Annual Pap/HPV/GYN Exam in Chicago, IL
Doctor Michelle Trandai offers annual Pap/HPV/GYN exams in Chicago, IL and surrounding areas. She is conveniently located at 5449 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640. Request an appointment today, call us for more information.
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What is included in a physical checkup?
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Well-woman physical exams are important for every woman. They go beyond just a standard check of vitals and medical history, but also perform a thorough examination of the female reproductive system and breasts. These exams are specifically geared towards women, so you can feel safe and comfortable in the doctor’s experience and discretion!
Physical Screening — Your weight, height and blood pressure will be taken. You will be asked your age, your most recent menstrual period, questions about any pregnancy experiences, your form of birth control and a review of your family history will be asked for good measure.
Physical Exam — During this part of the exam, you may lie down as your breast examination starts and your abdomen may be gently pressed. Ask your physician how to perform a self-breast exam at home.
External Genital Exam — While laying down, you will be asked to place your feet in the stirrups. The practitioner will then cover you with a sheet and check your genitals for unusual color or tone, sores, lesions or discharge.
Vaginal Exam & Pap Test — A medical instrument called a speculum will then be inserted into the vagina so the cervix can be seen. As part of the vaginal exam, the provider will use a small brush to collect a sample of surface tissue from the vagina. This sample will be used to test for certain types of infections and cervical cancer.
You should have your first wellness visit around age 13 to 15. At this age, it could merely consist of a talk with your doctor plus a regular physical exam. Your doctor or nurse will check your weight, height and blood pressure.
You might talk about your period, especially if you’re worried about it being painful, heavy or irregular. If you’re under 18, you may get some shots, like the HPV vaccine.
Around age 21, you will start to need regular Pap tests and pelvic exams. From ages 25-39, you will need to get a breast examination performed by a doctor every 1-3 years. As you age, or if there are changes to your health, your wellness visits will include other tests and referrals such as for mammograms. Starting at age 40, you’ll need a mammogram every 1-2 years.
One thing that never changes regardless of age, is building a good, honest relationship with your doctor or nurse. You can talk about your emotional health and your healthy relationships during your wellness visit. The more honest you are, the better and more accurate care you will receive.
The exam starts with your provider assembling a comprehensive medical history, including family history. Vital signs like your blood pressure, heart rate, height, and weight will be measured. You will also be asked about your sexual activity, contraception needs, periods, pregnancy history, history of GYN problems or surgeries, and any current symptoms you are having.
Your provider will listen to your heart and lungs, feel the thyroid gland in your throat, and feel your abdomen. You will also have a breast and pelvic exam.
The pelvic exam consists of three parts: an external inspection of the vulva, an internal evaluation of the vagina and cervix with the use of a speculum, and an analysis of the uterus and ovaries with a gloved hand. During the speculum exam, a Pap smear is performed by gathering cells brushed from the cervix and sent to the laboratory for examination. The exam will also focus on assessing any symptoms you may be experiencing. Tell your provider if you find the pelvic exam extremely uncomfortable or anxiety-provoking. Relaxation strategies, repositioning, and using a smaller size speculum may improve your experience.
Finally, you and your provider will discuss ways to improve your health including screening tests, lifestyle changes, or vaccinations based on your age or other risk factors.
If you or someone you know is in need of a well-woman physical exam, then come to Michelle Trandai MD! We have a team of professional and caring staff who will make you feel as comfortable as possible! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!