Physicals Specialist

Louisiana Center for Women’s Health

Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare & Aesthetic Clinics located in West Monroe, LA

Annual physicals teach you a lot about your health, and they’re an opportunity for you to ask questions and improve your daily habits. At Louisiana Center for Women’s Health in West Monroe, Louisiana, the experienced team can give you an in-depth physical every year. They can also provide you with a yearly women’s wellness visit that’s more than just a Pap. To schedule your next visit, call the office or book online today.

Physicals Q&A

What are physicals?

Physicals are appointments for preventive care that you should make regularly. You should try to fit a physical into your schedule at least once a year, and whenever you need one for sports, school, or work. 

During a physical, your provider goes over your health and records various measurements pertaining to your wellness, growth, and development. They also look for any signs of disease and ask about your habits and lifestyle at home.

You should bring up any health concerns you have during a physical, and you may ask general questions about how to best take care of yourself. Your provider can give you helpful advice that will help you promote your own health. 

Louisiana Center for Women’s Health offers general physical exams as well as women’s wellness exams that are more than just a Pap smear. They’re preventive visits that focus primarily on female sexual and reproductive health but can address other systemic issues, too. 

What happens during a physical?

Your physical exam includes a series of tests after your provider asks a few questions about your health. Be sure to be prepared with an updated list of the medications you take regularly and their doses. You should also bring up any particular health concerns that have come up since your last visit. 

Your physical exam includes tests like:

  • Blood pressure reading
  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Visual exam of your eyes
  • Visual exam of your ears, nose, and throat
  • Balance and reflex check
  • Abdominal check with palpitations

During a women’s wellness exam, you’ll also get a pelvic examination and basic breast exam. Some of these visits also include a Pap smear to collect a sample of cervical cells. The team examines the sample closely for signs of cancer and other abnormal cellular changes.

What are the benefits of getting physicals regularly?

By getting an annual physical and women’s wellness exam, you can form a closer relationship with your providers than you had before. While this might not seem significant at first, it can improve your chances of getting an early diagnosis when a health complication occurs. 

The team at Louisiana Center for Women’s Health becomes familiar with you, your menstrual cycle, medications you take, and prior medical history. With regular visits, they can observe and record patterns in your health, which helps them notice deviations when something isn’t right. 

Furthermore, the team can make more personalized recommendations for care once they’ve seen you several times at your annual physicals and women’s wellness exams. 

To set up your next physical or women’s wellness exam, call Louisiana Center for Women’s Health or book online today.