What’s involved in a women’s health exam?

During your initial visit to Halper Family Medicine, your doctor takes the time to review your medical history and your current health. The more information you can provide during the consultation, the more effective your doctor can be recommending necessary health screenings.

Following this review, your Halper Family Medicine doctor performs a physical exam, assessing the functionality of your major systems, the health of your skin, and the flexibility and strength of your muscles. If you have any specific concerns about your health, you can feel free to discuss them honestly.

In addition to a physical exam, your doctor may recommend preventive screenings to identify a variety of possible health issues. You can also receive important immunizations, including the annual flu shot, to protect your long-term health.

What preventive screenings are available for women?

Halper Family Medicine is fully-equipped to provide you with the latest screening technologies available for women’s health.

The team of doctors at Halper Family Medicine recommends annual pelvic exams to evaluate your reproductive health. During a pelvic exam, you can also undergo a simple Pap test which screens for cervical cancer and can identify other issues, such as existing vaginal or urinary tract infections. A Pap test involves a painless collection of cells from your cervix, which your doctor sends to a medical lab for further evaluation.

Another recommended screening for women’s health includes a manual breast exam to identify lumps or other abnormalities that can indicate breast cancer. Your doctor can also refer you for a mammogram based on your age and medical history.

In addition to a reproductive health exam, your doctor can also recommend blood work and other screenings to evaluate your risk for chronic health conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.