Your annual wellness exam is an important part of your self-care. The annual exam assesses your overall health and screens for common health issues that affect women. Finding and treating health issues early may prevent more serious health issues. Board-certified physician Gary Ott, MD, at Premier Physician Health Associates in West Hills, California, conducts comprehensive annual wellness exams. Call the office today to schedule your appointment.
Annual wellness refers to the yearly exam you need to assess your overall health. The primary purpose of the exam is to evaluate your overall physical health, as well as your reproductive organs.
No matter your gender identity, if you have a vulva, uterus, or breasts, you need an annual wellness exam. The exam helps you and Dr. Ott detect and treat health issues before they turn into bigger health problems. The exam also gives you and Dr. Ott a chance to discuss lifestyle habits that may help you avoid health issues altogether.
The annual exam provides you and Dr. Ott the opportunity to get to know each other better and develop a more trusting patient-doctor relationship. Your emotional health plays an important role in your overall well-being and Dr. Ott wants you to feel comfortable discussing all of your health concerns with him. The more honest you are about your health, the better care you’ll receive.
Dr. Ott conducts a comprehensive evaluation during your annual wellness exam. The specifics of your exam depends on your age, sexual activity, and overall health. During the exam, Dr. Ott reviews your medical and gynecological history, as well as any health concerns you have.
He then conducts a physical and pelvic exam. Dr. Ott may also request diagnostic tests, such as a urinalysis or blood test, to further evaluate your health.
After your examination, Dr. Ott spends time talking with you about your overall health and any recommendations he has to improve or maintain your health and wellness. He may also talk to you about your contraceptive needs.
Dr. Ott may recommend health screenings during your annual wellness exam. The types of screenings you need depend on your age, risk factors, and specific health needs, and may include:
Dr. Ott performs many of these health screenings during your wellness exam. He may need to refer you to other providers for some of the screening tests, such as the mammogram.
To schedule your annual wellness exam, call Premier Women’s Health Associates today.