What is a Well Woman Visit? (and why you should get one)

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The new year brings new resolutions for health and wellness – and, for many, changes to insurance and the stressful search for a new primary care provider. If you’re looking for a new provider, we can help you with that.

Most of our clients don’t know that Baby + Co. provides Complete Care that extends beyond pre-pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum. Our board-certified nurse midwives also see women for primary care visits, which we call Well Woman Visits. 

What is a Well Woman Visit?

Well Woman Visits are another name for your annual exam, the once-a-year clinical check-up that is covered by major insurance providers. Our nurse midwives are nurse practitioners with a specialty focus in women’s health and birth who are trained to care for women at every stage of life.

A clinical visit with a midwife consists of what you’re used to doing at a clinical visit. Visits may include anything from blood workups and cancer screenings to getting prescriptions for birth control or antidepressants.

How is seeing a nurse midwife different than seeing a doctor?

There are a few major differences between seeing a nurse midwife and seeing a doctor for your primary care. One key difference is that women tell us they don’t feel rushed during their clinical visits with their midwife. There’s a lot of listening, and a lot of conversation. Midwives also work with you to implement lifestyle wellness practices like nutrition, fitness, and stress management, all of which are a part of well woman care.

Midwives, of course, specialize in women’s health. Well woman visits may include contraceptive planning, STD or STI panels, and preconception consultations. They can also include pelvic exams, though, depending on medical history, most women only require pap smears once every three years.

What does a Well Woman Visit include?

A typical first well woman visit includes:

  • Filling out a complete health history questionnaire
  • A comprehensive conversation with a nurse practitioner midwife about your health history and family history, including
    • Current health and any symptoms you are experiencing
    • Menstrual history
    • Sexual health, activity, and/or satisfaction and concerns
  • Physical exam, which includes:
    • Blood pressure
    • Listening to heart and lungs
    • Clinical breast exam
    • Feeling abdominal organs
    • If needed, pelvic exam (once every three years)
  • Recommendations for nutrition, exercise, any tests or regular screenings based on current symptoms or family history
  • If needed, a conversation about prescriptions

Well woman care typically begins when women become sexually active or turn eighteen.

How can I come into Baby + Co. for a Well Woman Visit?

A Well Woman Visit is a good way to kickstart your health this year, whether you’re looking for a new women’s health provider or thinking about trying for a baby. 

Contact the Baby + Co. center nearest to you to explore your options for Well Woman Care. (Click “Contact” at the top of the page!)

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