Your annual well-woman exam provides an opportunity to review your reproductive and overall health. The exam usually includes a breast exam, pelvic exam, and pap smear. Regular exams can help identify cancer or other issues early, long before you might notice symptoms. You can also discuss any concerns related to your monthly period, pregnancy and fertility, birth control, or menopause with your physician. Don’t postpone that annual well-woman exam — make it part of your regular healthcare routine!

If you have a daughter, you may wonder when she should start regular well-woman visits. Doctors recommend starting at age 13-15. Talk to your Desert West physician if you have questions.