Well Woman Exam Specialist

Altus Medical Care

Internal Medicine located in Trenton, NJ

An annual well-woman exam is one of the best ways to stay healthy at any age. At Altus Medical Care in Trenton, New Jersey, compassionate and skilled internist Rupinder Chawla, MD, performs well-woman exams customized for your needs. Dr. Chawla is here to help you stay healthy and happy. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Well Woman Exam Q & A

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam is a yearly checkup at Altus Medical Care, performed by Dr. Rupinder Chawla. During your well-woman exam, she performs a pelvic exam, a clinical breast exam, and other tests as needed. Often, a well-woman exam includes a Pap smear or HPV testing, and it can sometimes include vaccinations, such as the HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer if needed.

Your well-woman exam also includes birth control and sexual health support. If you need birth control like oral contraceptives, an intrauterine device, or a birth control implant, Dr. Chawla can prescribe it during your well-woman exam. 

Although sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing isn’t routinely included in a well-woman exam, you can get the appropriate tests at that time, too. You can also have a pregnancy test during your well-woman exam.

What kind of questions will the doctor ask in a well-woman exam?

Dr. Chawla always takes the time to truly be there for her patients. She wants you to feel comfortable, so she is completely discreet. She generally asks about topics that include:

  • Period frequency and duration
  • Current birth control methods
  • Current methods of STD protection
  • Family planning goals
  • Sexual habits and history
  • Medical history 
  • Current medical conditions or problems
  • Current medications

Dr. Chawla may also ask about recreational habits, like alcohol, smoking, and drug use. You can be completely honest when discussing your personal life with Dr. Chawla. The more detailed you are, the better she can help you be healthy and achieve your goals. 

What is a Pap smear? 

A Pap smear is a test that examines a small sample of your cervical cells to check for abnormal changes that might indicate cervical cancer. Nearly all women in the 21-65 age range need regular Pap smears. You may not need a Pap smear every year, though. Dr. Chawla will make customized recommendations based on your health and situation.

Regular Pap smears are so vital because they can often predict cervical cancer before it’s fully developed. This means you can get treatment to remove potentially dangerous cells before they can turn cancerous and affect your health and life. 

For well-woman exams at Altus Medical Care, use online booking or call the office to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chawla now.