Gallatin Women's Center
OB/GYNs located in Gallatin, TN
Few things are more central to your overall health and wellness than routine well woman examinations. At Gallatin Women’s Center, women from in and around Gallatin Tennessee, have access to a team of highly skilled OB/GYN specialists. To schedule your well woman exam or to learn more about this important health screening, call or schedule an appointment online.
Well Woman Exam Q & A
What is a well woman exam?
A well woman exam is a visit with an OB/GYN to address the health needs specific to women. However, it is also much more than that. Your well woman exam is a chance for you to set aside the responsibilities of work, family, and community to focus on your own needs.
These exams center on communication. The providers at Gallatin Women’s Center view their role as partners in your health and wellness. Your well woman exam is the time to discuss your specific questions and concerns, and those issues will shift and change over time.
Common topics discussed during well woman exams include:
- Birth control
- Fertility concerns
- Menstruation issues
- Pelvic discomfort
- Sexual health
- Cancer screening
- Menopause care
It’s important to be open and frank with your OB/GYN. There should be no topic off limits, and nothing that you feel uncomfortable sharing. Your doctor can best serve your needs when given all of the information needed to guide the course of your care.
What type of screenings occur during well woman exams?
Your screening needs change based on your age, overall health, and gynecologic concerns. Common screening options include:
- Pap smear
- STD testing
- Breast examination
- Pelvic examination
- Pregnancy testing
You and your doctor will determine which screening options are appropriate, and explore treatment paths if there are any signs of abnormalities or disease. The results of these basic screenings may lead your doctor to recommend additional diagnostic testing.
Why is STD screening so important?
All women who are sexually active should consider STD testing as part of their overall health care routine. There are many different types of sexually transmitted diseases, some of which have life-altering or life-threatening consequences. Screening is the only way to know for sure that you are disease-free.
The rates of some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, especially in certain parts of the country and among certain populations. That said, anyone can contract an STD, including women who are involved in a long-term relationship.
Many STDs are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t display clear signs or symptoms. Others have symptoms that mimic common conditions and are easy to overlook. That means that your partner may have unknowingly brought an STD into the relationship.
Call the office or book your well woman exam online today at Gallatin Women’s Center to discover why their patients wouldn’t consider turning to any other OB/GYN practice for their women’s health needs.