Women’s wellness exams are an important component of your overall health. At South Austin OB/GYN, Dr. Martha Schmitz offers annual women’s wellness exams to monitor your overall well-being, with a focus on your reproductive health. Annual exams offer an opportunity to screen for abnormalities and provide preventive care to help you avoid diseases and disorders affecting your health. To schedule a wellness visit, book an appointment online or call the office in South Austin, Texas.
Dr. Schmitz recommends you have a well-woman exam at least once a year. This visit helps monitor your overall health and identify any changes or developing conditions early, while they’re most treatable.
Annual exams are also the ideal time to share your concerns or ask questions about your family planning goals, physical symptoms, or concerns about your emotional or sexual health.
Through regular visits with Dr. Schmitz, you also have the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with your physician. It is also important that, as a woman, you take proper care of your overall health and well-being through yearly checkups at a place you feel comfortable. And at South Austin OB/GYN, the team strives to make the office a relaxed environment that helps put you at ease during your appointments.
During your well woman appointment, Dr. Schmitz performs a pelvic exam to identify any abnormalities in your internal reproductive organs. Pelvic exams are typically fast and painless. You also undergo a breast exam to check for lumps or other irregularities.
Dr. Schmitz often performs a Pap smear as part of your annual exam. This test checks for abnormal cervical cells that indicate changes that may lead to cancer. Early detection of precancerous cells is important for the most effective treatment.
Other screenings are available, including testing for sexually-transmitted diseases. You may also receive certain immunizations, depending on your specific health needs.
When you reach menopause and your periods stop for good, it’s still important that you come in for an annual wellness checkup. Postmenopausal women are at increased risk for developing serious health conditions, including osteoporosis and heart disease. With early detection, these conditions can be successfully treated.
As part of your well woman exam after menopause, you have the opportunity to ask Dr. Schmitz intimate or embarrassing questions about changes in your body as you age. Issues including lack of sexual desire, painful sex, and vaginal dryness can be a challenge and she is available to address these important issues personally.
To learn more about the benefits of a wellness visit, schedule an appointment online or by phone.