Well-Woman Care services within the Women’s Health Center include a breast exam and a gynecological checkup.
Your care provider will examine your breasts for lumps or discharge. Women often discover their own breast lumps. If you have felt or noticed anything of concern, tell your doctor. Remember, most lumps are not cancerous so don’t be afraid to tell your doctor if you have discovered one.
Women 50 and over should have regular mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you should begin sooner. Make sure your doctor knows about this history.
The gynecological checkup involves a pelvic exam and pap smear. Your doctor will ask questions about your sexual activity, birth control, menstrual problems, vaginal discharges, sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic pain, hot flashes, and other areas that might concern you. Be sure to tell the doctor about anything you’re experiencing that is not normal for you. This is the time to ask all your questions. Don’t be shy.