This is an important check-up which every woman is encouraged to undertake annually with her gynaecologist. It is designed to help women better understand their reproductive health and help detect any abnormalities at an early stage.
The thin prep smear test is the most successful cancer screening tool in history, helping save millions of women’s lives. Though cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women, it is now treatable and preventable when diagnosed early. Protect against cervical disease iby getting screened regularly, even if you feel healthy. The thin prep smear test is usually combined with the HPV test (which tests for HPV 16, HPV 18 and other high-risk HPVs that may lead to cervical cancer)
Taking care of your breast health means something different at various stages of a woman’s life. Beginning at age 20, self breast examinations are important. At age 40, talk with your doctor about getting a mammogram and breast ultrasound every year
Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of a healthy sex life. STIs are common, and even though many don’t have symptoms, they can still cause other complications if left untreated. For example, untreated chlamydia, ureaplasma and mycolplasma can lead to infertility by causing scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes.
Vaginitis is the most common reason that women visit their obstetricians and gynaecologists. Many women mistakenly think that the symptoms of vaginitis are a yeast infection (Candida or thrush), and they try to self-treat with over-the-counter medicines. A yeast infection is just one of the many types of vaginitis infections. Therefore, consult your doctor to diagnose the true cause of your symptoms and get treated correctly.
What can you expect during a well-woman checkup?
Review of past medical, surgical, social and family history
Review of preventive services and ordering of appropriate tests, including:
Cerival Thin prep smear test combined with HPV testing
Sexually transmitted disease screening
Bone density test
Discussion about vaccinations
Mammogram and breast ultrasound
Pelvic ultrasound scan of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
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