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Wellness Exams

A wellness exam is a yearly visit that includes a review of your health history, a physical exam, and laboratory tests as needed. This is an opportunity to discuss any concerns about your sexual health and get guidance on maintaining optimal health and wellness. Wellness exams generally include a few different components.

Your appointment starts with a discussion about your health history and any concerns you may be having. The medical provider will likely perform a physical exam, which may include a breast exam, a pelvic exam, and a Pap test. They may also order some blood tests to check for things like cholesterol levels and diabetes.

Based on your individual risk factors, your doctor may recommend additional screenings, such as a mammogram or bone density test. They may also discuss your need for vaccinations, such as the flu shot or HPV vaccine. Wellness exams are important for maintaining your overall health and avoiding health concerns.

Support Your Gynecological Health & Wellness

There are many different types of health care that women need. There is general health care, which includes things like going to the doctor for a check-up, getting a flu shot, or having a physical. There is also reproductive health care, which includes family planning, birth control, and cancer screenings. No matter what type of health care you need, you have the right to be treated with respect and to have your privacy and confidentiality protected.

Pap Smears

A pap smear is a diagnostic procedure used to screen for cervical cancer. It involves taking a sample of cells from the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The cells are then examined under a microscope for any abnormal changes. Pap smears can also detect changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

Pap smear tests are typically done every one to three years, depending on a woman’s age and health history. First, you lie on your back on an exam table with your legs bent and feet in stirrups. The medical provider inserts a speculum into the vagina to widen it and get a clear view of the cervix. A small brush or spatula is then used to collect cells from the surface of the cervix.

The results of a pap smear are typically available within a week. If the results are normal, no further action is needed. If the results show abnormal changes in the cells, additional testing may be needed to determine if there is an increased risk for cervical cancer. These tests may include a colposcopy or a biopsy. A positive result doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer, but it does indicate a need for further testing.

Why Choose Rogue Valley Health & Wellness?

Rogue Valley Health & Wellness offers comprehensive gynecological care for women of all ages. Whether you need a routine wellness exam or are experiencing symptoms that need to be addressed, we are here to help. Our medical providers and nurse practitioners create a safe space where you can discuss your physiological, emotional, or sexual concerns without fear of shame or judgment. We listen to your concerns and support your gynecological health and wellness — please schedule an appointment for your wellness exams.

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