At Your Appointment

Well Woman Visit Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment.
  • Are you having regular periods? When was the date of your last menstrual period?
  • Are you having any problems with your period, like cramps or heavy flow?
  • Are you sexually active? If so, what method of birth control are you using? Do you have more than one partner?
  • Are you having any concerning symptoms?
  • Do you feel safe at home and in your relationships?
  • Do you smoke, vape or use tobacco or nicotine products? How often?
  • How many alcoholic drinks do you have in an average week?
  • Over the past two weeks, have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?
  • What is your diet and physical activity level like? Does it seem hard to eat healthier or be more active?
  • What is the best form of birth control for me?
  • How can I protect myself from STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)?
  • How often do I need a well woman visit?
  • How often do I need screening exams, including Pap smear, mammogram or bone scan?
  • Are there any immunizations I need?
  • How do I perform breast self-exams?
  • What is my risk of female diseases or disorders, such as infertility, uterine fibroids, menstrual irregularities, osteoporosis, or breast, cervical or endometrial cancer?
  • What changes do I need to make to live healthier?
  • Where can I find help for a mental health issue?
  • When do I need to see you again?
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Last Review Date: 2021 Apr 5
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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