Make Your Health a Priority

    Routine screening exams are the cornerstone of taking care of your health.

    What is a Well Woman Exam?

    "I want women everywhere to know that real love means putting yourself first and prioritizing your annual screenings.” - Mary J. Blige

    Specially designed for a woman’s needs, the exam is part discussion and part physical exam. It also involves any testing, counseling, or immunizations required depending on your age, lifestyle, and medical history. Your Well Woman Exam is your personal health roadmap. It’s a way to help you stay healthy for the ones you love and care for. Your Well Woman exam can make a world of difference between living and thriving at your personal best.

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    How Does a Well Woman Exam Make a Difference?

    Early detection through health screenings is the first step to the best treatments and outcomes. A Well Woman exam will provide screenings for breast, colon, and cervical cancers; osteoporosis; heavy periods and other health conditions you may be concerned about.1

    Your medical tests can put you in a vulnerable position and waiting for results can be unsettling. But the relief from ultimately knowing, from being sure of what’s going on with your body, is what makes screening and testing so important. And keeping to a schedule as guided by your healthcare provider (usually annually) is part of the commitment you should make to yourself.

    After all, your health is your wealth.

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    What to Expect at Your Well Woman Exam

    Depending on your age, the Well Woman exam may cover different health topics. Let’s take a look at what you can expect.

      In Your Late Teens

      This is likely your first Well Woman exam. Now is the time to establish open communication with your health provider. Be willing to have an honest discussion about your sexual and reproductive health – no topic should be off-limits. While your Well Woman exam will be designed with your unique health in mind, you can expect it to include the following elements:

      • Evaluation and Appropriate Testing
      • STI Testing
      • Immunizations
      • Visual Exam of Breast & Pelvic Area
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      In Your Twenties

      Your Well Woman visits during ages 20-29 years may include family planning, contraception discussion, the beginning of cervical cancer screening and more. Be sure include contraception and family planning discussions during your Well Woman exam. Your exam may include the following screenings and tests:

      • Pap Test
      • Pelvic Exam
      • Clinical/Self-Breast Exam
      • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
      • High Blood Pressure Check-Up
      • Menstrual Health
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      In Your Thirties

      For women ages 30-40, this may be a time in your life when you’re more sexually active, and you may have given birth or plan to become pregnant. Be sure to discuss contraception and family planning during your exam. Your Well-Women Exam may include the following screenings and tests:

      • Pap Test
      • Pap + HPV together
      • Pelvic Exam
      • Clinical/Self-Breast Exam
      • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
      • High Blood Pressure Check-Up
      • Menstrual Health
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      In Your Forties

      You may notice weight gain during ages 40-50 because of stress from juggling family, work, friendships, and social activities. Stress can lead to weight gain. So, during your next Well Woman exam, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your mental health as well as nutrition and exercise. Your Well Woman exam may include the following screenings and tests:

      • Pap Test
      • Pap + HPV together
      • Pelvic Exam
      • Clinical/Self-Breast Exam
      • Breast Cancer Screening/Mammogram
      • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
      • Colorectal Cancer Screening
      • High Blood Pressure Check-Up
      • Menstrual Health
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      In Your Fifties

      For women ages 50-60, this is a time when you may begin menopause. During your next Well Woman exam, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about any bodily changes you’ve experienced, your questions about menopause and what you may expect. Your Well Women Exam may include the following screenings and tests:

      • Pap Test
      • Pap + HPV together
      • Pelvic Exam
      • Clinical/Self-Breast Exam
      • Breast Cancer Screening/Mammogram
      • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
      • Colorectal Cancer Screening
      • High Blood Pressure Check-Up
      • Menstrual Health
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      In Your Sixties and Beyond

      For women 60 or older, this is a time when your body undergoes changes that may include weakening of your bones, which could lead to osteoporosis. During your next Well Woman exam, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about ways to strengthen your bones and lifestyle changes that can help slow down the progression of osteoporosis. Your Well Woman exam may include the following screenings and tests:

      • Pap Test
      • Pap + HPV together
      • Pelvic Exam
      • Clinical/Self-Breast Exam
      • Breast Cancer Screening/Mammogram
      • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
      • Colorectal Cancer Screening
      • Bone Density Test/Osteoporosis
      • High Blood Pressure Check-Up
      • Menstrual Health
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      Your Health is a Priority

      Checkups Improve Women’s Health

      More than 2 billion women worldwide said in 2021 that they weren't tested for breast cancer or any other type of cancer.2

      Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Screenings

      A staggering number of women in the U.S. missed their annual breast and cervical cancer screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic.3

      50% Did Not Schedule Screenings

      A Hologic survey revealed that nearly 50 percent of the 1,000 U.S. females surveyed have not seen a medical professional for a health screening in the past year.4

      Who is Hologic?

      As a world leader in women’s health, we recognize the impact a woman’s health has on her, her family, and her community. With groundbreaking technology at the core, our innovations are designed to achieve exceptional clinical results, making it possible to detect, diagnose, and treat illnesses and other health conditions earlier and more effectively, saving and improving the quality of lives for millions of women.

      To ensure that women’s health is prioritized, we created the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index and Project Health Equality (see below) to drive home the importance of women’s health, screenings, and access to care.

      By helping to keep women healthy, we help keep the world healthy.

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