What Happens At A Well Visit?

What is a well visit?

A well-check visit, also called an annual physical or check-up, is a preventative measure and a time for communication with your physician.

The doctor may also make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and update your personal and family medical history.

A well-check can detect problems before they become serious..

How long does a well visit take?

A third of parents indicated that doctors spent less than 10 minutes with them, 47% reported visits lasting between 11 to 20 minutes and 20% said their visits were at least 21 minutes long. Not surprisingly, parents reported less “family-centered” care and fewer preventive-care discussions during the shorter visits.

What is included in a well woman visit?

Well-woman visits include a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits focus on preventive care for women, which may include: Services, like shots, that improve your health by preventing diseases and other health problems.

Why do doctors look at your privates?

For boys, a doctor visually examines the penis and scrotum and may touch to check for conditions such as a hernia, tumor or undescended testicle. For girls, a doctor may manually spread the labia, the outer lips surrounding the entrance to the vagina, to look for signs of infection, sexual activity or sexual abuse.

What do doctors do at a wellness check?

During your wellness exam you may receive screening for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, mammogram, pap test, osteoporosis, or STDs. Your doctor may ask you about current stress, physical activity, diet, or drug use such as tobacco and alcohol.

Why do doctors finger you?

The rectovaginal exam — Your doctor or nurse may also put a gloved finger into your rectum. This checks the muscles between your vagina and your anus. This also checks for tumors behind your uterus, on the lower wall of your vagina, or in your rectum. Some doctors put another finger in your vagina while they do this.