Annual Well-Woman Exams: Why Seeing Your Gynecologist is Important

Annual Well-Woman Exams: Why Seeing Your Gynecologist is Important

August 17th, 2021

Life can be really busy. You may feel like you need to put some things off because you just cannot fit everything you need to do in. It’s possible your annual well-woman exam may be one of those things you feel you can wait on. As tempting as this may sound to cancel your annual appointment, it is extremely important that you make time to take care of yourself and see your gynecologist for your exam. 

Why You Need An Annual Exam
As we age, our bodies change. A woman in her 20s is not going to be dealing with the same issues as a woman in her 50s, however, both can benefit from seeing their gynecologist. During a well-woman exam, patients have the opportunity to ask their doctors questions. For some women, these questions may be about birth control. While for others, their questions may center around what to expect during menopause. At Women’s Surgery and Aesthetic’s Center, our team is ready to help you as you navigate womanhood. We can answer any questions you can have. 

Health Screenings
Well-woman exams are also important because women can receive any screenings they need. According to the World Health Organization, “cervical cancer is the fourth most common in women.” In the United States alone, the American Cancer Society anticipates that close to 14,500 women will be diagnosed this year. Testing is recommended beginning in your 20s, however, women between the ages of 35-44 are the most frequently diagnosed. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, according to the CDC. During a woman’s lifetime, the American Cancer Society says there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. The earlier cervical cancer and breast cancer are diagnosed the better, so screenings are essential. Gynecologists can talk with women about their risks and answer their questions.

Sexual Health
Sex is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, however, many women deal with problems in the bedroom. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, around 4 in 10 women will experience sex problems sometime during their lives. General problems with sex are labeled as “female sexual dysfunction.” These women typically experience issues with desire and arousal, orgasms, pain during sex, or issues during intercourse due to medications or substances. When you visit your gynecologist for your yearly exam, you need to tell your doctor about any sexual issues you’re experiencing. Your doctor can help you find solutions to overcome these problems. At Women’s Surgery & Aesthetics, we understand that bringing sexual problems up can be difficult. Our providers are committed to creating a warm and caring environment where you can feel comfortable and safe when discussing sensitive issues.  

There is still plenty of time for you to schedule your 2021 exam. We want to help women thrive and enjoy every stage of their lives. You can learn more about our gynecology services by visiting https://bit.ly/3iQKM01. Give us a call today at 423-899-6511 to schedule your appointment.