Your Well-Woman Exam: Why It’s Essential

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Schedule a Well-Woman Exam–Your Lady Parts Deserve It

Your Well-Woman Exam: Why It’s Essential

As a woman, taking care of your body is uniquely important–and it starts with a yearly evaluation of your overall health. The women on ellentube’s new series “Lady Parts” know how important women’s health is, and they’re answering questions and talking openly about it on each episode. Taking care of your lady parts starts with your well-woman exam, an annual visit with your doctor that’s part discussion and part physical exam. This visit involves any testing or counseling required based on your age, lifestyle and medical history–giving you a better picture of your overall health, as well as any risk for health problems.

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Let’s take a look at some of the important topics your well-woman exam can address.

Schedule a Well-Woman Exam–Your Lady Parts Deserve It

Your Well-Woman Exam: Why It’s Essential

As a woman, taking care of your body is uniquely important–and it starts with a yearly evaluation of your overall health. The women on ellentube’s new series “Lady Parts” know how important women’s health is, and they’re answering questions and talking openly about it on each episode. Taking care of your lady parts starts with your well-woman exam, an annual visit with your doctor that’s part discussion and part physical exam. This visit involves any testing or counseling required based on your age, lifestyle and medical history–giving you a better picture of your overall health, as well as any risk for health problems.

Find out what to expect at your exam Download the Brochure
Get your exam on the calendar Schedule a Reminder
Marci

Breast Health

Taking care of your breast health means something different at various stages of a woman’s life. Beginning at age 20, clinical breast exams, along with at-home self-exams, are crucial. At age 40, talk with your doctor about getting a mammogram every year–find a provider that offers the Genius® 3D Mammography exam, which provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for women of all ages and breast densities.1-7* Early breast cancer detection means a five-year survival rate of nearly 100%.8

*Reference

*Compared to 2D alone.

1. FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005

2. Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507.

3. Zuckerman SP, Conant EF, Keller BM, et al. Implementation of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography in a Population-based Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Program. Radiology. 2016 Dec;281(3):730-736.

4. Skaane P, Bandos A, Eben EB, et al. Two-view digital breast tomosynthesis screening with synthetically reconstructed projection images: comparison with digital breast tomosynthesis with full-field digital mammographic images. Radiology. 2014 Jun;271(3):655-63.

5. Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

6. McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, et al. Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared With Digital Mammography: Outcomes Analysis From 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 1;2(6):737-43.

7. Rafferty EA, Durand MA, Conant EF, et al. Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography in Dense and Nondense Breasts. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26;315(16):1784-6.

8. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Stages 0 & 1: what does is mean to have stage 1 breast cancer? http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-stage-0-and-stage-1. Accessed August 28, 2017

Early detection is very important.” -Marci
Marci

Breast Health

Taking care of your breast health means something different at various stages of a woman’s life. Beginning at age 20, clinical breast exams, along with at-home self-exams, are crucial. At age 40, talk with your doctor about getting a mammogram every year–find a provider that offers the Genius® 3D Mammography exam, which provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for women of all ages and breast densities.1-7* Early breast cancer detection means a five-year survival rate of nearly 100%.8

*Reference

*Compared to 2D alone.

1. FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005

2. Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507.

3. Zuckerman SP, Conant EF, Keller BM, et al. Implementation of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography in a Population-based Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Program. Radiology. 2016 Dec;281(3):730-736.

4. Skaane P, Bandos A, Eben EB, et al. Two-view digital breast tomosynthesis screening with synthetically reconstructed projection images: comparison with digital breast tomosynthesis with full-field digital mammographic images. Radiology. 2014 Jun;271(3):655-63.

5. Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

6. McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, et al. Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared With Digital Mammography: Outcomes Analysis From 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 1;2(6):737-43.

7. Rafferty EA, Durand MA, Conant EF, et al. Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography in Dense and Nondense Breasts. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26;315(16):1784-6.

8. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Stages 0 & 1: what does is mean to have stage 1 breast cancer? http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-stage-0-and-stage-1. Accessed August 28, 2017

Early detection is very important.” -Marci

Cervical Health

The Pap test is the most successful cancer screening tool in history, helping save millions of women’s lives. Though cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., it is now treatable and preventable when caught early. One of the best ways to protect against cervical disease is to get screened regularly, even if you feel healthy. For women ages 21-29, Pap testing is crucial, and for women ages 30+, Pap+HPV Together provides the benefit of two tests with just one sample and detects nearly all cervical cancers.

*Reference

9. Blatt AJ, et al. Comparison of cervical cancer screening results among 256,648 women in multiple clinical practices. Cancer Cytopathol. 2015;123(5):282-288. doi:10.1002/ cncy.21544 (Study included ThinPrep, SurePath and Hybrid Capture 2 assay).

10. Austin RM, et al. Enhanced detection of cervical cancer and precancer through use of imaged liquid-based cytology in routine cytology and HPV cotesting. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;150(5):385-392. doi:10.1093/ajcp/aqy114 (Study included ThinPrep Pap test, ThinPrep imaging, Digene HPV, Cervista HPV and Aptima HPV). ADS-02979-001 Rev. 001 © 2020 Hologic, Inc. All rights reserved. Hologic and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States.

95% of cervical cancers were detected by testing with Pap + HPV Together™ (also known as co-testing).9,10

Cervical Health

The Pap test is the most successful cancer screening tool in history, helping save millions of women’s lives. Though cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., it is now treatable and preventable when caught early. One of the best ways to protect against cervical disease is to get screened regularly, even if you feel healthy. For women ages 21-29, Pap testing is crucial, and for women ages 30+, Pap+HPV Together provides the benefit of two tests with just one sample and detects nearly all cervical cancers.

