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6 Reasons Why Women Especially Need A Routine Physical Exam

Do you have to go see your family doctor each year? It’s not like you have the time, and you may still be feeling the same when you went to the family clinic last time. However, we want to let you know that a preventative exam and annual physical can be very important for your overall health.

It is particularly important for women to receive a well woman exam each year. These exams are performed by OB/GYN doctors who specialize in women’s healthcare. Others receive both their physical exam and well-woman exam from a family doctor or primary care provider.

Learn why regular tests for women’s health and for other conditions are important. There are many reasons for both men and women to be concerned about their health.

1. Get Screenings for Early Diagnosis

The annual physical examination includes lab work, screenings for diabetes and cholesterol as well as regular tests. Additional tests are performed on women during a well-woman’s exam. Several of these tests are recommended to be performed annually, but not necessarily all.

These tests could include a pap test, HPV, STD, pelvic examination, or a pap. A well-woman examination, in conjunction with a preventative annual physical exam can help identify serious conditions like breast cancer and cervical cancer.

2. Discussion on Contraception and Pregnancy

Women who are scheduled for regular physicals can talk to their doctor about fertility, birth control or planning a pregnancy. In any case, the earlier you discuss these issues, the more quickly your physician can prescribe contraceptives.

3. You can get answers to your medical questions

You can ask any question to your family physician, even the most embarrassing or awkward. It’s also a good time to discuss concerns about your family medical history and the possible impact on you. It is best to ask these questions of your family doctor, who knows the medical history of your family.

If you have a family history of breast carcinoma, it is important to discuss your risk with your doctor. You can also ask about early detection, prevention, and how to reduce the risk. The family physician might recommend that the patient receives yearly mammograms until they turn 40.

4. Hormonal Abnormalities: What you need to Know

Some women experience irregular periods, abnormal vaginal flow, or hormonal issues. These problems can be discussed and resolved during a physical exam. The issue could be due to the birth control or the contraceptive that they are currently using.

5. Make lifestyle changes

It is surprising how many people, women and men, do not know that their family physician is an ideal person to speak with about making lifestyle modifications such as quitting cigarettes, changing your diet or losing weight.

Don’t be afraid to discuss your lifestyle and health goals with your family doctor when you go in for a routine physical examination. They’ll examine your body holistically in order to create a customized plan that will improve your overall well-being.

6. Manage chronic issues

At least once per year, women and men who have chronic conditions, such as high blood sugar, asthma, diabetes, depression, anxiety or high pressure, can see their family physician to receive help in managing their symptoms. Family practice doctors can refer patients to specialists when necessary if they need extra attention. Frequent checkups will help keep these conditions in control.


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    I'm Tommy Perry, a 55-year-old educational blogger who enjoys traveling. I've been writing about education since 2012, and I hope to continue doing so for as long as I can. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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