Well Woman Exams

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

A well-woman exam allows you to evaluate and protect your reproductive health and discuss your intimate concerns with a compassionate women’s health specialist. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, with five locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the experienced medical team provides well-woman exams to identify any abnormalities or complications. If it’s time for your well-woman exam, put your reproductive health first and call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or schedule online today.

Well Woman Exams Q & A

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam is a key part of your preventive health care that’s designed to evaluate all aspects of a woman’s reproductive health. 

Doctors recommend annual well-woman exams, but you might require more frequent testing if you have certain underlying medical conditions or concerns.

Your well-woman exam usually involves several tests and a detailed discussion with your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology physician. You also have a physical exam and pelvic exam where your physician checks for any signs of chronic disease or abnormal cells.

What can I expect during a well-woman exam?

Your well-woman exam typically begins with a physical exam where your gynecologist examines your:

  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Weight
  • Breasts
  • Reflexes
  • Thyroid gland
  • Blood pressure

You might also have a urine test to look for anemia or routine sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. 

A clinical breast exam is a part of your well-woman care where your gynecologist checks for any abnormalities or lumps in your breasts. 

Make sure you perform your breast self-checks at home to identify early signs of breast cancer. Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology physician gives you valuable information on how you can properly perform your breast self-checks.

During your pelvic exam, your gynecologist assesses your external sexual organs and gently inserts a speculum (a special medical instrument) into your vagina to hold open the vaginal walls. This allows them to view your cervix and check for signs of bacterial infections or abnormalities.

Your gynecologist might suggest a Pap smear test. During a Pap smear, they use a tiny instrument to scrape your cervix during your pelvic exam to look for abnormalities in a small sample of your cells to check for cervical cancer and HPV. You can also have an STD test performed in the same way.

What are the advantages of well-woman exams?

Well-woman exams provide numerous benefits and give you the chance to discuss contraception and discover your available options.

Valuable tests and screenings can detect cancer when it’s more treatable in the earlier stages. You can also have certain exams and tests to check for STDs that don’t present symptoms and might go unnoticed.

With your well-woman exam, you also have personal one-on-one time to discuss some of your most intimate and sensitive concerns with a compassionate medical provider specializing in women’s health, such as menopause, infertility, and incontinence.

Your well-woman exam is a great way to be proactive with your reproductive health and sexual wellness. 

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology providers have extensive experience performing well-woman exams to protect reproductive health. Call your nearest office location or book through the online system today.