Every woman should make getting Well Woman Exams a priority.

Well Woman Exams are an important part of your health and wellness, but unfortunately, not every woman sees the importance in getting exams on a regular basis. Whether you understand the importance of Well Woman Exams or not, there are a few things about them that every woman should know. So, without further ado, here are a few need-to-know things about Well Woman Exams:

#1. Preventative health is more effective than reactive health.

What we mean by “reactive health” is going to the doctor only when you’re already sick. Once you’re sick, of course, you shouldn’t put off going to the doctor, but there’s a staunch argument for going to the doctor when you’re healthy, which helps to prevent you from getting sick in the first place. That’s the whole point of a Well Woman Exam. The exam makes it possible to catch health problems early on, which makes treatment easier and more effective. It also ensures that you know about your specific health risks and gives you the information you need to stay healthy and reduce those risks.

#2. It should be about more than just the physical examination.

When most women think of a Well Woman Exam, they think of the physical examination — more specifically the pap smear. And while the pap smear is an incredibly important part of the Well Woman Exam, it’s not the only important part. Your exam is your time with your doctor, and it’s important to make the most out of it by asking questions and bringing up any concerns you may have. You can talk to your doctor about a wide variety of topics, including your stress levels, sex life, medications, nutrition, family health history, and more.

#3. Get the most out of your Well Woman Exam by developing a relationship with your provider.

How much you get out of your Well Woman Exam depends on the provider you choose. In order to get the most out of your exam, you need to be able to be open and honest with your provider, and if you feel they don’t really care about you, or that they are judging you, the likelihood that you will actually open up is slim. Building trust between you and your provider is key for making the most out of your Well Woman Exam, and that is best accomplished by establishing a primary provider that you visit on a regular basis.

Turn to Chicagoland Complete Healthcare for women’s health in Chicago.

We hope that this blog has given you some insight into why Well Woman Exams are important, and how to get the most out of your next exam. Whether you’re due for a Well Woman Exam or you’re interested in other women’s health services, like cervical cancer screenings or preconception counseling, turn to Chicagoland Complete Healthcare. We’re proud to say that we are dedicated to being a true advocate for your health and wellness. Don’t wait. Schedule your appointment with our highly trained, handpicked medical professionals today.