04 Jan Need a Well Woman Exam? Come See Us at The DOCK Clinic
A well woman examination is an exam by a medical professional that reviews elements of a woman’s reproductive health and helps identify potential health problems early. It is recommended for women every three years starting at age 21.
At The DOCK, this exam includes STD screening, a pelvic examination, and a Pap test:
STD Testing & Treatment
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common and the rates in the Coachella Valley are high. You can have an STD without knowing it. In many cases, there are no signs or symptoms. Here at The DOCK, we’re ready to assist you quickly and confidentially with the information, testing and treatment you need for STDs including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C (HCV), HIV, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Syphilis. Click here for detailed information about STD Testing & Treatment.
A pelvic exam is a way for doctors to look for signs of illness in certain organs in a woman’s body. The word “pelvic” refers to the pelvis. The exam is used to look at a woman’s:
- Vulva (external genital organs)
- Uterus (the womb)
- Cervix (opening from the vagina to the uterus)
- Fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs to the womb)
- Ovaries (organs that produce eggs)
- Bladder (the sac that holds urine)
- Rectum (the chamber that connects the colon to the anus)
A Pap test is a test of a sample of cells taken from a woman’s cervix or vagina. The test is used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix and vagina that show cancer or conditions that may develop into cancer.
The Pap test is done during a pelvic exam. To help make the Pap test as accurate as possible, avoid sex, douching, and vaginal creams for 48 hours before the test.
Cells are collected from the cervix and placed into a solution. The solution is then sent to a lab for testing. It generally takes about a week to get the test results.
A normal Pap test means the cells from the cervix look normal. An abnormal Pap test means the cells do not look normal. Sometimes repeat Pap tests are needed and different tests also may need to be done. Pap tests can occasionally show signs of infection but other tests are necessary to determine the presence of an STD.
Schedule an appointment with The DOCK at 760-992-0492 or walk-in Monday-Friday 10am-6:30-PM.