28 Jun What is a well-woman visit?
Let’s talk about women’s health and the importance of an annual visit with your doctor or nurse every year. A well-woman’s visit is an important way to help you stay healthy and prevent health conditions or diseases.
A well-woman visit includes a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits are covered at 100% through the III-A and focus on preventive care for women, which may include:
- Services, like vaccines, that improve your health by preventing diseases and other health problems
- Screening tests, which are medical tests to check for diseases early when they may be easier to treat
- Education and counseling to help you make informed health decisions
Your well-woman visit is a chance to focus on your overall health and wellness. There are 3 main goals for the visit:
- Documenting your health habits and history, and if there has been any changes or new conditions
- Getting a physical exam
- Setting health goals
Things that may be discussed during your visit are:
- Medical history and family health history
- Mental health history, including depression
- Sexual activity and sexual partners
- Eating and physical activity habits
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Use of any medicines, vitamins, minerals, or herbs
- Home life and relationships
- Physical exam
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exam
- Wellness labs/bloodwork
Be sure to talk to your doctor or nurse about your health and wellness goals, and you and your doctor or nurse can make a plan to help you meet these goals. Together, you can decide which screenings or follow-up services are right for you. Here is a list of preventative services that your doctor might recommend:
General Health and Prevention Screenings: (recommended annually for adults unless noted)
- Mental Health/Depression/Anxiety Screening
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Lipid screening (Cholesterol)
- Diabetes screening (A1C)
- Complete Blood Count
- Osteoporosis screening (age 50 and older)
- Breast Cancer: Mammograms may start as early as age 35-40; recommended annually)
- Cervical Cancer: For age 21-65; HPV screening every 5 years, PAP screening every 3 years
- Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopies typically start at age 50; frequency depends on risks/past tests (typically every 5-10 years). Cologuard screening (take-home test) is recommended every 3 years for age 40 and older *but III-A covers at 100% at any age/frequency
- Lung Cancer: Annual screening for those 50 an older who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
- Skin Cancer: Annual screening for all adults, or more often if you are at a higher risk.
- Immunizations: influenza vaccine annually, Pneumonia vaccine once after age 65, others as recommended/needed
- STI prevention/STD testing
- Tuberculosis screening
There are additional screenings and recommendations for anyone pregnant or post-partum; be sure to work with your OB-GYN closely during these times.
For a full list of age-related preventative guidelines, visit:
***Please refer to your III-A Benefits Book for a list of all covered Preventative Care Benefits***
III-A Nurse Practitioner, Velma Seabolt, has worked in Women’s Health for over 30 years! If you have any questions regarding your health or preventative screenings, give her a call on the III-A Telehealth Line.