One of the best ways of safeguarding women’s health and well-being is through regular well-woman exams. If it’s been a while since you had a checkup or a Pap smear, Jennifer Hutchison, MD, FACOG, of Sunflower Women's Health Care in Tucson, Arizona, is an experienced OB/GYN who provides high-quality well-woman exams as well as a comprehensive range of treatments for women’s health issues. Call the clinic today to schedule your well-woman checkup, or book an appointment online.
Women’s health focuses on the specific needs of women where they differ from men.
Conditions involving the female reproductive organs and female sex hormones are one of the main aspects of women’s health, but women’s health also includes management of conditions that both sexes may develop but which are more common in women, such as thyroid problems, or osteoporosis.
One of the most important elements of women’s health is the well-woman exam, a specialized consultation that you attend at Sunflower Women’s Health Care during which Dr. Hutchison assesses your health and well-being and looks for any indications of gynecological problems.
Dr. Hutchison begins your well-woman exam at Sunflower Women’s Health Care by looking through your medical records and spending time discussing your current health. You can talk to her about any symptoms or concerns you have, both physical and emotional, and discuss specific issues such as menopause or birth control.
She then carries out a series of checks to assess your general health, including:
Dr. Hutchison takes blood and urine samples to identify any infections or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and measure indicators like cholesterol and blood sugar. You might also need vaccination against HPV (human papillomavirus), which is a potential cause of cervical cancer. Dr. Hutchison then checks for any signs of breast cancer and carries out a pelvic exam.
For the pelvic exam, you lay back on the treatment table while Dr. Hutchison inserts a speculum into your vagina. The speculum is an instrument that holds the walls of your vagina apart so Dr. Hutchison can view and feel inside, checking your internal reproductive organs for any signs of abnormalities or infections.
If you’re due for a Pap smear, Dr. Hutchison takes a sample of cells from your cervix that the lab tests for indications that cells are changing, which could be a sign of the early stages of cervical cancer.
The pelvic exam is a part of the well-woman checkup that many women dread, but Dr. Hutchison sympathizes with how you feel and excels at putting patients at ease. She has many years of experience and has conducted thousands of well-woman exams, so you can be confident that she has the skills and understanding to be gentle, respectful, and adept at carrying out pelvic examinations.
You should have a well-woman exam every year, or more often if you have any health problems, and a Pap smear every three years unless a previous smear showed signs of cervical cell changes. Dr. Hutchison can tell you how often you need to see her.
If you need to schedule your well-woman exam or have any gynecological concerns, call Sunflower Women’s Health Care today for a women’s health checkup, or book an appointment online.