Foye MD and Spa
Weight Loss Clinic and Medical Spa Located in Houston, TX
What is a well-woman exam?
In addition to standard preventive care, it’s important for women to regularly monitor the parts of their body and the health care concerns that are particular to their sex. A well-woman exam consists of a number of tests that aim to monitor and maximize your health as a woman, such as:
Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals inspect your breasts for lumps, skin texture, nipple discharge, and any changes in shape.
Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals evaluate your reproductive organs, including your vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, and uterus, to determine if there are any abnormalities. She’ll also examine your pelvis and rectum.
Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals use a device called a speculum to hold open your vaginal walls and then utilizes a soft brush and scraping device to gather a sample of cervical cells to test for cervical cancer
You might also have a mammogram, depending on your age, current health, and risk for breast cancer. A well-woman exam is also an excellent time to discuss, screen for, and/or treat any sexually transmitted diseases.
What are the most common sexually transmitted diseases in women?
Sexual activity leaves you vulnerable to any sexually transmitted disease, but there are some that show up in women more frequently than others. Those include:
- human papillomavirus (HPV)
- genital herpes
If you’re experiencing symptoms of any sexually transmitted diseases, the first step toward treatment and relief is an open and honest conversation with the health care providers at Foyé MD and Spa Primary Care in Houston, Tx. Many sexually transmitted diseases worsen without treatment and are actually quite easy to prevent and manage with the supervision and guidance of a doctor.
How often should I see a doctor for women’s health?
You should get your first well-woman exam in your mid to late teens, and from age 21 onward, you should be seen for a well-woman exam once a year. The American Cancer Society recommends a clinical breast exam at least every three years for women who are 20 years and older, and a mammogram every year for women who are 40 years or older.
The team at Foyé MD and Spa in Houston have years of experience in helping women to check and maintain their health, and they look forward to taking care of yours as well. Schedule an appointment today by calling the offices or booking a visit online.