Today’s women are often busy juggling family, careers, and a multitude of other responsibilities. Carving out time for a well-woman check can be difficult, but screening for and diagnosing health issues particular to women is essential to maintaining your health. The team at Access2care, in Anchorage, Alaska, perform women’s health screenings, including breast and gynecologic exams. Don’t put your health on hold. Call the office or book online to schedule an appointment today.
Your women’s health check begins like your typical annual check-up. Your provider will check your height, weight, and blood pressure.
Your provider will discuss your overall health and well-being with you. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you might have about your health. You may have been asked to have blood work done before your appointment. If so, you will discuss the results.
Women’s health visits are different from a general exam because they include gynecological checks. Debra will check your breasts and perform a pelvic exam to feel for abnormalities in your uterus and ovaries. Based on your age, family history, and exam, she will order a mammogram, if indicated.
If you are due for a cervical cancer screening, Debra will perform a Pap smear. Based on your medical history and age, she will make recommendations regarding how frequently you must have a Pap smear in the future.
Screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a critical part of preventive health care. Based on your age, sexual history, and current behaviors, Debra will test for STDs and discuss how often this screening is needed.
Even with safe sexual practices, there is a risk of contracting STDs, and testing is critical to protecting yourself and others. Many STDs do not cause symptoms in their early stages, so regular screening is the best way to catch an infection early and get treatment.
Many women’s health issues like abnormal cells, cervical cancer, and STDs like HPV do not cause noticeable symptoms in their early and more easily treated stages. Even if you feel healthy and do not have any symptoms, it is possible to have a condition that requires close monitoring or treatment. Health screenings can diagnose abnormalities and start treatment before you have symptoms of the disease.
If you are due for a women’s health exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.