The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a well-woman checkup every year.
11 reasons to schedule an annual well-woman checkup:
- Birth Control – Learn more about choosing the right birth control method for you. Some examples include the birth control pill, intrauterine device (IUD), patch, condom, or implant.
- Cancer Screening – Learn more about breast cancer, colon cancer, or other types of cancer.
- Vaccinations – Get vaccinations against the flu, human papillomavirus (HPV), and more.
- Health Screening – Get screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, bone density for osteoporosis, and more.
- Depression Screening – Depression is a common but serious illness. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. To diagnose depression, your obstetrician-gynecologist or other health care provider will discuss your symptoms, how often they occur, and how severe they are.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening – Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes, are infections that are spread by sexual contact.
- Concerns About Sex – Discuss what happens during intercourse, pain during sex, hormonal changes that change interest or response to sex, or different forms of sex.
- Weight Management – Learn about body mass index (BMI), exercise, obesity, diet, surgery, and health problems associated with being overweight.
- Issues with Your Menstrual Period – Discuss premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, your first period, heavy bleeding, or irregular periods.
- Preconception Counseling – If you are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to have preconception counseling. Your obstetrician-gynecologist or other health care provider will ask about your diet and lifestyle, your medical and family history, medications you take, and any past pregnancies.
- Other Reasons – Get help with menopause symptoms, urinary incontinence, getting pregnant, or relationship problems