Women's Health Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Alexandria

Primary Care Physicians located in Alexandria, VA

Regular women’s health exams give you many types of essential care, including pelvic exams, breast exams, family planning support, STD testing, and cervical cancer prevention. At AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria, conveniently located in Alexandria, Virginia, experienced care providers help you manage all aspects of women’s health through expert guidance and caring support. Click the online scheduler or call the office to arrange your women’s health visit now.

Women's Health Q &A

What is included in a women’s health exam?

Women’s health exams at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria focus on all the health concerns you have as a woman.

Pelvic exam

The pelvic exam includes a visual check of your reproductive organs. Pelvic exams are generally comfortable and fairly quick. The caring providers at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria always strive to put you at ease during your exam.

Clinical breast exam

The clinical breast exam is a quick check in which your care provider gently manipulates your breast tissue to find lumps or other irregularities. Depending on your age and circumstances, your provider may recommend a mammogram as well.

Testing

Your care provider performs necessary tests like a Pap smear during your pelvic exam. Pap smear and HPV testing predict cervical cancer, so they’re very important tests for nearly all women. If you have an abnormal Pap smear or HPV test, your doctor helps you take actions to prevent cancer.

You can also get STD testing during your women’s wellness exam to check for common STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes. If you suspect a yeast infection, your care provider can use just one rapid swab test to check for both STDs and a yeast infection.

Vaccinations

If you need vaccinations, such as the HPV vaccine, your care provider administers it during your women’s health exam.

Birth control

If you’re on birth control, your care provider renews your prescription for oral contraceptives or NuvaRing®. If you want to use an implanted form of birth control, like IUD, your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria provider refers you to a trustworthy local gynecologist.

Your exam is a comprehensive check of your reproductive health, and it’s the best way to get and stay well.

What questions will the doctor ask in a women’s health exam?

Your doctor typically asks about the following things during a women’s health exam:

  • Your menstrual cycle
  • Your sex habits
  • Current birth control
  • Current medications
  • Family planning
  • Lifestyle habits, including drinking and drug use

Don’t be afraid to be completely honest with your care provider when answering these questions. The more honest you are, the better they can personalize your care.

How often should I have a women’s health exam?

Most women should schedule a women’s health exam every year. If you have a history of cervical cancer or chronic female health problems like uterine fibroids or endometriosis, you may need exams more often. Your care provider recommends the right frequency for you.

For women’s health exams from providers who truly care, click the online scheduler or call AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria to make your appointment now.