Attending regular well-woman exams helps detect gynecological conditions, such as cervical and breast cancer, early before serious problems arise. At Compassionate Care for Women in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada, OB/GYN Lawson Richter, MD, and his team provide comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology care. They offer well-woman exams, Pap smears, and treatment for gynecological problems to optimize reproductive health and wellness.
What is a well-woman exam?
Dr. Richter completes well-woman exams in-office at Compassionate Care for Women, which involves a physical and pelvic exam to ensure reproductive organs are healthy and function as they’re supposed to. He screens for cervical cancer and other gynecological conditions to prevent serious complications, as well.
What should I expect during a well-woman exam?
Dr. Richter and his team let you know what to expect when you arrive for a routine wellness checkup. He:
- Reviews your medical and health history
- Checks your weight and blood pressure
- Completes a pelvic exam and Pap test as needed
- Offers a clinical breast exam
- Orders lab or imaging tests, if necessary
During a pelvic exam, Dr. Richter checks your pelvic area for signs of disease. He evaluates your vagina, uterus, ovaries, and other pelvic organs.
Dr. Richter might complete a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer by scraping tissue from your cervix and sending it to a lab for analysis. He checks your breasts for lumps and refers you for a mammogram, if necessary.
Based on your health history and symptoms, Dr. Richter might recommend blood tests, imaging tests, or a biopsy to rule out or diagnose a gynecological condition.
What if I have a gynecological condition?
Sometimes Dr. Richter finds evidence of a gynecological problem during routine well-woman exams. Examples include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Abnormal cervical cells or cervical cancer
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Ovarian cysts
- A sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Uterine prolapse
- Hormone disorders
Dr. Richter discusses treatment options with you to find one that best matches your needs. He prescribes medication or completes minimally-invasive procedures as needed to prevent serious gynecological complications.
Dr. Richter also follows up with you as needed to ensure you remain healthy after treatment.
How often should I schedule a well-woman exam?
Dr. Richter lets you know how often to schedule a well-woman exam based on your age, medical history, and whether or not you have a gynecological condition. For many healthy women, scheduling a well-woman checkup every year is a good idea.