Top 5 reasons you should schedule your next well woman exam

Preventative Care

The main goal of a well-woman exam is preventative care. Your doctor can look for signs of potential problems before they escalate into bigger problems.

Depending on your age, a well-woman exam could include:

  • A pelvic exam
  • A physical exam
  • Birth control management and family planning
  • A mammogram
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Diagnostics and treatment for abnormal menstruation

Getting answers to your questions

Noticed an abnormality with your physical health? Have you searched on the web and found nothing but a bunch of confusing answers? A well-woman exam allows for the perfect time to point out any abnormalities and get the answers you need.

Your doctor will be glad to help you understand what is going on with your body. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call today.

Reproduction Planning

Planning to get pregnant? Talk to your doctor today to discuss how to prepare for pregnancy. Your doctor may recommend a lifestyle change, or a fertility specialist.

Having an annual well-woman exam allows for your doctor to understand your future plans and help in the best way suited for you. This is one of the perks of seeking women’s personalized care. Yorktown has your best interest in mind, always.

Physical Examination

Your provider will check your weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and urine. After the initial physical, your provider performs a pelvic examination. This includes checking your external genitalia and reproductive organs.

This is an important part of your well-woman exam, as it can help to monitor your overall well-being.

Disease Screening

Based on your age and other factors, there are many different tests your doctor may recommend. Your well-woman exam will always include a breast exam, as breast cancer affects millions of women each year.

Depending on your sexual activity and history, your doctor may recommend screening for STDs.

You should schedule your well-woman exam once every year. But depending on your concerns and risks, we may suggest having more frequent visits. For more information on well-woman exams, and the benefits of getting them regularly, call Yorktown Health or book your appointment online today!

How to safely handle a high risk pregnancy

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy occurs when there is a greater risk of complications during gestation, labor, and delivery. Most women that experience high-risk pregnancies go on to deliver a healthy baby!

Women who are pregnant with multiples or are 35 or older and pregnant benefit greatly from extra monitoring during their pregnancies.

Other issues that may make our pregnancy high-risk include:

  • High blood pressure, asthma, or obesity
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Maternal lifestyle factors (ex: smoking, alcohol use, or drug use)
  • History of pregnancy complications
  • Maternal age of 17 or younger

Expect more than the usual

Your pregnancy care is highly personalized to you and your baby (or babies) needs! Your high-risk status may be determined on your first prenatal visit or may develop during the course of your pregnancy.

Depending on your needs, you can expect the following:

  • Comprehensive lab tests and screenings
  • More frequent prenatal check-ups
  • Specialized and targeted ultrasounds
  • Amniocentesis 
    • A small procedure used to test a small sample of the amniotic fluid (the fluid that protects the fetus from injury).

Frequent check-ups

The frequency of your visits is largely determined by your situation. You may have more ultrasounds than the typical ones at weeks 12 and 20. Your provider will explain any additional testing or screenings thoroughly to understand what you can expect during the procedure and results.

Noticed an abnormality with your physical health? Have you searched on the web and found nothing but a bunch of confusing answers? A well-woman exam allows for the perfect time to point out any abnormalities and get the answers you need.

Your doctor will be glad to help you understand what is going on with your body. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call today.

Focus on self-care

Your physical and mental health are extremely important when it comes to having a happy and healthy pregnancy. Be sure to take extra time to relax when necessary. Treat yourself to a nice warm bath, or set aside some down-time to relax your muscles. You deserve it!

There is a correlation between stress and disease, so having a healthy relationship with your stress is going to improve the overall experience of the pregnancy.

High-risk pregnancies can be difficult, but Yorktown Health is here to help you every step of the way! Book your appointment online or call to schedule today.

How often do I need a Pap Smear?

What is a Pap Smear?

Pap smears are a gynecological screening tool for cervical cancer. A small sample of cervical cells are collected during a pelvic exam. The collection of cells is sent to a lab to check for abnormalities that may indicate cervical cancer, or the potential risk of it.

Pap smears are crucial to your overall health. Schedule your appointment today!

When do I need a Pap Smear?

It is recommended to get your first pap smear at age 21 and repeat the process every three years until age 30. Then at age 30, your OB/GYN may suggest a different pap smear schedule for you depending on your medical history.

What happens when a Pap Smear is abnormal?

If abnormalities are found, Yorktown Health will have you come back in for additional testing. Abnormalities are not always cancer, sometimes it just means unusual cells were found in the sample.

It is important to visit with your OB/GYN to discuss the next steps for your situation.

Pap smears save lives. Schedule your screening today at Yorktown Health. Call our office, or schedule onlin