All women need a general health check each year, often referred to as an annual physical. Routine visits with your physician can help find problems early or prevent them before they occur. If problems are found early, they may be easier to treat and less likely to pose serious risks to your health.
A “well-woman visit” is an additional checkup that focuses on the female reproductive system and sexual health. Well-woman visits don't replace routine health checkups, but your doctor often can do both checkups at the same time, though some women decide to see a gynecologist for their well-woman visits.
The following should be covered at either your annual checkup or your well-women visit:
- Medical history
- Family health history
- Relationships and sexual partners
- Eating habits and physical activity
- Use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
- Mental health history, including depression
- Measurement of your height and weight
- Calculation of your body mass index (BMI)
- Measurement of your blood pressure
- A breast exam
- A Pap test and pelvic exam
- Discussion of health topics relevant to your age and risk factors
- Determination of screenings and follow-up services that are right for you
- Creation of health goals through a written wellness plan
Most insurance plans cover both visits. The Affordable Care Act requires most health plans to cover many preventive services without charging you a copayment. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered by your plan.
On June 24, Florida Hospital Tampa will host a special evening dedicated to healthy living and important screenings at every stage of a woman’s life. Join us for the final destination in our four-part women’s seminar series, as we travel to France! Bring your mother, sister and friends for a free, fun-filled night that includes a Parisian "open air" market, French food, health screenings, door prizes and French lessons.