At least once a year you should always schedule a physical to ensure all systems are "go". An annual exam is a once-a-year visit to your primary care provider for a general health check. This should include a breast exam and pap smear. Annual exams are also called routine check-ups, yearly exams, annual paps, and preventive visits. An annual exam visit does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. These may be more fully addressed during separate or ongoing consultations.
Better living is always the product of good health. The objective of a well-woman visit is to keep you healthy. Regular well-woman visits also let your doctor find and deal with any problems that do come up when they are still small — and before they turn into big issues. You will learn the best ways to take care of yourself and help protect yourself from having health problems.
A physical exam that assesses overall health generally includes blood pressure, weight, body mass index, palpation of the abdomen and lymph nodes, and an assessment of your overall health. The annual well-woman visit is an excellent opportunity for counseling about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks.
New recommendations and improving technologies continue to influence guidelines and the necessary components of the annual health assessment of women.The annual health assessment is a fundamental part of your medical care and is valuable in promoting prevention practices, recognizing risk factors for disease, and identifying medical problems.
Experience equals knowledge. Your annual physical exam strengthens the relationship between you and your regular physician, helping your doctor be better informed on what is going on with your health and in your personal life. Should you go several years between physical exams, you run the risk of a health problem going undetected and causing your body far more damage than if you catch it early. Depending on the screening or services you need, it may take more than one visit to complete.