Annual “Well-Women’s Visits” Help Keep Women Healthy

Annual “Well-Women’s Visits” Help Keep Women Healthy

Is it time for your annual Well-Woman Visit? These visits should be part of the healthcare routine of all women age 21 and over. They are especially important for the early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.

Well-Women Visits may include an annual pelvic exam, particularly if the patient has symptoms or complaints that indicate a possible problem. A Pap smear, which is used to screen for cervical cancer, is not always necessary. In order to determine how often a Pap smear is needed, patients should discuss their risks and desires with their healthcare provider. Testing for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) should be done whenever a Pap smear is indicated, since HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer.

To schedule a Well-Woman Visit with RMH Family Nurse Practitioner Pam Laughlin, call 765-932-7591.