Annual Well Women Visit/Pap Smear
Does taking care of yourself fall to the bottom of your to-do list? With so many competing priorities, it’s not always easy to put your health first. But taking just one day to focus on you and your health could add years to your life.
A well-woman visit is an annual checkup. It’s a time to see your health care provider to:
- Discuss your health habits, family history, family planning, and more.
- Get or schedule necessary screenings and exams.
- Set health goals such as weight loss and exercise.
Your annual well-woman visit is an important step in taking charge of your health. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, this visit is covered by most health plans at no cost. And if your health care provider says you need more than one well-woman visit in a year, the additional visits are also covered.
The good news doesn’t stop there. During your well-woman visit, you can receive many screenings free of charge. This includes screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, colorectal cancer, and osteoporosis. Screenings can help find diseases in the early stages before they get harder to treat. They can also identify other problems and lower your risk for conditions like heart disease.
This visit is also a time that your health care provider can answer any questions you might have and put together a plan to help you meet your goals. We can help you quit smoking, improve your diet, reduce stress in your life, or anything else you might need help with.