If it’s been more than 12 months since your last well-woman exam, it’s time for an appointment. Mahin Amirgholami, MD, FACOG, at West Hills OBGYN in West Hills, California, is a women’s health expert who has dedicated her life to helping you stay well through all your life changes, from adolescence through menopause. If you’re looking for a caring and knowledgeable OB/GYN who can manage all of your health needs, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A well-woman exam is a physical examination that focuses on the special health care needs of women, including your physical and reproductive health. You should have a well-woman exam every year. It not only helps you stay on top of your health, but it also helps you and Dr. Amirgholami establish a more trusting relationship that improves your overall medical care.
You can expect a thorough examination during your well-woman exam at West Hills OBGYN. Dr. Amirgholami conducts both a physical and pelvic exam to assess your health.
During your physical exam, Dr. Amirgholami checks your:
During your pelvic exam, Dr. Amirgholami has you sit on the gynecological table so she can examine your external genitalia. Then, using a speculum and a gloved hand, she examines your internal reproductive organs.
In addition to the examination, Dr. Amirgholami may also provide vaccinations, such as hepatitis or human papillomavirus (HPV), to protect you from disease.
She also spends time talking to you about your health and answering any questions you have regarding your medical concerns.
Dr. Amirgholami may conduct a Pap smear, which is a test for cervical cancer, at your well-woman visit. During the pelvic exam, Dr. Amirgholami takes a sample of cells from your cervix, which she then sends out for testing. Catching abnormalities in your cervical cells early may help improve treatment and your outcome.
You don’t need a Pap smear at every well-woman appointment. Dr. Amirgholami determines the frequency of your testing based on your age and health history. In general, women between the ages of 21 and 65 should have a Pap smear every three years.
Your well-woman visit allows Dr. Amirgholami to assess your health. If she discovers something she needs to look at more closely, she may recommend additional testing, such as:
Depending on your age, she may also recommend a mammogram or a bone density test.
For expert care of all your health needs, call West Hills OBGYN, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.