A well-woman exam is an annual preventive screening of breast and gynecological diseases. It is recommended that annual visits to an obstetrician/gynecologist begin at age 21, or earlier, if a woman is sexually active.
During the visit, your ob/gyn will discuss your health and lifestyle behaviors and will perform a physical exam. The doctor will ask about your menstrual cycle, your exercise and eating habits, smoking and alcohol consumption, and sexual activity.
Your doctor will conduct the following exams during the well-woman exam:
- Breast exam – depending on age and medical history, a mammogram may be ordered.
- Pelvic exam – depending on age, a Pap smear and possibly a test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) may be performed.
- Bone density scan – depending on age and medical history, this may be ordered.