You’re feeling great, you’re looking wonderful and it seems you’re on top of the world. There seem to be no health issues and if you do have any they are under control. With all that going for you, a trip to the doctor for a well woman exam may seem like a waste of time and money. This may be especially true for those women who have been faithful with annual checkups and they are always found to be in perfect health.
Unnoticed Small Changes May Cause Problems
You may look and feel wonderful, and hopefully, you will always be so fortunate. The truth is that there are some conditions that start very small and are easy to overlook. A trained physician may catch these anomalies in a good woman exam.
As you doctor does your exam, any changes which may have occurred in the past year are noted. If the change looks like it could be a precursor to a more serious problem, you doctor can advise you on the next steps to take.
Your Baseline Wellness
Establishing baseline wellness gives your doctor markers for assessing your current state of health. For example, each visit your doctor will record your height and weight. For years your height remains the same and your weight may fluctuate within reasonable limits. One year, your height has decreased by a half inch. Without being aware of it, you shrunk. Maybe it’s nothing to be concerned about and perhaps your doctor wants to play it safe and decides to do a bone density test.
Neglecting to schedule your, woman exam, or waiting until a problem has already manifested, possibly years later, will delay and possibly prevent treatment of a condition indicated by your height loss.
Well Woman Exams Keep You Healthy
A change in height is minor when you consider the quiet changes your reproductive organs, heart or blood pressure may be going through without you realizing it. For these reasons a well woman exam is advised. Pap smears, breast exams, and general health are part of the exam. Early diagnosis of any health issues is important to keep you looking good and feeling great.
Too often small anomalies get overlooked because they don’t hurt, they aren’t causing problems, or they don’t seem important. You doctor has the expertise to know when a small issue is the start of a serious problem.
When was the last time you had a physical? If it’s been over a year, contact PCP For Life. Let us do your good woman exam and keep you on the better health road.