Annual well-woman exams are your best defense against long-term, potentially deadly conditions like cervical and breast cancer. In East Los Angeles, California, experienced OB/GYN Yao Hsu, MD, provides regular wellness exams to women of all ages. Call or visit Yao Hsu MD, Inc. to arrange your well-woman exam, or complete the online form today to request an appointment online today.

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What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam is an annual physical that focuses on prevention, detecting potential problems early, and reproductive health and wellness education. An annual well-woman exam helps women of all ages develop better overall lifestyle habits and avoid future health complications.

Many gynecological conditions develop over long periods and reach advanced stages before you notice any symptoms. By this time, there could be irreversible and potentially life-threatening damage.

Attending routine well-woman exams ensures Dr. Hsu identifies changes early, diagnoses them, and starts treatment in plenty of time.

What does a well-woman exam involve?

A well-woman exam consists of a review of your health history and a thorough physical exam, including:

  • A pelvic exam
  • Breast exam
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing (if applicable)
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Weight loss advice
  • Mental health assessment
  • Cervical cancer screening

Health screenings are a vital part of your well-woman exam. Dr. Hsu assesses your risk of certain chronic conditions and recommends the necessary screenings. Some are simple in-office tests, such as blood tests to screen for diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and high cholesterol.

Other important screenings include colonoscopies for colon cancer, bone density scans for osteoporosis, and mammograms for breast cancer.

Dr. Hsu and his skilled medical team also measure your blood pressure, checks your heart and lungs, and examines your body for any abnormalities like skin lesions or lumps. Dr. Hsu and his medical team are happy to discuss any concerns you have about changes in your health during your well-woman exam.

Can I benefit in other ways from a well-woman exam?

Well-woman exams are a great opportunity to talk to Dr. Hsu and his nurse about issues like sexual health problems, painful or irregular menstruation, menopause symptoms, and infertility.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing difficulties becoming aroused, or sex has become painful. You may have noticed changes in your menstrual cycle, or haven’t become pregnant despite trying for many months. You might be in perimenopause if you develop problems like vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and night sweats.

Dr. Hsu and his medical team can offer advice and support for these and many other women’s health problems. They can also help you improve your health by making lifestyle changes like eating a more nutritious, varied diet, exercising regularly, improving your sleep quality, and managing stress better.

To benefit from a well-woman exam, call Yao Hsu MD, Inc. and schedule a consultation appointment online today.