Anticipating your annual well-woman visit can be a bit stressful for many women. However, preparing yourself with information and an understanding of the health reasons which require the exam can help lessen your anxiety. In addition, preparing yourself with a list of questions can boost your confidence and keep you from wistfully thinking later, “Oh, why didn’t I ask this or that?” If you have any questions about your health, the annual exam is the perfect time to ask.
The annual well-woman exam is one of the most important visits to the doctor you will make. To get the most of this visit, it is important to come prepared with questions. Here are five important questions you should consider asking at your next annual:
1) Given my age, what screening tests are recommended?
Which tests are appropriate depends on your age and your health history.
2) How is my blood pressure?
Chronically elevated blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, peripheral artery disease, and kidney failure. It is important to monitor your blood pressure regularly and note any changes you see over time.
3) Am I at a healthy weight?
These days, it can be challenging to determine what a healthy weight actually is. Asking your doctor directly will help initiate a conversation about what an ideal weight for your particular body type is.
4) Are all of my current medications still necessary and am I taking the correct dose?
As we age, change habits, or switch doctors, we may find that not all of our medications are still necessary. Make sure to fully review ALL of your prescribed medications (with dosages), and don’t forget to mention any over-the-counter medications or herbal and dietary supplements.
5) Should I be tested for any sexually transmitted infections?
Your well woman exam is the perfect time to be screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Unfortunately, many STIs are asymptomatic and often people are unaware they are infected.
Make an appointment for your annual well-woman examination with Dr. Strebel or Dr. Grolle by calling: 702-438-BABY (2229)