You take your car into the shop on a regular basis to keep it in top shape. Doesn’t your body deserve the same level of care and attention? Through regular well-woman exams, you can keep your body as healthy and balanced as possible. Gynecologist Loraine Diego, MD, offers preventive care to her patients in Silver Lake and the surrounding Los Angeles, California, area. To learn more or to set up your well-woman exam, call the office of Loraine Diego, MD, or book your appointment online.
A well-woman exam is a regular appointment with Dr. Diego designed to check the status of your reproductive health. It’s a preventive appointment during which she can screen you for certain types of cancer and diseases while ensuring your reproductive systems are functioning properly.
There are two key parts of your well-woman visit. The first is simple: Dr. Diego will ask you a series of questions designed to understand how you’ve been feeling. These questions help her determine if anything unusual is occurring and whether a closer investigation is warranted for anything in particular.
She might ask you about:
Dr. Diego designs the well-woman exam to facilitate a conversation about your health. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you might have. If you have irregular periods, pain during sex, or questions about STD testing, for example, your well-woman exam is the perfect time to bring up any concerns.
The second piece of your well-woman visit is physical. Dr. Diego will use the time to take a Pap smear, perform a breast exam, and take any other preventive action that’s right for your body based on your overall health, your family history, and your lifestyle.
Additionally, depending on your age, Dr. Diego may recommend whether you should have a mammogram or any other test to scan for potential health issues.
Experts recommend that you receive a well-woman exam once a year. An annual well-woman exam ensures that preventive screenings identify any problems early in their development when they’re easiest to treat. In addition, you may not need the full range of tests every time. For example, many women only need a Pap smear every three years.
Also, it should be noted that many insurance companies do not cover more frequent well-woman exams.
If you want to be proactive about your health, don’t wait to book your well-woman exam. Call Loraine Diego, MD, or schedule your appointment online.