Well Woman Exam Specialist

Heather Leslie-Brown, MD -  - OB-GYN

Brown's Women's Care

Heather Leslie-Brown, MD

OB-GYN located in Monroe, NC

Annual wellness exams are an excellent way to take charge of your health by monitoring your history, addressing risk factors, and detecting problems before they become major medical issues. Dr. Heather Leslie-Brown, OB/GYN at Brown’s Women’s Care in Monroe, North Carolina, provides comprehensive exams to ensure you lead a healthy, happy life.

Well Woman Exam Q & A

What is a women’s wellness exam?

A women’s wellness exam is an annual assessment of the health of your reproductive system and your risk factors, and it’s a great way to learn about the preventive measures you can take for future good health. If you've already been diagnosed with a medical condition that bears watching, a wellness exam provides an excellent opportunity to monitor that condition and catch any warning signs before they become major complications.

As you enter your reproductive years, your body undergoes major changes to accommodate this new stage in your life. The same holds true for the end of your reproductive cycle. Whatever stage you are in, it is important to keep tabs on your health to make sure that every aspect of your reproductive system is functioning properly—even if you’ve decided not to have children.

What is checked during an annual wellness exam?

To establish a baseline and provide good medical tracking, an annual women’s wellness exam includes the following for all women:

  • Taking vitals, such as blood pressure and heart rate
  • Measuring your weight and height
  • A visual exam of your external organs in the pelvic region
  • A breast exam
  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Review of medical history

From there, depending upon your history, your age, and your lifestyle, Dr. Leslie-Brown will determine which additional tests or screenings you need, such as:

  • Pap tests, which are recommended at least every three years
  • Mammogram
  • STD screening
  • Cancer screening
  • Fertility screening
  • Colonoscopy

What should I know about preventive care?

The primary goal of a wellness exam is to help you better understand your health and your risk factors, and to discuss effective prevention techniques that will serve you well as you journey through womanhood. Some of the things the doctor discusses with you include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or lowering alcohol consumption
  • Sexual behavior
  • Exercise and nutrition habits
  • Sexual function
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic counseling
  • Dealing with chronic conditions

Dr. Leslie-Brown believes in treating each patient individually by addressing the concerns and factors unique to you and recommending courses of action designed to help you avoid potential problems.