Routine well-woman exams provide preventive women’s health care that’s essential for women who want to stay healthy for life. Mubarak Khawaja, MD, and Asim Khawaja, MD, lead the team at CareOne Internal Medicine and Primary Care, where their nurse practitioners offer annual exams and the ongoing care needed for women’s health. Patients in and around Houston and Katy, Texas, can get pelvic exams, contraception advice, weight-loss counseling, and health screenings. To get the comprehensive care you need, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Many women only schedule an appointment when a problem arises. While that allows you to get treatment, acute care or sick visits only deal with your immediate health concern. Women’s annual health checkups focus on preventive health care. Many health conditions don’t cause symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. By the time you feel something is wrong, it’s too late to prevent the problem.
When you get routine women’s health exams, your provider at CareOne Internal Medicine and Primary Care can detect health problems at an early stage and provide treatment to stop the condition from getting worse.
Your women’s health exam includes basics like your checking your weight and blood pressure. Your provider may also order blood tests or other diagnostic exams such as ultrasound.
At your well-woman exam, your nurse practitioner provides services such as:
Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) are another common health problem identified and treated during a women’s health care exam. After one UTI, nearly half of all women go on to have a second infection within a year, and 25% experience ongoing recurrences.
During your women’s health exam, your provider at CareOne Internal Medicine and Primary Care is sensitive to the health issues women face. They recommend screenings based on the current guidelines and your risk factors. You may need more frequent screenings if you have a higher chance of certain health problems.
While they screen for health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease, they make referrals for other screenings such as mammograms, bone density exams, and colonoscopies.
If you were or still are a heavy smoker, you may need lung cancer screening after you reach the age of 55. Experts in preventive medicine recommend that anyone who has smoked 30 packs of cigarettes per year at any point within the past 15 years (even if you quit smoking) should have an annual lung cancer test with low-dose computed tomography.
If you need to schedule a women’s health exam, call CareOne Internal Medicine and Primary Care or use the online booking feature.