*Reference

9. Blatt AJ, et al. Comparison of cervical cancer screening results among 256,648 women in multiple clinical practices. Cancer Cytopathol. 2015;123(5):282-288. doi:10.1002/ cncy.21544 (Study included ThinPrep, SurePath and Hybrid Capture 2 assay).

10. Austin RM, et al. Enhanced detection of cervical cancer and precancer through use of imaged liquid-based cytology in routine cytology and HPV cotesting. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;150(5):385-392. doi:10.1093/ajcp/aqy114 (Study included ThinPrep Pap test, ThinPrep imaging, Digene HPV, Cervista HPV and Aptima HPV). ADS-02979-001 Rev. 001 © 2020 Hologic, Inc. All rights reserved. Hologic and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States.

95% of cervical cancers were detected by testing with Pap + HPV Together™ (also known as co-testing).9,10

Vaginal Health

Vaginitis is the most common reason that women visit their OB-GYN. Many women mistakenly think that the symptoms of vaginitis are a yeast infection, and they try to self-treat with over-the-counter medicine. A yeast infection is just one of the four types of vaginitis infections, so it’s important to consult with your doctor to identify the true cause of your symptoms and get the proper treatment.

*Reference

11. Data on file. Vaginitis Patient Survey. Hologic, Inc., June 2019

Half of women with symptoms of vaginitis have already self-treated before they see a doctor.11

Vaginal Health

Vaginitis is the most common reason that women visit their OB-GYN. Many women mistakenly think that the symptoms of vaginitis are a yeast infection, and they try to self-treat with over-the-counter medicine. A yeast infection is just one of the four types of vaginitis infections, so it’s important to consult with your doctor to identify the true cause of your symptoms and get the proper treatment.

*Reference

11. Data on file. Vaginitis Patient Survey. Hologic, Inc., June 2019

Half of women with symptoms of vaginitis have already self-treated before they see a doctor.11

Sexual Health

Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of a healthy sex life. STIs are extremely common, and even though many don’t have symptoms, they can still cause issues if left untreated. For example, untreated chlamydia can lead to infertility. Getting tested every year and with every new partner is the only way to be sure about your sexual health, and it’s the best way to protect your fertility. Talk to your doctor about which STI tests might be right for you.

*Reference

12. Cates JR, Herndon NL, Schulz S L, Darroch JE. (2004). Our voices, our lives, our futures: Youth and sexually transmitted diseases. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

13. Cates JR, et al. Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Futures: Youth and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Chapel Hill, NC: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2004.

14. CDC. GYT Talking Tips. Accessed October 23, 2020.

*Calculations and data estimates based on cited references.

1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STI before age 25.12-14*

Sexual Health

Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of a healthy sex life. STIs are extremely common, and even though many don’t have symptoms, they can still cause issues if left untreated. For example, untreated chlamydia can lead to infertility. Getting tested every year and with every new partner is the only way to be sure about your sexual health, and it’s the best way to protect your fertility. Talk to your doctor about which STI tests might be right for you.

*Reference

12. Cates JR, Herndon NL, Schulz S L, Darroch JE. (2004). Our voices, our lives, our futures: Youth and sexually transmitted diseases. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

13. Cates JR, et al. Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Futures: Youth and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Chapel Hill, NC: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2004.

14. CDC. GYT Talking Tips. Accessed October 23, 2020.

*Calculations and data estimates based on cited references.

1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STI before age 25.12-14*

Janelle

Period Health

One in five women experiences heavy periods, also known as abnormal uterine bleeding. This condition is marked by heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts more than seven days, may require double protection and can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life. The good news is that there is something that can be done about it, despite the common notion that there isn’t. NovaSure® endometrial ablation* is a one-time, five-minute procedure that can safely and effectively reduce or eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding.

Reference

Important Safety Information

*NovaSure® endometrial ablation is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following the NovaSure procedure can be dangerous. The NovaSure procedure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer; have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection; or an IUD. NovaSure endometrial ablation is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include, but are not limited to, thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting. Inform patients to contact you if they experience a possible side effect related to use of this product. If you or someone you know has possibly experienced a side effect when using our product, please contact your physician.

I knew this is what I needed to do for myself.” -Janelle
Janelle

Period Health

One in five women experiences heavy periods, also known as abnormal uterine bleeding. This condition is marked by heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts more than seven days, may require double protection and can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life. The good news is that there is something that can be done about it, despite the common notion that there isn’t. NovaSure® endometrial ablation* is a one-time, five-minute procedure that can safely and effectively reduce or eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding.

Reference

Important Safety Information

*NovaSure® endometrial ablation is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following the NovaSure procedure can be dangerous. The NovaSure procedure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer; have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection; or an IUD. NovaSure endometrial ablation is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include, but are not limited to, thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting. Inform patients to contact you if they experience a possible side effect related to use of this product. If you or someone you know has possibly experienced a side effect when using our product, please contact your physician.

I knew this is what I needed to do for myself.” -Janelle

Make Your Health a Priority

For more detailed information about what to expect during a well-woman exam, download the brochure below. In the meantime, set up a quick calendar reminder to book an appointment and have a conversation with your doctor. It’s the best way to care for your overall health.

Find out what to expect at your exam Download the Brochure
Get your exam on the calendar Schedule a Reminder

Catch up on the latest Lady Parts episodes

Lady Parts

Make Your Health a Priority

For more detailed information about what to expect during a well-woman exam, download the brochure below. In the meantime, set up a quick calendar reminder to book an appointment and have a conversation with your doctor. It’s the best way to care for your overall health.

Find out what to expect at your exam Download the Brochure
Get your exam on the calendar Schedule a Reminder

Catch up on the latest Lady Parts episodes

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