January 19, 2021 In Medical Tips By Florida Center for Urogynecology

Well Woman Visit vs Problem Visit









Well-Woman Visits: Also known as your annual exam by your Gynecologist:

  • What does a well-woman visit include?
    • A well-woman exam is an important way to help you stay healthy. This typically happens once a year for most women. These visits focus on preventative care rather than sickness. This typically includes screening, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.
    • You and your provider will discuss health goals, and together decide which screenings or follow up is appropriate for you
  • What happens during a wellness visit?
    • This will depend on our age, sexual history and medical history but typically you will get a full physical exam which may include doing a clinical breast exam (feeling your breasts for any lumps or changes) and doing a pelvic exam (looking at your vagina and feeling around your pelvis)
    • At Age 21 is when you will start needing regular pelvic exams and pap smear tests, which is the screening test for cervical cancer
    • STD screening is not automatically collected during an annual exam, but it is advised to request testing during the visit if you are at risk

Problem Visits: A problem visit or “sick” visit will address other issues rather than routine preventative care. This should be a separate office visit from your annual exam. These issues include topics such as: abnormal bleeding or irregular periods, breast issues, menopausal symptoms, vaginal infections including yeast or bacterial vaginosis, urinary issues or UTIs, etc.