Women have a distinct set of health needs aside from their general health concerns. Tending to those needs is an area of specialty for internist Grace Wong, MD. Far too many women in Burbank, California, place their own needs at the bottom of their priority list. If you’re overdue for a well-woman exam, call or use the online scheduling tool to book your visit today. Making your health a priority is a critical part of living a full, active, and rich life.
A well-woman exam is a routine medical visit where you receive essential health screenings and have an opportunity to discuss any areas of concern regarding your reproductive or sexual health.
Many women come in for a well-woman exam annually, while others incorporate the elements of a well-woman exam with their routine annual physicals. Regardless of how you schedule your visit, addressing your women’s health needs should be a top priority.
At the beginning of your exam, Dr. Wong asks if you have any questions about symptoms, reproductive issues, or changes you’ve noticed since your last visit. This is your opportunity to discuss anything of concern.
Next, Dr. Wong performs a breast exam to check for tissue abnormalities. She’ll show you how to complete these exams at home on your own, which is an important part of screening for breast cancer.
A pelvic exam follows and allows Dr. Wong to check your vagina, vulva, and cervix for signs of disease or infection. A slim medical tool called a speculum is used to gently separate your vaginal walls to enable better access to your cervix.
Pap smear testing is a routine part of a pelvic exam and is the most powerful tool available to detect cervical cancer in the earliest stages. Dr. Wong uses a tiny brush/spatula to collect a small volume of cells from your cervix.
You may feel a brief cramp during this portion of the exam, but the process is not painful. The cells are sent to a lab for evaluation, and you’ll receive the results shortly after your exam.
This is your time to take care of your women’s health needs, so feel free to ask Dr. Wong anything you like. You may have questions about which birth control method is right for you. You might need information about screening for STDs.
Many women want guidance on how to prepare their bodies for pregnancy, or how to enhance their fertility. You might have concerns about a change in your sex drive, or wonder why you aren’t enjoying sex as much as you’d like.
Later in life, you may want to discuss changes associated with hormonal shifts. Menopause treatment is a primary concern for some women as they move through the end of their reproductive years.
You should feel free to speak with Dr. Wong about any women’s health issue that concerns you. When you’re ready, schedule an appointment online or by phone.