Your annual well woman exam is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. At Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG provide well woman exams that include a physical exam, health screenings, lifestyle counseling, and plenty of time for you to ask questions. Make a commitment to better health and wellness by scheduling your well woman exam by calling the office today.
A well woman exam is a routine check-up you schedule with your doctor every year. Annual well woman exams are an essential tool for preventing many conditions early while they are easier to treat.
Your well visit checklist changes as you transition from one phase of life to another. Your doctor wants to accomplish three primary things during your well woman exam:
A routine well woman exam includes:
Depending on your needs, you may also discuss contraception, fertility, pregnancy, or menopause. Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy encourage you to take notes and ask questions throughout your visit.
For many women, a well woman exam is one of their only trips to the doctor all year. A little preparation can help you get the most out of your appointment, and this valuable time you have with your physician.
Here are a few simple things you can do to maximize your visit:
Whether it’s diet, nutrition, contraception, or anything else related to your health and wellness, now’s the time to ask. Nothing is off limits when it comes to your health.
A review of your medications is a big part of your well woman exam. Bring a list of all the medications you’re taking, including the doctor who prescribed them and the dosages (don’t forget about vitamins and herbal supplements). This helps your doctor avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions.
Yes, you may feel a bit shy about discussing your sexual and reproductive habits. But remember, Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy have years of experience treating women with all kinds of health needs and concerns. When you’re honest about your sexual health and symptoms, you’ll receive the healthcare you need.
A well woman exam is the foundation of an important partnership between you and your doctor. It allows your doctor to treat you as a whole person, not just a set of temporary symptoms, for more integrative healthcare.
To schedule your well woman exam with Dr. Murphy or Dr.LeGrand, call today.