You may feel like scheduling your annual well-woman checkup is at the bottom of your to-do list, especially if you feel fit and healthy. However, board-certified OB/GYN Arunachalam Jothivijayarani, MD, encourages you to schedule your annual appointment and take the time to check in on your health and have crucial health screenings. At Womens Care of Bradenton, serving Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Jothi and her team provide well-woman exams and health screenings for women of all ages, from adolescence through menopause, to monitor and protect their health and well-being. Call the practice or book your appointment online today.
Your well-woman appointment is a critical component of your preventive health care. Many health conditions, including reproductive health issues, don’t cause any symptoms in their early stages. The health screenings you have at these routine appointments are often the only way to diagnose a condition before it becomes a serious problem.
Dr. Jothi also keeps detailed records of your health history so that if, for example, your blood pressure or glucose levels start to creep up, she can provide advice and treatment to help you lower them without having to rely on pharmaceuticals.
Well-woman appointments are also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about your health and well-being and get advice on how to improve your overall wellness.
During your well-woman appointment, you’ll have a physical exam and a conversation about your health. You may need to have blood work before your appointment, so Dr. Jothi can review it and discuss it with you.
During your physical exam, Dr. Jothi checks your height, weight, and blood pressure. She listens to your heart and lungs and feels your abdomen for abnormalities in your organs. She also performs a pelvic exam to check your reproductive organs.
If necessary, she performs a Pap smear to collect a cell sample from your cervix. If you’re in good health and have a low risk of cervical cancer, you should have a Pap smear every three years between the ages of 21-29. If you’re between the ages of 30-64, you may only need a Pap smear every five years. During your Pap smear, she can also provide STD testing and check for conditions like the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Dr. Jothi also provides advice about all your birth control options. She can prescribe a contraceptive pill or insert an intrauterine device (IUD) or the Nexplanon® implant.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests that young women start to have well-woman exams with a licensed gynecologist between the ages of 13-15. While young women don’t need to start having pelvic exams or Pap smears until they become sexually active or reach the age of 21, young women benefit from meeting with a gynecologist and developing a trusting patient-doctor relationship before they reach these milestones.
Dr. Jothi is committed to educating her young patients about their bodies and the changes they can expect during adolescence. She can also be a resource to provide medically sound information and answers to questions a teenager might not want to ask a parent.
Don’t put off your health: Call Womens Care of Bradenton or book online to schedule a well-woman exam with Dr. Jothi today.