Women should be guided on self care early in life (at adolescence), so that they are proactively involved in making decisions regarding their own health. Most gynecological complications can be avoided upon timely detection and wellness screenings inclusive of a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, appropriate laboratory testing under the basic health check up /well woman examination.
It is recommended to visit your Gynecologist for an annual wellness exam as early as 20 or 30 years of age. This is an opportunity to understand more on contraception as well as prevention of sexually transmitted infections and on how to perform breast self-exams.
Early cancer screening is an important objective of well woman examination, especially for those above the age of 40 years. Regular breast cancer screening with mammograms is discussed and counseling for osteoporosis prevention and bone density explained. The well woman examination health includes age appropriate discussions on peri-menopausal, hormonal changes, menopause along with other primary discussions related to lifestyle choices and wellbeing.