Dr. Ben Ramaley serves as a gynecologist at Southport Women’s Healthcare in Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Ramaley holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Fairfield County Medical Association.
The well woman exam is an annual evaluation of a female’s health, often performed by a gynecologist or nurse practitioner. Women of all ages can benefit from such exams. The following gives a brief introduction to the best candidates for this type of routine visit.
1. Women with questionable bleeding. During a period, we consider bleeding normal. Outside of a menstrual cycle, bleeding can indicate a health concern.
2. Those with breast changes or STD symptoms. Women who conduct monthly self-exams may discover lumps or other differences in their breasts, which should serve as triggers to visit a physician. Females who suspect they have contracted a sexually transmitted disease should also see a doctor.
3. Sexually active individuals. Women who have one or more intimate partners benefit from an annual exam.
4. Women whose female relatives experienced disease. Those with mothers, sisters, aunts, and other family members who faced breast cancer or cancer of the reproductive organs will want to visit a physician at least annually.
5. Those seeking hormone replacement therapy. As women near menopause, some may wish to begin hormone treatments. A physician can guide patients to making appropriate choices.