As women’s health experts, OB/GYN physicians are highly trained and ideally positioned to meet your most important health care needs. Well-woman care, which forms the foundation of preventive care in gynecological medicine, makes staying on top of your health more convenient than ever. Board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Steve Yu uses his specialized skills and broad base of knowledge to provide comprehensive well-woman care, including routine cancer screenings, for patients in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. If you’re due for a checkup, call or book your appointment online today.
As a cornerstone of women’s preventive health care, the annual well-woman exam is a good time to assess your medical history and health risks. It’s an ideal time to go over any new concerns you may have regarding your physical, mental, sexual, or reproductive health.
It’s also an ideal time to discuss the lifestyle choices that impact your overall health, including your exercise, dietary, and sleep habits.
Depending on your stage in life, your annual exam can be an opportune time to learn more about your birth control options, receive preconception counseling, talk about fertility problems, or get help with menopause symptoms.
After taking your height, weight and blood pressure, Dr. Yu may address any of the following:
Depending on your age and medical history, Dr. Yu may recommend screenings for diabetes, bone density, and other common conditions.
Every well-woman exam includes routine pelvic and breast exams. When recommended, you’ll also have routine screenings for breast cancer (mammogram) and cervical cancer (Pap smear).
If you’re sexually active but you’d like to reduce your risk of unintended pregnancy, Dr. Yu can help you understand your birth control options. Your age, medical history, overall health, and sexual activity can help you choose the method that’s best for you.
During your well-woman exam, Dr. Yu can help you address any recent menstrual cycle abnormalities, including heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, or irregular periods.
If you have concerns about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you can request STD screenings, including tests for herpes, HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or any other infection that’s spread through sexual contact.
If you have any worries about your sexual health, including questions about painful intercourse, libido problems, or hormonal changes, you can discuss them during your exam.
Dr. Yu can also teach you how regular physical activity and a nutritious diet can help you maintain a healthy weight as you approach menopause.
A Pap test, which is an indispensable tool in early cervical cancer prevention, detects abnormal cells in your cervix. It’s done during a routine pelvic exam and is generally recommended every three years for women between the ages of 21 and 65.
After you turn 30, Dr. Yu may advise you to continue having a Pap test every three years, or start having a Pap test along with an HPV screening every five years. You may require more frequent Pap tests if you have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.
Most women begin having an annual mammogram at the age of 40. This special type of X-ray can help detect early-stage breast cancer in women who don’t yet have any signs or symptoms of the disease. Mammograms may also be used to help assess any lumps found during a breast exam.
To find out more about well-woman care or to schedule an exam, call Dr. Yu’s office or book your appointment online today.