What are well woman exams?
Well woman exams are annual reproductive health examinations for women. During this exam, your physician will check the breasts, vagina and uterus. Depending on your age and lifestyle, Pap smears, STD tests, mammograms and HPV vaccines may also be recommended.
Why is well woman care important?
Well woman care is important because prevention is essential to healthcare. Many health conditions occur slowly and are the result of lifestyle factors: diet, exercise or health habits. An annual visit is an opportunity to catch problems early or to identify trends, such as weight gain, that may cause problems later in life. It is also an opportunity for our patients to ask questions and address any concerns with a medical professional. Developing a strong doctor-patient relationship provides an educational opportunity to learn more about individual health issues.
Well woman care goes beyond the needs of care during the reproductive years. Young women who are sexually active may need birth control, which means various aspects of their health should be monitored. During the reproductive years, both well woman and obstetric care are important. Women of any age who have chronic medical conditions need it to help prevent complications and detect problems early. Women who are postmenopausal may need symptom management for menopause or care for conditions such as osteoporosis.
What is maternity care?
When you are expecting a child, there are many decisions to make—but none is as important as choosing the healthcare team who will help deliver your baby. At Zoë Medical Centre, we see women before and after childbirth.
Meetings with each mother-to-be help us identify women who may need additional care during pregnancy and delivery. They also give us an opportunity to work closely with specialists to provide the precise care of our patients.