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Annual Well-Woman Exam Specialist

Phabulous Care Inc

Holistic Obstetrics and Gynecology serving Los Angeles, CA

Preventing a disease or identifying it at the earliest stage has numerous benefits – not least that it could save your life. By having an annual well-woman exam with expert OB/GYN Phabillia Afflack, MD, you can stop conditions like cervical cancer and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) from turning your life upside down. Dr. Phabby's practice, Phabulous Care Inc, serves the Greater Calabasas Area, making home visits and providing telehealth services that combine clinical expertise with convenience. Call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

Annual Well-Woman Exam Q & A

What is an annual well-woman exam?

An annual well-woman exam is a checkup you have every year to ensure your reproductive system is healthy and monitor your general well-being.

One of the most vital aspects of your annual well-woman exam is screening for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and cancers of the cervix and breasts. Other areas that Phabulous Care Inc may cover in your well-woman exam include:

  • Birth control and family planning
  • Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Sexual health
  • Problems with periods
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Incontinence
  • Mental health
  • Weight management

Depending on your age and vaccination history, you might need to have immunizations during your well-woman exam against diseases like flu and human papillomavirus (HPV, the infection responsible for most cases of cervical cancer).

Does an annual well-woman exam include screening for cancer?

There are two cancer screening tests you might need to undergo:

Cervical cancer screening

If you're between 21 and 65, you need to have a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer every three years. If a previous Pap smear result was positive because there were changes in your cervical cells, more frequent smears might be necessary.

Breast cancer screening

A thorough breast examination forms part of your annual well-woman exam to check for any lumps or other changes that could be a sign of cancer. If necessary, Dr. Phabby can refer you for a mammogram – a breast X-ray that she can use to check any abnormalities.

What happens during my annual well-woman exam?

One of the key benefits of having your annual well-woman exam with Phabulous Care Inc is that Dr. Phabby comes to you wherever it’s most convenient – your home, office, or hotel – to perform your exam.

She begins by reviewing your medical history and talking to you about your current health. You can tell Dr. Phabby about any symptoms you've been experiencing or concerns you have, such as entering menopause.

The next step is a physical exam, beginning with routine checks of your temperature, blood pressure, heart and lung sounds, and other vital signs. Finally, Dr. Phabbyperforms a pelvic exam to check your vagina and cervix. 

For this exam, you need to lie on your back with your knees bent and legs apart so Dr. Phabby can insert a speculum into your vagina. The speculum is an instrument that holds the vaginal walls open for better access. Dr. Phabby feels for any abnormalities, and if you're due for a Pap smear, she takes a sample of cervical cells. 

To benefit from a comprehensive annual well-woman exam at your convenience, call Phabulous Care Inc or book an appointment online today.