Well Woman’s Exam: What Should Happen

The basic trend for a visit is to conduct a breast and pelvic exam, as well as the pap smear. However, as we move into the future of medicine where test results are becoming more comprehensive and trials have been deemed inconclusive, it is the smart move to insist that your doctor is as thorough as possible during your visit. The fact is, most women have preventative coverages in their insurance plans, but aren’t maximizing the full preventative care benefit. The US Dept of Health and Human Services has outlined and categorized what falls under the preventative care benefit, which is a comprehensive list that includes more than a breast and pelvic exam and a pap smear. Here are a few things you should mention if it is not discussed during your visit:

The message is: take charge and maximize your preventative care benefit. Be as thorough as possible, so that your doctor can too. Your doctor can only serve you as much as you provide the opportunity. If your doctor does not take the opportunity, get a second opinion – and as many as needed to get the care you deserve.

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