What is the Well-Woman Exam?

Even if you look and feel healthy, it’s important to have a well-woman exam every year. This comprehensive exam allows you and your doctor to review your health concerns and screen for potential problems. It’s also a great way to build a relationship with your physician and learn how to prevent illness and promote optimal health.

At Mercy, we take a comprehensive and caring approach to your health and well-being. We look closely at your medical history and provide the tests and screenings you need for peace of mind. Typically, a well-woman exam involves:

In the event you require follow-up care, we'll refer you to the right specialists and help coordinate your care, so you can feel and look healthy for years to come.


Who Needs a Well Woman Exam?

If you haven’t had a well-woman exam in the past year, now is the time to schedule one. Mercy recommends annual well-women exams if you identify with any of the following:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Are sexually active
  • Have concerns about your period or menopause
  • Are considering becoming pregnant

If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, please call your doctor immediately.

  • Any lumps or changes in your breasts
  • Vaginal pain, burning, itching or symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
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