It is very normal to be nervous about having a gynecologic or well woman exam, especially if it is your first one. If you know the process ahead of time, it may help to alleviate some of that nervousness.

Components of a well woman exam:

  • Discussion with health care provider:
    • Health history
    • Gynecologic history
    • Health concerns
  • Weight/ Height
  • Blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature
  • Neck examination and examination of heart and lungs
  • Breast exam and teaching of breast self exam
  • PAP/pelvic exam
  • Discussion with health care provider:
    • Birth control options
    • Treatment of other health concerns