From caring for your family to work deadlines to relaxing with loved ones – wanting to be your best self is at the center of it all.
At Allina Health, we believe that understanding your health and the unique life that you live is the key to helping you do more, feel stronger and live better than you ever thought possible. Our women’s health providers and services meet you where you are in life. You can count on us for expert compassionate care that will guide and support you through every stage of life.
You’ll find women’s health providers who focus on you, who meet you where you are in life and are mindful of the next step along your path. You can count us on for expert, compassionate care and support to guide you through every stage of life.
Some services you may be interested in include:
- breast health and mammography
- gynecology including urogynecology
- integrative medicine (acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, etc.)
- mental health and addiction services
- pelvic health and incontinence
- plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery
- pregnancy care including high-risk pregnancy care (must be referred by your provider)
- weight management.
What it is
To remain healthy, an annual woman’s health exam is recommended. The exam is an important check-in with your provider to discuss both your physical and emotional health throughout all stages of your life.
During your visit, you and your provider may talk about these topics at various ages:
- birth control
- sexually transmitted infection screening
- pregnancy planning
- menstrual issues
- diet, exercise, and healthy weight
- symptoms of menopausal transition
- colon cancer screening
- long-term birth control options
- diet, exercise and healthy weight
- pelvic floor and incontinence issues
Ages 65 and older: It is recommended that you start seeing a family medicine or internal medicine physician for your annual exam around this time.
- mammography until age 75
- complications of menopause
- bone mineral density screening, breast exam and pelvic exams-dependent on your specific needs
What to expect
Your annual exam will include:
- a complete physical exam including breast and pelvic exams
- a check for diseases or problems you might not be aware you have
- health screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and depression
- social history, including smoking and drinking
- age-specific topics
The frequency of a Pap test is individualized and dependent on your history and risk factors.
Good to know
An annual exam is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, too. These 10 questions are especially important for women in their 20s and 30s to ask:
- Do I need any vaccinations or booster shots?
- How often do I need a Pap test?
- Do my weight, diet or behaviors put me at risk for heart disease or diabetes?
- How much exercise should I get?
- Am I using the right kind of birth control for my needs?
- Should I make any changes before getting pregnant, such as taking folic acid supplements , switching a medicine?
- Should I be screened for high cholesterol, high blood sugar or high blood pressure?
- Do I have any suspicious moles or skin growths?
- Does my family's health history raise any concerns?
- Am I healthy enough to get pregnant?
Source: Allina Health Primary Care clinical service line
Reviewed by: Ronald Gourneau, MD