The well woman visit is an annual health checkup for adult women to keep up with preventive health services, such as vaccinations, general health counseling, prenatal counseling, and different age-appropriate screenings. This type of visit is a full health check-up, separate from visits to the hospital about specific health complaints. As part of the Affordable Care Act, well woman visits must be paid for by your insurance company, without charging the patient a co-pay, also known as non-cost sharing.
Attending a well woman visit at least once a year is an important chance for women to stay in communication with their doctors and make sure they aren’t missing out on potentially lifesaving care. Of course, if health concerns come up between annual health visits it’s important to reach out to your doctor, but the annual well woman visit can make it easier to be aware of the care you need, feel comfortable seeking care and navigating the healthcare system in general.
Your physical exam gives your provider a good idea of your overall health and determines if you’re at risk for any health conditions. The type of exams and screening may include:
Height/weight/blood pressure measurements
Checking your risk for: Heart disease, Thyroid disorder, Diabetes, Obesity, and more
Breast Exam as part of your clinical exam
A physical exam during which your provider will circle your breasts and feel for lumps or other unusual tissue.
An X-ray of your breasts to detect abnormalities that may not be obvious from a clinical exam. There is a lot of confusion around when to start getting mammograms and how often to receive them. If you and your doctor agree, you can have a mammogram every year starting at age 40.
During your external pelvic exam, your healthcare provider will visually examine the outside of your genital area and feel your abdomen for lumps or anything out of the ordinary.
You may also receive an internal exam and/or a Pap smear, enabling your provider to better examine your reproductive organs and take any samples needed for testing.
STI testing is an important part of protecting your reproductive health and fertility.
Your provider may recommend certain testing based on your age, while other tests may be right for you depending on the presence of symptoms or if you have an increased level of risk.
Here are some resources to help you be more informed about preventive healthcare, what services you may need, and where WWVs are offered in Champaign County.
Well-Woman visits are available at the Community Health Partnership attached to CUPHD building, call (217) 839-3052 to schedule a Well Woman Visit. Everyone is welcome!
Below is a list of health Insurance information and where to go for enrollment.
United Way of Champaign County provides the 2-1-1 Helpline – a free, multi-lingual, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that provides a central access point to health and human services in Champaign County.