Annual well-woman exams are important for the early detection of gynecological problems. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends annual pelvic and breast exams for all women over age 21, with periodic Pap smears depending on the woman’s age and risk factors.
The exact content of the exam depends a lot upon personal health and family history, so make sure to speak honestly with your doctor about any health concerns you may have.
Your annual well-woman exam is your chance to talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have about your health. Whether or not you actually feel ill, or know if you are at high risk of breast or cervical cancer, we encourage you to schedule your annual exam and take an opportunity to focus on your health.