For years, women have referred to their yearly gynecologic visit as, “my pap smear”. Now pap guidelines have changed, so while a pap smear usually is not performed annually, a wellness visit is still recommended.
What is a Wellness visit?
This visit includes an overall assessment of numerous health issues, including:
- Health status (what kind of shape are you in?)
- Menstrual issues
- Family Planning
- Diet and Exercise
- Sexual Practices
- Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug use
- Domestic Violence Screening
- Periodic Health Screens (Pap, Mammogram, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Colonoscopy, etc)
- Immunization Update
- Medication Renewal