you can learn how to perform your own exams at home.
No topic is off-limits during your well woman exam. The best way to make the most of your time in the office is to be as open and frank with your provider as possible.
Some of the issues you might choose to discuss during your visit include:
These are just some of the areas of focus you can cover during your well woman exam. If you have specific questions or concerns, writing them down to bring with you can help ensure nothing is overlooked during your appointment.
When you’re ready to get started, call the office to schedule a well woman exam or book a visit online at your earliest convenience.