Well Woman Care in Chicago, IL
The Benefits of Well Woman Care
Sure, you might not need a Pap test this year, but that doesn’t mean that you can skip out on visiting your gynecologist altogether. It’s good to visit our OBGYN every year so that we can ensure that you are getting the right exams, screenings, and care that you need throughout the years. Your needs will evolve as you age, and your gynecologist can play an integral role in your health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
Along with providing traditional pelvic exams and Pap tests, we also provide a comprehensive exam that can identify certain heart, lung, or thyroid conditions that may be impacting your reproductive health. We can also provide early screening tools to look for signs of depression or anxiety.
When you come into our office for your annual visit, make sure to bring a list of medications you are currently taking, as well as any health changes that may have occurred over the past year (e.g., new diagnoses; hospitalizations; surgeries). If you have any concerns about your menstrual cycle or health, make sure to write them all down so that we can address these issues and come up with a plan of action so that you leave our practice feeling heard, seen, and properly cared for.
When to See Your OBGYN
Teen girls can benefit from seeing an OBGYN as early as thirteen, especially if they are dealing with menstruation issues. During a woman’s teen years, a well-women visit is a great way to assess height, weight, and vital signs, provide certain immunizations (e.g. HPV vaccine), offer a physical examination, and provide consultations on everything from diet and lifestyle to mental health, body image and birth control options.
Young women between the ages of 20 to 39 should come in once a year for physical exams and checkups, as well as to assess height, weight, cholesterol, and vital signs. We will also perform breast exams, STI tests, and Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. An OBGYN can also provide advice on family planning, as well as pre- and post-natal care.
Middle-aged women also benefit greatly from annual well-women care. Along with breast exams, mammograms, Pap smears, and all the standard screening tools, we also provide treatment options to alleviate those early signs of menopause such as hot flashes. We can also identify osteoporosis, which occurs in menopausal women, and offer treatment options and recommendations to slow the progression of this common bone disease.