Well-Woman Care

Description of Well-Woman Care

Annual check-ups are an investment in your ongoing health. They also provide an excellent opportunity learn about your health as well as develop a collaborative relationship with YOUR healthcare provider. Evaluating your over-all health on an annual basis can also help you make positive life-changing decisions with regard to diet, exercise and sleep habits that will help you feel your best for many years to come.

In general, well-woman care includes screening, evaluation and counseling, and may include immunizations based on your age and risk factors. The intervals for these services will vary depending on your individual needs.

Age-Related Recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

13 – 18 Years

In addition to taking your medical history, common measurements include your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure.  A pelvic exam may be done if one is indicated by your medical history.  An abdominal exam and any additional physical exams may be completed when they become clinically appropriate.  Based on your medical history, appropriate labs and screening may be ordered.

19 – 39 Years

You are in your prime child-bearing years.  In addition to taking your medical history, common measurements include your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure, a complete birth history will also be taken.  A physical exam will assess your thyroid and abdomen.  Beginning at age 20, a clinical breast exam is recommended every 1 to 3 years.  A pelvic exam may be done based on your age and medical history.  Also based on your age and unique medical history, appropriate labs and screening may be ordered.

40 – 64 Years

Your history may now include a fuller picture of reproductive health:  menstrual history, births, and any medical/surgical concerns.  Your family medical history, dietary habits, level of physical activity and any menopausal symptoms you are having can all benefit from your annual check-up.  Your height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure will be measured.  A more complete physical exam will assess your thyroid, breasts, abdomen, and pelvis.  Additional physical exams may be completed if they are clinically indicated.  Age-appropriate labs and screening may be ordered to monitor your health and keep you in tip-top shape.

65 and Up

Even as you grow older and wiser, your annual check-ups continue to be an important and necessary part of your healthcare.  In addition to your medical history and the basic measurements including your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure, you may now be enjoying a well-developed and trusted relationship with your healthcare provider!  A complete physical exam based entirely on your history and risk factors becomes unique to you with appropriate labs and screening being ordered.  Additional age-appropriate screening may include bone mineral density tests, diabetes testing, mammography, and colorectal cancer screening.