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Well Woman Exam
Women have a unique set of health needs, and a well woman exam should be part of every woman’s annual health planning. These visits are among the services available from Kimberly Barrow, MSN, APRN, NP-C, of Kimberly Cares in Houston, Texas. If you’re searching for a compassionate and personable provider for well woman exams, call the office or click to book a visit at Kimberly Cares today.

Well Woman Exam Q & A

Why are well woman exams so important?

Well woman exams are the foundation of women’s health and wellness and a need that should never be overlooked. These visits offer the opportunity for women to get the screenings appropriate for their age and overall health. 

Well woman exams are also highly personalized. As you move through the phases of life, your health needs will shift and change. The areas of focus during a well woman exam for someone in her 20s are different than those for a woman in her 40s. 

Finding the right practitioner is the best way to get the most out of your well woman exams. These visits should never feel rushed, and your questions and concerns should always be heard and addressed. 

What happens during a well woman exam?

A discussion of your health is an important part of the process. Share any changes you’ve noticed since your last exam, as well as any areas of concerns. You can also discuss your health goals during a well woman exam. 

A professional breast exam follows. Kimberly checks for any signs of tissue abnormalities and can also show you how to examine your breasts at home. Many women detect abnormal tissue masses during self-exams, and early detection is key to successfully treating breast cancer. 

A pelvic exam is part of the process. Kimberly makes every effort to ensure you are comfortable throughout this process and checks your vaginal and cervical tissues for signs of abnormalities. Pap smear testing can be performed during your pelvic exam and is a powerful screening tool for cervical cancer. 

What kinds of topics can I discuss during a well woman exam? 

There are no off-limits topics during your well woman exam. Feel free to discuss any concerns about your reproductive or overall health and wellness. 

Some of the topics that can be broached during your well woman exams include:

  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Birth control
  • Adolescent gynecology care
  • Sexual health
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, testing, and treatment
  • Fertility planning
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Low sex drive

These are just a few of the matters you can discuss during your visit. If you’re overdue for a well woman exam, call the office to book a visit today. Online scheduling is also an option and takes very little time to complete.