Elite Women's Care
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL
A well-woman exam at Elite Women's Care in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, emphasizes preventive care to help you maintain a foundation of good health at every age and life stage. The team of experts in gynecology makes sure that your health is on track, with services that include Pap smears, menopause management, routine health screenings, and other services. Call today to schedule your well-woman exam or book your visit online.
Well Woman Exams Q & A
Why take time for annual well-woman exams?
Your well-woman exam focuses on your health — today and in the future. The visit is your opportunity to talk with a knowledgeable gynecology practitioner at Elite Women's Care about your overall health, as well as issues related to your reproductive and sexual health.
These annual visits include counseling and education to assist you in making informed medical decisions. You can ask your practitioner about:
- Female hormone and menstrual disorders
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular or heavy bleeding
- Family planning and birth control
- Abnormal Pap smear treatment
- Breast cancer screening
- Bone density testing
The visits are an ideal time to make sure your immunizations are up to date. If you're the right age, Elite Women's Care provides the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
What tests are performed or ordered at well-woman exams?
Health screenings are a crucial part of your well-woman visit at Elite Women's Care. These screenings detect various forms of cancer, common health conditions, and infections.
- Standard tests may include:
- Pap smear
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exam
- Stool blood test
- Cholesterol blood test
- Blood sugar check
- Blood pressure check
- STD tests
Elite Women's Care recommends the proper screenings based on your age, medical history, and other factors. They may suggest getting a mammogram, bone density test, or colorectal cancer screening depending on your risk factors and age.
What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is a routine test to look for early signs of cervical cancer. Medical guidelines recommend a Pap smear at least every three years if you’re between the ages of 21-65, or follow the specific schedule your provider at Elite Women’s Care recommends for you based on your needs.
Your Pap smear is a quick process in which your practitioner takes a swab of cells from your cervix to send a lab for testing. An HPV test is sometimes done at the same time.
What if my Pap smear is abnormal after my well-woman exam?
Abnormal test results don’t necessarily mean you have cancer. Results sometimes show the presence of noncancerous cells that are categorized as atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US). This is the most common abnormal result. In other cases, the cells may be precancerous or potentially cancerous.
You can expect your practitioner at Elite Women's Care to thoroughly explain your results and suggest the next steps, if needed. They may recommend an additional assessment called a colposcopy, a procedure that’s available on-site for your convenience.
If it’s time for your well-woman exam, call Elite Women's Care today or schedule your visit online.
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