You spend much of your day juggling the responsibilities of work and family. Sometimes, you need to put yourself first. That’s where women’s health comes in. It’s health care designed to keep on-the-go women like you healthy now and in the future. At Dominion Family Healthcare in San Antonio, the team of internal and family medicine experts offers women’s health exams, including Pap tests. Take a step for your health today by calling or booking a consultation with Dr. Yasmeen Agha and her team through the online booking toole.
Women’s Health Q & A
Why is women’s health important?
Maintaining a foundation of good health is crucial at every age and stage. Your good health starts with eating the right foods, getting regular exercise, and seeing your doctor at Dominion Family Healthcare regularly for a women’s health checkup.
A women’s health exam is an annual visit with your doctor at Dominion Family Healthcare, where together you focus on preventive care. The goal is to keep you healthy today and in the future.
How do I get ready for a women’s health exam?
While you don’t need to prepare before your checkup, you might want to think about questions you’d like to ask your provider at Dominion Family Healthcare.
For example, you may have noticed changes in your monthly flow or your breasts. As you age, it’s natural for your body to change. You may wonder whether the changes you’re seeing are normal.
Here are some of the subjects you might discuss:
- Contraceptive options
- Trying to have a baby
- Signs of menopause
- Changes in your breasts
- Safe sex; and sexually transmitted diseases
- Mental health issues, including depression or anxiety
- Eating healthy and staying active
- Your relationships and your safety
What happens during a women’s health exam?
At Dominion Family Healthcare, your doctor takes a complete medical history. You can expect questions about past illnesses or surgeries, current medications you’re taking, your sexual health, and any medical conditions that run in your family.
You and your practitioner talk about the next steps to help you remain healthy. You talk about which screening tests and follow-up services are right for you. If you have health goals, such as quitting smoking or losing weight, your doctor at Dominion Family Healthcare can help you come up with a plan to achieve your goals.
Next, you have a physical exam. A practitioner checks your vital signs, including blood pressure pulse, temperature, height, weight, and blood pressure. To finish your exam, your doctor may perform:
- A Pap smear — To test for early signs of cervical cancer
- Pelvic exam — To make sure your reproductive organs are healthy
- Breast exam — To check for unusual growths
Depending on your age, your doctor may refer you to a specialist for a mammogram.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a women’s health exam, then it’s time to put your health first. Call or schedule an online consultation today with the experts at Dominion Family Healthcare.