When it comes to finding the right OB/GYN doctor, sometimes you feel like you have to shop around and/or ask friends for recommendations specially if it's your first time having a Well Woman's Exam. You want to avoid awkward questions, silence, or vibes with this professional stranger that you must open up to about your history, present activities, and future plans. So, in order to make this important appointment less awkward for you, I have asked our in-house doctors what you should do before seeing them.
Dr. Yvette Poindexter,
· Bring written questions to your visit instead of thinking of questions in the moment. You will not be able to cover all topics that concern you or interest you. If you have any concerns regarding your breast and/or pelvic area let me know while I’m examining the area, so that I can focus on your concern(s). If you tell me after the breast exam and/or pap smear, it will not serve you as well.
· Personal hygiene makes your visit with a lot smoother. A lot of times women think that you have to “landscape” or shave your legs, when I do not care about it. Just come to your Well Woman’s Exam however you feel comfortable.
Dr. Antonia Way,
· Please have a general understanding about what a Well Woman's Exam is. Most women assume that a Well Woman's Exam (WWE) is a pap smear, when it is not. A pap smear (a small part of the exam) is when your OB/GYN collects cells from your cervix to test for abnormalities such as cervical cancer. A WWE is a comprehensive exam of health: sexuality, STDs, bloodwork, birth control, breast exams, and a pap smear. You do not always need a breast exam or pap smear (once every 3 to 5 years).
· Don’t be nervous about. If you have questions or concerns about the procedures, ask away or write them down and bring them with you. It will make you feel better about what is going to happen and how it is going to happen.
· If you do need or want a pap smear, I understand how it can be an embarrassing moment for my patients, so do what you must do to have confidence. For example, personal hygiene makes the whole experience easier for you.
If you have any questions or need information, do not hesitate to call us at 281.824.1480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will definitely try to answer as many questions as possible.