In addition to reproductive health management, women need the full range of preventive health and medical management services. A well-woman exam is one of many services offered by family medicine specialist Khanh Nguyen, M.D., at Doctor’s Medical Group in Garden Grove, California.
Even though a woman is healthy, she should have a well-woman exam at least every other year. A well-woman exam should should include a physical examination, an evaluation of the woman’s overall health status, and counseling or education about lifestyle, and health-related behaviors. In most cases, a well-woman exam includes a clinical breast examination and may include a pelvic exam and Pap smear. Women who are sexually active may need to be screened or treated for sexually transmitted diseases. Other screening tests include mammograms, blood tests and bone density tests.
Lifestyle factors like diet, exercise and other health habits can affect health, but changes happen slowly. For example, diabetes and heart disease take years to develop. A well-woman exam is an opportunity to catch problems early and can also identify trends — like weight gain — that increase the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. A well-woman visit is also an opportunity for patient education and to build the doctor-patient relationship. When a woman sees the same doctor over a number of years, the doctor becomes familiar with her medical history and response to treatments like medications. Regular medical care also ensures that vital preventive screening activities like mammograms or Pap smears take place.
Although care during the reproductive years is an important part of well-woman care, reproduction and issues related to the menstrual cycle are only part of the picture. Certainly birth control, prenatal and obstetric care are important, but so is post-menopausal care. Holistic care means dealing with all of a woman’s health issues. Women face some risks that men don’t — for example, women are much more likely to develop conditions like fibromyalgia or inflammatory rheumatic disease. A woman’s risk of osteoporosis and heart disease increase after menopause, so regular well-woman care ensures that patients are educated about preventive strategies and screened regularly for problems.
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"I've had the pleasure of having Doctor Khanh Nguyen as my PCP for over a year now & have seen him enough times to know I am in great hands."