If you’re like most of us, health is a top priority though life is busy. You want to live long and stay as healthy as possible for as long as you can. This is extremely hard to do, though, without some way to measure your health and progress. You need to know your relative current state of health at any given moment in order to make the best daily lifestyle choices. For women, the best way to accomplish this is with your annual well woman exam.
Why You Should Get a Well-Woman Exam
Your annual exam will help you keep a pulse on your health and alert you to any problem areas as early as possible. This full health assessment is critical to your ongoing best health. Here are a few reasons why:
1) Prevention is Better
The verdict is in, visiting the OB/GYN is not the most fun kind of way to spend an afternoon. However, prevention is the key when treating illness which makes your annual appointment essential in ensuring your reproductive and physical well-being. Prevention is always better than treatment.
2) Seek Your Doctor’s Opinion
During your annual well-woman exam you can discuss topics and questions that you may have come across regarding your health. Your OB/GYN is your best resource when it comes to women’s health and wellness. Ask them anything you’re uncertain about or just want to know more about. Their experience and wealth of knowledge are invaluable when developing your personal health goals.
3) Access to Important Information
During your doctor’s visit, they will review your medical history while checking your vital signs in order to evaluate any changes in your medical history. Based on age, a women’s health exam is likely to have a gynecology exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test. Your doctor may also do a breast exam for the screening of cancer. All of these tests provide the data necessary to accurately track your overall health and to catch any changes that may occur.
4) Monitor Developing Conditions
While preventing illness is ultimately the goal, it is a fact of life that sometimes people get sick. Your OB/GYN will monitor and track any conditions that may develop and provide needed treatment. The best chance for a quick and complete recovery for most illness is early detection and treatment. Your annual well-woman exam gives your doctor a chance every year to ensure everything is fine or to catch any developing conditions.
5) Guidance Through Life Stages
Setting a strong foundation for self-care is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that young women have their first visit to the gynecologist between the ages of 13-15; after they start their menstrual cycle. From there your body will continue to go through different stages and changes all throughout life. Through your annual well-woman exam, your OB/GYN will guide you through every stage along the way.
Choose Health, Choose Life
Having a good relationship with your OB/GYN and getting your annual well-woman exam is essential to your ongoing health. Your OB/GYN wants to keep you healthy so you can spend your time continuing to do the things that you love. Your OB/GYN is a wellspring of information, guidance, and peace of mind. Give yourself the best shot at a long, healthy life and schedule your annual well-woman visit today.