What happens during your wellness (well-woman) visit depends on a few things, like how old you are, your sexual history, and medical history. One of the main goals of an annual woman exam is to assess your current state of health and help you take preventative measures against disease.
A woman’s first reproductive health visit is recommended to be between the ages of 13 and 15. Annual breast and abdominal exams should begin at 19, annual pelvic exams, and Pap test at 21. Those who are 30 and over should still have an annual exam, and a Pap test every 2 years. Annual testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is recommended for all sexually active adolescents up to the age of 25, as well as HIV testing for women between 19-64.
During your visit, make sure you ask all the questions that you want to. If you need any tests, you can usually take care of them during your appointment.
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