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Annual Well-Woman Exam Specialist

Richard Lorenzo, DO -  - OB-GYN

Complete Healthcare for Women

Richard Lorenzo, DO

OB-GYN located in Richland, WA

Your annual well-woman wellness exam offered by Complete Healthcare for Women in Richland, Washington, is an essential checkup that screens against disease and protects your health. By being proactive and going every year, you can rest assured that you’ve done everything you can to detect any potential health issues and prevent future conditions from occurring. Come see Dr. Richard Lorenzo to also ensure you have the best reproductive health possible.

Annual Well-Woman Exam Q & A

Who needs an annual exam?

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a woman begin getting annual pelvic and breast exams at age 19 or after first becoming sexually active, whichever comes first. Women should receive their Pap test starting at age 21. Even if you’re done having children or are menopausal or perimenopausal, an annual exam is important to screen for certain cancers and talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms.

What should I expect at an annual exam?

Your annual exam will include:

  • An overall assessment of your health, including your medical history and any symptoms you may have
  • A breast exam to check for lumps and changes to your breast tissue or skin
  • A pelvic exam to check the health of your pelvis, vagina, vulva, uterus, cervix, ovaries, and rectum
  • A Pap test to check for cervical cancer

You may also receive vaccinations according to your specific risks and age, which can include the HPV shot. Additionally, annual exams may include gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV tests for sexually active women from age 19 to 64.

What is the Pap test?

The Pap test, or Pap smear, occurs during your annual exam. The doctor takes a small sample of the cells from your cervix using a swab or small brush. These cells are processed by a laboratory to test for abnormalities that could indicate cervical cancer or the risk of developing it. The Pap test occurs once every three years if your results have been normal. If you’ve had an abnormal Pap test in the past, Dr. Lorenzo may recommend more frequent testing. 

What questions come up at an annual exam?

Dr. Lorenzo will inquire about your sexual history. He’ll also discuss family planning and birth control, if relevant. Sometimes discussing gynecological issues can be uncomfortable, but Complete Healthcare for Women provides a compassionate and understanding place to raise your concerns.

What does it mean if my cycle has changed?

Changes in your cycle may occur due to stress, illness, or pregnancy. If you’re in your 40s or early 50s, it could be perimenopause, the time leading up to menopause. Sometimes, perimenopause can start as early as your 30s. You’re considered postmenopausal after you’ve not gotten a period for a year.

Perimenopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Breast deflation
  • Fatigue
  • Lower sex drive

Discuss how to manage these symptoms with Dr. Lorenzo.

Learn more of the top reasons why you need an annual exam. Click here!

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Complete Healthcare for Women, we participate with most insurance carriers. Here is a short list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance plan. If determined, we do not participate with your insurance company, we will submit claims for you as a courtesy. If the insurance company does not pay within 45-days, you will be responsible for payment of all charges.

Assurant Health
Asuris Northwest Health
Community Health Plan of Washington
First Choice Health
Molina Healthcare
Premera Blue Cross
United Healthcare