Well Woman Exam Specialist

Central Florida Family Practice

Board Certified Family Practice located in Saint Cloud, FL

A well-woman exam is an important yearly check of a woman’s reproductive health. At Central Florida Family Practice, board-certified family practitioner Dr. Elba Masid offers well-woman exams to residents of Saint Cloud, Florida, and the surrounding areas. If you need your annual gynecological exam, call the office or book an appointment using the online tool.

Well-woman Exam Q & A

What should I expect during a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam involves a pelvic exam and breast exam. In addition, Dr. Masid assesses your overall health and asks questions about your period or any unusual gynecological problems, such as discharge or pelvic pain. If you’re sexually active, she may discuss sexually transmitted diseases and testing as well as birth control.

When should a woman have her first well-woman exam?

Girls aged 13-15 benefit from their first well-woman exam. This exam usually does not involve a pelvic exam, but includes a general review of your health and discussion of any questions about sex, your period, or your sexuality. You should have your first pelvic exam by age 21.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a screening for cervical cancer that is performed during a pelvic exam. Dr. Masid uses a swab to take a small sampling of cells from your cervix. These cells are sent to a lab for analysis. An abnormal Pap smear result doesn’t mean you have cervical cancer, but does warrant more investigation. You should have Pap smears every three years, but if you’re older than 30, she may recommend them just every five years, if you have no history of abnormalities.

What birth control options are available?

No single birth control method is right for every woman. The type that’s best for you depends on how sexually active you are, your family plans, and your health. Dr. Masid can help you understand your options that include:

  • Barrier methods, such as condoms and the diaphragm, that prevent the sperm from getting to the egg
  • Hormonal methods, such as birth control pills and implants, that affect your ovulation
  • Intrauterine devices, which are hormonal and copper devices that stay in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for years
  • Sterilization, such as tubal ligation, that is a permanent form of birth control
  • Family planning, including the rhythm method

Dr. Masid can help you understand these options so you can settle on the one that’s best for you.

If you’re overdue for your well-woman exam, call Central Florida Family Practice or book an appointment with Dr. Masid online today.