An annual women’s health exam is a review of a patient’s reproductive, physical, and mental health. It gives them an opportunity to speak with their practitioner outside of other more general appointments. Kafilat Adewunmi, DO, MBA, is an expert in family medicine at VAMA Medical Health Center in Union, New Jersey, who encourages her female patients to book annual women’s health exams to practice good health and well-being. Book your appointment today by visiting the website or calling the office.
A women’s health exam often includes two essential screenings: a Pap smear and a breast exam. Not every patient receives them both. It depends on several reasons, like your age, family medical history, your medical history, and whether you request one.
Dr. Adewunmi invites all her female patients aged 21-65 to take a Pap smear every three years. She collects cells from the cervix and checks for abnormalities. A positive test result could indicate cervical cancer. Depending on the results, Dr. Adewunmi may suggest a colposcopy to examine the cervix in more detail, or she might recommend repeating the test in six months.
Dr. Adewunmi does a clinical breast exam at each appointment. She provides a referral for mammogram breast cancer screening for all patients aged 45-55. This is an annual screening, which can reduce to every other year from aged 55 onwards.
Dr. Adewunmi is always happy to answer questions around screenings and test results.
Women’s health is a branch of medicine that focuses on female wellness. It’s a preventive exam to identify health issues before they turn into problems. An annual health check varies between patients due to age and health status, but a typical exam includes most of the following.
All women should schedule an annual women’s health exam, even if they feel healthy. It’s an opportunity to check there are no early indicators of a serious medical issue and allows you time to speak with Dr. Adewunmi about your concerns.
If you are sexually active with multiple partners, Dr. Adewunmi suggests you take an STD test. If you have symptoms of an STD, get tested immediately rather than wait for your annual exam. Signs of an STD include:
Dr. Adewunmi offers confidential STD testing to all her patients.
Many women put off an annual women’s health exam because they appear to be well. It’s important to keep in mind that this exam is preventive and potentially lifesaving. Make your health a priority. Call VAMA Medical Health Center to book an appointment or book online.